Prof. of Science Education, University of Wisconsin-Madison
My main area of research focuses on the history of science education in American high schools. I also write about issues related to the nature of science in the present-day school curriculum and on how the history, philosophy, and sociology of science have been used in science education research. I am currently working on a book-length historical study that examines the varied ways knowledge generation in science—from laboratory work to scientific inquiry—has been portrayed in classrooms over the past 130 or so years in the United States.
Professor Rudolph received his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in curriculum and instruction and has a masters degree in the history of science from Wisconsin as well. Prior to his appointment in the department, he spent a number of years teaching physics, chemistry, and biology in middle schools and high schools across Wisconsin. In addition to his appointment in C&I, he has affiliate appointments in the Departments of History of Science and Educational Policy Studies and is also a faculty affiliate in the Robert and Jean Holtz Center for Science and Technology Studies on campus. He is the past editor-in-chief of the Wiley & Sons journal Science Education.
His work has been funded by the National Science Foundation and the Spencer Foundation. During the 2004-05 academic year he was awarded a National Academy of Education/Spencer Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship.