Professor Emeritus and founding director of the Lesley University Ph.D. Program in Educational Studies
George E. Hein
Professional Title: Professor Emeritus, Senior Research Associate
Areas of Academic Focus and Expertise: Science education, museum education
Education: Ph.D., University of Michigan; M.S., University of Michigan, B.A., Cornell University
Representative List of Recent Publications / Exhibitions: G. E. Hein, Progressive Museum Practice: John Dewey and Democracy, Left Coast Press, 2012.G.E. Hein, Learning in the Museum, London: Routledge, 1998.G. E. Hein, “A Progressive Education Perspective on Evaluation,” In B. S. Engel and A. C. Martin, eds. Holding Values: What We Mean by Progressive Education, Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann, 2005, pp. 176-181.G. E. Hein, "The Challenge of Constructivist Teaching," in E. Mirochnik and D. C. Sherman, editors, Passion and Pedagogy: Reflection, Creation, and Transformation in Teaching, Peter Lang: New York, 2002.G. E. Hein, "The Logic of Program Evaluation: What Should We Evaluate in Teacher Enhancement Projects?" in Friel, S. N. and G. W. Bright, Reflecting on Our Work: NSF Teacher Enhancement in K-6 Mathematics, Lanham, MD: University Press of American Inc., 1996.
George E. Hein is active in visitor studies and museum education as a
lecturer and consultant. Originally trained as a chemist, he turned to
science education and then museum education, joining Lesley University
in 1975. He was a Fulbright Research Fellow in Science Education at
Kings College, London (1990), visiting faculty member at the University
of Leicester Museum Studies Program (1996), Visiting Scholar at the
California Institute of Technology (1998), Osher Fellow at The
Exploratorium in San Francisco (1999) and Visiting Professor at
University of Technology, Sydney (2000). During the 2009-10
academic year he was a Research Fellow at the Center Education and
Museum Studies at the Smithsonian Institution. He is the author, with
Mary Alexander, of Museums, Places of Learning (AAM,1998) and of
Learning in the Museum (Routledge, 1998) as well as numerous articles on
visitor studies, museum education and museology. He has lectured widely
in the united States and abroad including cultural tours in Brazil,
Finland, Greece, Mexico, Norway, Spain and Taiwan. He has been active in
ICOM/CECA serving as both secretary and president of CECA in the 1990s.
His primary current interest is the significance of John Dewey's work
for museums.View Dr. Hein's Curriculum Vitae.
Two lectures by George Hein:"Why Museum Educators?" Keynote address, ICOM/CECA meeting, Zagreb, Croatia. September 18, 2011. "An Introduction to Constructivist Learning Education Theory." Keynote address, Internationalt Formidlingsseminar, Nyborg, Denmark. March 15, 2010.
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