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Michael Clough
Professor of Science Education, Teaching, Learning, and Culture
Office#: 335 Harrington Office Building
Mail Stop: 4232
Office Phone: (979) 845-8384
Directory Title: Professor of Science Education
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Office Hours
Monday     noon - 2pm
Wednesday     noon - 2pm
Short Bio
Dr. Michael Clough taught high school biology and chemistry for seven years before moving to a university research and teaching faculty position. He has received several awards for his teaching and scholarship, including the Association for Science Teacher Education (ASTE) Outstanding Science Teacher Educator of the Year award. His 67 peer-reviewed publications, 93 other publications, and 350 presentations and workshops address: (1) the role of history and nature of science and technology in improving STEM education, STEM teacher education, and public STEM literacy; (2) research-based pedagogical decision-making; (3) science teachers' crucial role in effective STEM education; (4) effective laboratory instruction; and (5) the synthesis, criticism, and clarification of extant knowledge and research in STEM education. He is a former president of the International History, Philosophy and Science Teaching (IHPST) organization (, former Associate Editor of the Journal of Research in Science Teaching (Impact Factor: 3.210 and ISI Journal Citation Reports [2017] Ranking 11/238, Education & Educational Research), presently an Editorial Board member of the journal Science & Education (Impact Factor: 1.265), and current Editor of the Springer book series "Science: Philosophy, History and Education".
Research Interests
History and nature of science in science education
Laboratory learning
Research-based science pedagogy
Publications (journal articles, books, book chapters)*

1. Pleasants, J., Clough, M. P., Olson, J. K., & Miller, G. (2019). Fundamental issues regarding the nature of technology: Implications for STEM education. Science & Education. 28(3-5), 561-597. DOI: 10.1007/s11191-019-00056-y

2. Yan, S., Scaramuzzo, P., Clough, M. P., & Slattery, P. (2019). Moral education in troubled times: Insights from Barad, Levinas, and Baumann. In S. L. Raye., S. Masta., S. T. Cook., & J. Burdick (Eds.), Ideating pedagogy in troubled times: Approaches to identity, theory, teaching, and research. Charlotte, NC: Information Age Press.

3. 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. DOI 10.1007/s11165-016-9610-2.

4. Wilcox, J., Kruse, J.W., & Clough, M.P. (2017). Blending In: Using an adaptation activity to integrate math and science. Science & Children. 54(9), 60-66.

5. Clough, M.P. (2017). History and Nature of Science in Science Edcuation. Chapter 3 in Taber, K. & Akpan, B. (Eds) Science education: An international course companion, pp 39-51. Rottterdam, The Netherlands, Sense Publishers.

6. Herman, B. C., Clough, M. P. & Olson, J. K. (2017). Pedagogical Reflections by Secondary Science Teachers at Different NOS Implementation Levels. Research in Science Education, 47(1), 161-184. DOI: 10.1007/s11165-015-9494-6. Available at

7. Herman, B. C., Olson, J. K., & Clough, M. P. (2017). The role of informal support networks in teaching the nature of science. Research in Science Education. DOI 10.1007/s11165-016-9610-2

* Publication was joint-authored with students
Diss Publication was from a dissertation
ROS Publication was from a record of study

Courses Taught
2020 - 2021
EDCI 668
2019 - 2020
EDCI 667
2018 - 2019
EDCI 668
2017 - 2018
EDCI 667
Editorial Positions

Editorial Board Member (2017 - 2020). Science and Education

Associate Editor (2015 - 2020). Journal of Research in Science Teaching


(2017-2017). Innovations in Teaching Science Teachers Award.  This award is given by "Association for Science Teacher Education"

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