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Philip Bell



  • Higher Ed: Education 


Philip Bell pursues a cognitive and cultural program of research across diverse environments focused on how people learn in ways that are personally consequential to them. He is an associate professor of the Learning Sciences at the University of Washington Seattle and holds the Geda and Phil Condit Distinguished Professorship of Science and Mathematics Education. His research focuses on everyday expertise in science and health, culturally responsive science instruction, the use of emerging learning technologies in science classrooms, children's argumentation and conceptual change in science, and new approaches to inquiry instruction in science. Bell directs the UW Institute for Science and Math Education, co-Directs the Learning in Informal and Formal Environments (LIFE) science of learning research center, directs the Learning Sciences Graduate program at UW, and directs the Everyday Science & Technology Research Group. He recently served on the Board on Science Education at the National Academy of Sciences where he co-chaired the recent consensus committee on Learning Science in Informal Environments and where he currently serves on the NRC Committee to Develop a Conceptual Framework for New Science Education Standards. Bell has a background in human cognition and development, science education, computer science, and electrical engineering.