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Dr. Ken Schoon


Dr. Ken Schoon, a Gary native and professor of science education, has an geology minor in chemistr and physics), and secondary education, and a Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction.  In 1990, after 22 years as a middle and high school teacher, he joined the Urban Teacher Education Program.  Two years later, he was named Assistant Professor of Science Education.  He regularly teaches EDUC M437 and M446/S508, the science methods courses for middle school and high school.  In 1999 he was invited to join IU's Faculty Colloquium on Excellence in Teaching FACET).  Dr. Schoon's research interests center around misconceptions in science and local studies.  His book, Calumet Beginnings, came out in October of 2003.  In the works are a tree identification book for North American cities and a coffee-table book about the Indiana Dunes.  In addition he is a board member and past president of the Dunes Learning Center and a member of the IU Northwest Science Olympiad committee.