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Catherine Milne

Professor of Science Education

Teaching and Learning


Catherine Milne is professor in science education at New York University. Her research interests include the role of material culture in teaching and learning, socio-cultural elements of teaching and learning science, the role of the history of science in learning science and models of teacher education. She is author of The Invention of Science: Why History of Science Matters for the Classroom (2011). Her co-edited volumes include Sociocultural Studies and Implications for Science Education: The Experiential and the Virtual(2015) and Material Practice and Materiality: Too Long Ignored in Science Education (2019)She is co-Editor-in-Chief for the international journal, Cultural Studies of Science Educationand co-editor of two book series, one for Springer Nature and the other, Brill Sense Publishers.


Science Education

Become an effective science educator and leader in schools and nonprofits, and turn your passion for science into a career that makes a difference.

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Science in Our Lives: Biodiversity and the Earth

In this course students explore the Earth as an integrated, dynamic system involving the material world and diversity of living things which we call biodiversity. Specifically, this course explores the flow of energy and materials through the Earth System and potential human impact on this system. Through the practices of science students learn to use data to produce scientific knowledge for themselves and the public while exploring the question of what it means to engage in citizen science.
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Teaching and Learning
Liberal Arts Core
Natural Science