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George O'Brien

Associate Professor

Teaching and Learning

Office: ZEB 257A

Phone: 305-348-2599


Specialty: Science Education

George E. O'Brien earned his PhD in Science Education from The University of Iowa in 1985. O'Brien has authored and co-authored over 70 published manuscripts since 1984. He has presented at numerous international, national, regional, state, and local conferences/meetings.Currently, he serves as an Editorial Review Board Member for three scholarly journals. He has teamed with colleagues as PI, Co-PI, and Senior Personnel for many funded projects. O'Brien was chairperson of the Elementary Education Department (1993-1998) and chairperson of the Curriculum and Instruction Department (2008-2009). Currently, among other roles and responsibilities, he is a member of the FIU Social and Behavioral Institutional Review Board (SB-IRB) and a member of the Tenure, Promotion and Personnel Committee for the College of Arts, Sciences & Education.

Research Areas

The use of social constructivist frameworks to study science, Environmental, and science education teaching & learning, Educating science teachers for sustainability, Developing and strengthening teacher learning environments based upon the design of Four Levels of Educational Outcomes and specific STEM content themes, Enhancing science education communities for diverse students while utilizing project-based science, science-technology-society-environments, and innovative learning technologies