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Anton Lawson


  • Higher Ed: Science 


Professor Lawsons career in biology education began in the late 1960s in California where he taught middle school science and mathematics for three years before completing his Ph. D. at the University of Oklahoma and moving to Purdue University in 1973. Lawson continued his research career at the Lawrence Hall of Science, University of California Berkeley in 1974, and then moved to Arizona State University in 1977, where he currently conducts research and teaches courses in biology, in biology teaching methods, and in research methods. Lawson has published over 200 articles and over 20 books including Science Teaching and the Development of Thinking (Wadsworth: Belmont, CA, 1995), Biology: A Critical Thinking Approach, (Addison Wesley: Menlo Park, CA, 1994), and The Neurological Basis of Learning, Development and Discovery, (Kluwer: Dordrecht, The Netherlands, 2003). Lawsons most recent book is an introductory biology textbook called Biology: An Inquiry Approach, (Kendall/Hunt; Dubuque, IA, 2004). Lawson is perhaps best known for his research articles in science education, which have three times been judged to be the most significant articles of the year by the National Association for Research in Science Teaching (NARST). He has also received NARSTs career award for Distinguished Contributions to Science Education Research as well as the Outstanding Science Educator of the Year Award by the Association for the Education of Teachers in Science. 


biology education, cognitive science, the nature and development of reasoning patterns, the nature of science 


205. Lawson, A.E. (2001). What should students learn about the nature of science and how should we teach it? In J. Cusick (Ed.). Practicing Science: The Investigative Approach in College Science Teaching. Arlington, VA: National Science Teachers Association Press. 1-11.
206. Lawson, A.E. (2001). Promoting creative and critical thinking in college biology. Bioscene: Journal of College Biology Teaching, 27(1), 13-24.
207. Lawson, A.E. (2001). Using the learning cycle to teach biology concepts and reasoning patterns. Journal of Biological Education, 35(4), 165-169.
208. Baker, W.P. & Lawson, A.E. (2001). Complex instructional analogies and theoretical concept acquisition in college genetics. Science Education, 85, 665-683.
209. Lawson, A.E. (2002). The learning cycle. In Fuller, R.G. (Ed.). A Love of Discovery: Science Education - The Second Career of Robert Karplus. New York: Kluwer Academic Publishers.
210. Lawson, A.E. & Johnson, M.A. (2002). Investigating the validity of learning styles and developmental levels in college biology. Studies in Higher Education, 27(1), 79-90.
211. Lawson, A.E., Benford, R., Bloom, I., Carlson, M.P., Falconer, K., Hestenes, D., Judson, E., Piburn, M.D., Sawada, D., Turley, J., & Wyckoff, S. (2002). Evaluating college science and mathematics instruction. Journal of College Science Teaching. 31(6), 388-393.
212. Lawson, A.E. (2002). What does Galileo's discovery of Jupiter's moons tell us about the process of scientific discovery? Science & Education, 11(1), 1-24.
213. Lawson, A.E. (2002). Sound and faulty arguments generated by pre-service biology teachers when testing hypotheses involving un-observable entities. Journal of Research in Science Teaching, 39(3), 237-252.
214. Lawson, A.E. (2002). Teaching concepts and developing reasoning skills using learning cycles.
The School Science Review. 1(4), 1-19. The School Science Review is an electronic journal:
215. Lawson, A.E. (2002). The origin of logical reasoning: Does a cheater detection module exist? Journal of Genetic Psychology, 163(4), 425-444.
216. Baker, W.P., Lang, M., & Lawson, A.E. (2002). Classroom management for successful inquiry. The Clearing House, 75(5), 1-5.
217. Lawson, A.E. (2003). The Neurological Basis of Learning, Development and Discovery: Implications for Teaching Science and Mathematics. Dordrecht, The Netherlands: Kluwer Academic Publishers.
218. Lawson, A.E. & Wollman, W.T. (2003). Encouraging the transition from concrete to formal cognitive functioning - an experiment. Journal of Research in Science Teaching, 40(Supplement), 33-50.
219. Lawson, A.E. (2003). Using the RTOP to Evaluate Reformed Science and Mathematics Instruction. In R.A. McCray, R.L. DeHaan, and J.A. Schuck (Eds.), Improving Undergraduate Instruction in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. National Research Council, The National Academies. Washington D.C
220. Lawson, A.E. (2003). Allchin's shoehorn, or why science is hypothetico-deductive. Science & Education. 12(3), 331-337.
221. Lawson, A.E. (2003). The nature and development of hypothetico-predictive argumentation with implications for science teaching. International Journal of Science Education, 25(11), 1387-1408.
222. Adamson, S.L., Burtch, M., Cox III, F., Judson, E., , Turley, J.B., Benford, R., and Lawson, A.E. (2003). Reformed undergraduate instruction and its subsequent impact on secondary school teaching practice and student achievement. Journal of Research in Science Teaching, 40(10), 939-957.
223. Lawson, A.E. (2004). Reasoning and brain function. In R.J. Sternberg & J.P. Leighton (Eds.), The Nature of Reasoning. New York: Cambridge University Press.
224. Lawson, A.E. (2004). T. rex, the crater of doom, and the nature of scientific discovery. Science & Education, 13(3), 155-177.
225. Lawson, A.E. (2004). Biology: An Inquiry Approach. Dubuque, Iowa: Kendall/Hunt
226. Lawson, A.E. (2004). Preserving our intellectual history: The history and development of the learning cycle. Proceedings 2003-2004 AETS Annual Conference. Muncie, IN: Association for the Education of Teachers in Science.
227. Lawson, A.E. (in press). What is the role of induction and deduction in reasoning and scientific inquiry? Journal of Research in Science Teaching.
228. Lawson, A.E. (in review). What do practicing biologists believe about the nature of biology? International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education.
229. Judson, E. & Lawson, A.E. (in review). What is the role of constructivist teachers within faculty communication networks? Journal of Research in Science Teaching.
230. Lawson, A.E. (in press). Secondary Science Teaching Methods: Constructing Scientific Knowledge. Belmont, CA: Wadsworth.
231. Lawson, A.E. (2004). A reply to Allchins pseudohistory and pseudoscience. Science & Education, 13(6), 599-605.
232. Lawson, A.E. (in press). The nature and development of scientific reasoning: A synthetic view. International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education.
232. Cardellini, L. & Lawson, A.E. (in press). An interview with Anton E. Lawson. The American Biology Teacher.
233. Lawson, A.E., Banks, D.L., & Logvin, M. (submitted). Self-efficacy, reasoning ability and achievement in college biology. Journal of Educational Psychology.
234. Lawson, A.E. (in press). Editorial: Conducting high quality research. International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education.
235. Lawson, A.E. (in press). Developing Scientific Reasoning Patterns in College Biology. Mintzes, J.J. & Leonard, W.H. (Eds). Handbook of College Science Teaching: Theory, Research, and Practice. National Science Teachers Association.
236. Lawson, A.E. (submitted). William Harvey, predicting capillaries, and the nature of science " one more time. The American Biology Teacher.
237. Cardellini, L. (2005). An interview with Anton E. Lawson. The American Biology Teacher, 67(3), 217-223.