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Dr. John Pecore


Dr. John Pecore researches innovative ways to engage students in science. 

They include using inquiry projects and cases to stimulate students’ interest in learning science.  Pecore also has examined teachers’ facilitation of science inquiry pedagogy.

His work has been published in books, book chapters and refereed journal articles. Pecore co-edited a book, “Interplay of Creativity and Giftedness in Science” and was section editor for the “International Handbook of Progressive Education.” 

His scholarly interest includes situating learning in contextualized experiences with an emphasis in project-based learning and instruction; he has written about progressive education, science self-efficacy, teaching practices, and science standards. Pecore’s work has appeared in The Journal of Mathematics and Science, Interdisciplinary Journal of Problem-Based Learning, Journal of Women and Minorities in Science and Engineering, International Journal of Progressive Education and The Science Teacher, among others.

Pecore has been awarded several science education-related grants, including one from the National Science Foundation. He provides teacher workshops, summer camps and community outreach both regionally and nationally.

Pecore, a former environmental scientist, taught science courses in middle and high school before he earned a Ph.D. in Teaching and Learning from Georgia State University. He has a M.Ed. in Science Education from Georgia State and a B.S. in Physics and Chemistry from Old Dominion University.

Keywords: progressive education, project-based learning, science creativity and giftedness, science self-efficacy, teaching practices, science standards