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Peter Rillero

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Associate Professor
Faculty, WEST Campus, Mailcode 3151
Assoc Professor
Faculty, WEST Campus, Mailcode 3151
Biography

Peter Rillero, PhD, is an associate professor of science education at Arizona State University. He has been a science educator for over thirty years. Rillero joined the US Peace Corps in 1982 and taught grades 8 to 10 in a rural school in Kenya for three years. He taught high school general science, physics, biology, and science research for four years in a public school in Bronx, NY, while earning a masters degree in science education (Teachers College, Columbia University) and a masters degree in biology (City University of New York). Rillero accepted a tenure-track faculty position in science education at Arizona State University in 1994 after earning his doctoral degree in science education from The Ohio State University with Stan Helgeson as his major advisor. He was an exchange professor at the National University of Costa Rica, a Fulbright Lecturer in science education in Iceland, STEM consultant in Cebu, Philippines, and Chair of the department of secondary education. Rillero has authored and co-authored dozens of books with the goal of improving science education. His scholarship interests focus around science education and include deep conceptual learning, problem-based learning, inquiry, teacher education, program evaluation, modeling, graphing, international education, and the history of science education. Rillero is working on a US Department of Education grant which combines problem-based learning with methods for helping English language learners in an approach called Problem-Based Enhanced-Language Learning (PBELL).

Research Interests

Guiding Research Questions:

  • How can we as a college embrace Problem-Based Enhanced-Language Learning?
  • What do elementary preservice teachers understand about graphing as it relates to science education?
  • How can we promote science teacher education in developing countries?

Current Research Projects:

  • Dr. Rillero works on a US Department of Education grant where he combines Problem-Based Learning with methods for helping English language learners in an approach we call Problem-Based Enhanced-Language Learning (PBELL). PBL is an important methods for integrating STEM. 
  • Dr. Rillero researches how to best teach preservice elementary science teachers graphing abilities, which again is of critical importance for STEM
  • Dr. Rillero has been active in program evaluation for Arizona Board of Regents ITQ grants for the last four years as well as for Intel Corporation and Arizona Department of Education. 
Publications
  • Rillero, P. & Hernandez, J. (April/May 2016). Problem-Based Enhanced-Language Learning with Pendulums. Science Scope, 39(8), 10-15
  • Jimenez-Silva, M., Merritt, J., Rillero, P., & Kelley, M. (2016). Working Together to Prepare Teachers of Science and Language: Examining the Value of Collaboration Among Science and Language Faculty. Electronic Journal of Science Education, 20(3).  http://ejse.southwestern.edu/article/view/15866
  • Rillero, P. (2010). The Rise and Fall of Science Education:  A Content Analysis of Science in Elementary Reading Textbooks of the Nineteenth Century. School Science and Mathematics, 110(5), 227-237.
Research Activity
Spring 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
EED 411Science in Elementary Schools
Fall 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
EED 411Science in Elementary Schools
SED 482Science Teaching Methods
Spring 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
EED 411Science in Elementary Schools
Fall 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
EED 411Science in Elementary Schools
SED 482Science Teaching Methods
Spring 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
HON 394Special Topics
EED 411Science in Elementary Schools
Fall 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
EED 411Science in Elementary Schools
Summer 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
EED 411Science in Elementary Schools
Spring 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
EED 411Science in Elementary Schools
Fall 2013
Course NumberCourse Title
EED 411Science in Elementary Schools
SED 482Science Teaching Methods
Summer 2013
Course NumberCourse Title
EED 411Science in Elementary Schools
Spring 2013
Course NumberCourse Title
EED 411Science in Elementary Schools
Fall 2012
Course NumberCourse Title
SED 482Science Teaching Methods
SCN 494Special Topics