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Rudolph’s ‘How We Teach Science’ receives Choice Outstanding Academic Title honor

December 30, 2019

A book from UW–Madison’s John Rudolph was selected as a Choice Outstanding Academic Title for 2019.

Rudolph’s book is titled, “How We Teach Science: What’s Changed, and Why It Matters,” which was published by Harvard University Press.

How We Teach Science book coverRudolph, a professor and chair of the School of Education’s highly regarded Department of Curriculum and Instruction, is an expert on the history of science education in American schools.

With the legitimacy of science increasingly under attack, this work explains how and why we teach science in schools matters.

Rudolph, who started his career as a middle and high school science teacher in Wisconsin, notes that while there is a strong belief in this country that science should be taught, there is less agreement about how to teach it, or why.

Digging into this topic, Rudolph explains that the most important question to ask is “Why should we teach science?” The answer to that question, he says, will then determine how it is taught.

Every year Choice publishes a list of Outstanding Academic Titles that were reviewed during the previous calendar year. This prestigious list reflects the best in scholarly titles reviewed by Choice and brings with it the extraordinary recognition of the academic library community.

Choice is a publishing unit of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) dedicated to providing the academic library community with the tools and services it needs, through a variety of resources including Choice magazine and the Choice Reviews database.


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