KENNETH TOBIN is a Distinguished Professor at The Graduate Center at the City University of New York. Prior to commencing a career as a teacher educator, he taught high school science and mathematics in Australia and was involved in curriculum design. Tobin’s research interests are focused on the teaching and learning of science in urban schools, which involve mainly African American students living in conditions of poverty. A parallel program of research focuses on co-teaching as a way of learning to teach in urban high schools. The methodology he employs includes research practices that cohere with theories from cultural sociology, the sociology of emotions and activity theory. His approach, which is largely critical ethnography, is augmented with micro-analyses that involve intensive research using video. Tobin’s teaching employs methods that are engaging to learners and get them actively involved in reading, writing, and researching. He uses technology extensively (e.g., digital videotape and computer-based editing). Tobin wishes to promote independence in his students and believes that his role is to mediate in their constructing intellectual tools that will distinguish them as thoughtful and scholarly practitioners who understand the need for recursion between theory and practice.
Tobin, K. (2008, April). How far we have come after two decades of progress: A Re-visitation to the Challenge of "Science For All Americans." Invited presentation at the annual meeting of the National Association for Research in Science Teaching, Baltimore, MD. Tobin, K. (2008, April). Synchronizing face-to-face encounters to produce success in urban science. Paper to be presented at the annual meeting of the National Association for Research in Science Teaching, Baltimore, MD.