Research Papers in Physics and Astronomy


Date of this Version

December 2003


Published in Journal of Science Education and Technology, Vol. 12, No. 4 (December 2003), pp. 359–369. Copyright © 2003 Plenum Publishing Corporation/ Springer. Used by permission.


Robert Karplus (1927–90), who began his career as a brilliant theoretical physicist, switched to science education in the early 1960s. He made many substantial contributions to this field in addition to developing a complete K–6 hands-on science curriculum. Karplus provided his curriculum with a sound epistemological foundation, based on the work of Piaget. He developed an effective classroom teaching strategy, the learning cycle. He and his team used a scientific approach to curriculum development. They focused on teacher development. Karplus was committed to science for ALL students. Through science activities he sought to share the joy of discovery. A recent book collects some of his important papers and enables you to examine his work for yourself and see what you discover.

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