overview

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 Articles23
  • Pleasants, J., Tank, K. M., & Olson, J. K. (2021). Conceptual connections between science and engineering in elementary teachers’ unit plans. International Journal of STEM Education. 8(1), 16.
  • Herman, B. C., Olson, J. K., & Clough, M. P. (2019). The Role of Informal Support Networks in Teaching the Nature of Science. Research in Science Education. 49(1), 191-218.
  • Pleasants, J., Clough, M. P., Olson, J. K., & Miller, G. (2019). Fundamental Issues Regarding the Nature of Technology. Science & Education. 28(3-5), 561-597.
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  • Pleasants, J., & Olson, J. K. (2019). Refining an Instrument and Studying Elementary Teachers Understanding of the Scope of Engineering. Journal of Pre-College Engineering Education Research (J-PEER). (2),
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  • Pleasants, J., & Olson, J. K. (2019). What is engineering? Elaborating the nature of engineering for K12 education. Science Education. (1),
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Books2
  • Clough, M. P., Olson, J. K., & Niederhauser, D. S. (2013). Introduction. SensePublishers.
  • Clough, M. P., Olson, J. K., & Niederhauser, D. S. (2013). The Nature of Technology. SensePublishers.
Chapters5
  • Olson, J. K., & Clough, M. P. (2013). A Cautionary Note. The Nature of Technology. 189-200. SensePublishers.
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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. 129-162. SensePublishers.
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  • Olson, J. K. (2013). The Purposes of Schooling and the Nature of Technology. The Nature of Technology. 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. 247-266. Springer Netherlands.
  • Appleton, K. (2005). Elementary Science Teacher Education. Appleton, K. (Eds.), Elementary Science Teacher Education: International Perspectives on Contemporary Issues and Practice. 127-151. Routledge.
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.
Email
jkolson@tamu.edu
First Name
Joanne
Last Name
Olson
mailing address
Texas A&M University; Teaching, Learning And Culture (Tlac); 4232 TAMU
College Station, TX 77843-4232
USA