Joe Cain Wins the 2007 Joseph H. Hazen Education Prize from the History of Science Society The History of Science Society is pleased to award this year¹s Joseph H. Hazen Education Prize to Dr. Joe Cain, Senior Lecturer in the History and Philosophy of Biology in the Department of Science and Technology Studies, University College London. The Joseph H. Hazen Education Prize was established to recognize outstanding contributions to the teaching of history of science. Dr. Cain has actively advanced history of science education in the History of Science Society and in the British Society for the History of Science. Before that he was an associate editor for the U.S. National Science Teachers Association, where he co-authored projects which served as models for embedding the history and philosophy of science in the U.S. secondary curriculum. Cain has been active in his own teaching, in the assessment of teaching and learning in the history of science at his institution, and in the creation of educational standards for history and philosophy of science across the United Kingdom. He¹s been a leader in the creation of Web-based resources for teaching at both the undergraduate and secondary levels. He has produced numerous and influential publications on history of science pedagogy, and has spoken widely on teaching and learning in the history of science. Colleagues and students emphasize Cain¹s commitment to student-centered learning and to making teachers accountable for well-defined and consistent standards of instruction. Cain¹s colleagues also note his commitment to the career development of his own students as teachers, and his passion for innovation in both pedagogical research and practice. They conclude: ³we do not know of anyone else in the field who has advanced and consolidated educational practices in so many ways.² The Hazen prize was established in honor of Joseph H. Hazen, a long-time and generous supporter of the history of science.
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