Professor of Science Education

Department of Curriculum & Instruction, University of Houston, Houston, Texas 77204-5027



Ph. D.

Science Education



M. S.

General Science



B. S.





Research, Teaching, and Curriculum Development in Science Education.



Teaching Science in the Elementary School, Teaching Science in the Secondary School; Teaching Biology, Chemistry, and Physics-Based Science; Individualizing Science Instruction; and Trends and Issues in Science Teaching. (1972 - present).



Eighth and ninth grade general science, 10th grade biology, and 11th grade chemistry. Lakewood, NY. (1964 - 1967).



Improve science achievement and interest through curriculum balance and effective instruction. - Analyze science textbooks for a balance of themes of scientific literacy.



Chiappetta, E. L., Koballa, T., Collette, A. T. (2002). Science instruction in the middle and secondary schools. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Merrill/Prentice Hall.

Chiappetta, E. L., Fillman, D. A. (1998). Clarifying the place of essential topics and unifying principles in high school biology. School Science and Mathematics, 9(10), 12-18.

Chiappetta, E. L. (1997). Inquiry-based science. The Science Teacher, 64(10), 22-26.

Kellough, R. D. (Eds.), Cangelosi, J., Collette, A. T., Chiappetta, E. L., Souviney, R. J., Trowbridge, L. W., Bybee, R. W. (1996). Integrating mathematics and science for intermediate and middleschool students. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice Hall.

Chiappetta, E. L., Sethna, G. H., Fillman, D. A. (1993). Do middle school lifescience textbooks provide a balance of scientific literacy themes? Journal of Research in Science Teaching, 30, 787-797.

Chiappetta, E. L., Lueckemeyer, C. (1993). Two instructional models for teaching science and preparing science teachers. The Texas Science Teacher, 22(2), 16-18.

Chiappetta, E. L. (1987, Fourth printing 1992). Ideas and activities for physical science. College of Education, University of Houston, 390 pages.

Chiappetta, E. L. (1991). School science education in the U.S.: A historical overview. In S. K. Majumar, L. M. Rosenfeld, P. A. Rubba, E. W. Miller, R. F. Schmalz (Eds.), Science education in the United States: Issues, crises, and priorities. Easton, PA: The Pennsylvania Academy of Science, 939-951.

Chiappetta, E. L., Fillman, D. A., Sethna, G. H. (1991). A method to quantify major themes of scientific literacy in science textbooks. Journal of Research in Science Teaching, 28, 713-725.

Chiappetta, E. L., Fillman, D. A., Sethna, G. H. (1991). A quantitative analysis of high school chemistry textbooks for scientific literacy themes and expository learning aids. Journal of Research in Science Teaching, 28, 939-951.

Chiappetta, E. L., Waxman, H. C., Sethna, G. H. (1990). Student attitudes and perceptions. The Science Teacher, 57(4), 52-55.

Chiappetta, E. L. (1987). Body levers. The Science Teacher, 54(1), 34-41.

Russell, M. J., Chiappetta, E. L. (1981). The effects of a problem solving strategy on the achievement of earth science students. Journal of Research in Science Teaching, 18, 295-302.

Chiappetta, E. L. (1976). A review of Piagetian studies relevant to science instruction at the secondary and college level. Science Education, 60, 253-261.

Chiappetta, E. L., Collette, A. T. (1975). The effectiveness of verbal  label training in aiding second grade pupils to transfer their classificatory skill. Journal of Research in Science Teaching, 12, 183-191.

Roberts, R., Jones, H, Chiappetta, E. L. (1974). A concerns-based elementary science methods course. Science Education, 58, 377-383.



· "Chemicals and the Environment: Science Teachers Institute - A two- week program held each July. Funded by the Texas Chemical Council (1990-present).

· “Integrating Physical and Chemistry with Everyday Life” - A one-year project for 20 physical science teachers. Funded by Eisenhower Grants. 1999-2000.

· "Investigations for Sixth-Grade Science" - A project funded by NSF to assess the effectiveness of inquiry-based, sixth-grade science materials. 1991-1994.

· "Improving Physical Science" - A project funded by NSF to develop a physical science resource manual to supplement physical science course instruction. 1985-1988.

· "The Petroleum Institute for Educators" - A three-week institute held each summer. Funded by the Texas Mid-Continent Oil & Gas Association. 1982-1991.

· "Teaching Physical Science" - A course funded  by Houston Lighting and Power Co. 1985-1990.

· "Energy, Technology, and Society" - An institute funded by Houston Lighting and Power Co. 1982-1985.



· Amer. Chemical Council

· Amer. Educational Research Association

· Nat'l Assoc. for Research in Science Teaching

· Assoc. for the Education of Teachers in Science

· Nat'l Association for Biology Teachers

· Assoc. for Supervision and Curriculum Dev.

· Nat'l Science Education Leadership Assoc.

· Metro. Association for Teachers of Science

· Nat'l Science Teachers Association

· School Science and Math Association

· Nat'l Wildlife Federation

· Science Teachers Association of Texas