I am a professor in science education at Texas A&M University and the former president of the Association for Science Teacher Education. My research efforts focus on: 1) science teacher preparation; 2) the inclusion of engineering in elementary science standards and how \"STEM\" is addressed by teachers and teacher education programs; 3) the nature of science and nature of engineering and their role in improving STEM education; 4) philosophical underpinnings of teacher education and their role in curriculum design and pedagogical practices.

education and training
selected publications
Academic Articles24
  • Clough, M. P., Olson, J. K., & Niederhauser, D. S. (2013). Introduction. SensePublishers.
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  • Clough, M. P., Olson, J. K., & Niederhauser, D. S. (2013). The nature of technology: Implications for learning and teaching. SensePublishers.
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  • Olson, J. K., & Clough, M. P. (2013). A Cautionary Note. The Nature of Technology. (pp. 189-200). SensePublishers.
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  • Olson, J. K., & Appleton, K. (2013). Considering curriculum for elementary science methods courses. Elementary Science Teacher Education: International Perspectives on Contemporary Issues and Practice. (pp. 127-151). Routledge.
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  • Olson, J. K., Clough, M. P., & Penning, K. A. (2013). Social Networking Technology and Societal Expectations for Teachers as Role Models. The Nature of Technology. (pp. 129-162). SensePublishers.
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  • Olson, J. K. (2013). The purposes of schooling and the nature of technology the end of education?. The Nature of Technology: Implications for Learning and Teaching. (pp. 217-248). SensePublishers.
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  • Clough, M. P., & Olson, J. K. (2012). Impact of a Nature of Science and Science Education Course on Teachers’ Nature of Science Classroom Practices. Advances in Nature of Science Research. (pp. 247-266). Springer Netherlands.
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Conference Papers1
  • Haughery, J. R., Raman, D. R., Olson, J. K., & Freeman, S. A. (2019). Robots, Motivation, and Academic Success. International Journal of Engineering Education. 35(6), 1859-1871.
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Texas A&M University; Teaching, Learning And Culture (Tlac); 4232 TAMU
College Station, TX 77843-4232