Program/Areas of Interest
Inquiry in science; Electronic communities; Teacher change; Ecology and life science curriculum; Discourse analysis; Public understanding of science
I have been at TERC since 1986 (with a 4-month hiatus in 1988), working on a wide range of projects, primarily in the following fields:
- Research: (in projects such as The Inquiry-Based Science Classroom in Context, Researching Science in the Wireless High School, Under the Microscope)
- Curriculum development: (Biocomplexity and the Habitable Planet, Global Lab, The Ecology Curriculum, Astrobiology, Star Schools, MBL)
- Teacher Professional Development: (Hands-On Elementary Science, Teacher Enhancement in Pedagogy through Ecology (TEPE), Lab-net)
- Electronic communities: (Lab-net, LSC-Net, Global Lab, Eyes to the Future, MSPNet and IGERT Resource Center)
Before coming to TERC, I worked as a freelance editor, ran a rest home for 3 years, and worked in the customer education department of LISP Machine, Inc. I have a Ph.D. in Plant Ecology, and undergraduate and graduate degrees in linguistics. I am married to Darcy Drayton, an artist; we have two grown sons.
- "After installation: Ubiquitous computing and high school science in three experienced [...]" Brian Drayton, Joni Falk, Rena Stroud, Kathryn Hobbs, and James (Jim) Hammer man (2009) Journal of Technology, Learning, and Assessment 9 (3)
- Climate change a spiritual challenge and Becoming again a witnessing body: Two letters to New England Friends. Brian Drayton. (2012) Quaker Issues BHFH-1013, Boston: Beacon Hill Friends House.
- Creating and Sustaining Online Professional Learning Communities Joni Falk and Brian Drayton (eds.) (2009) New York: Teachers College Press.
- "Editorial: An important review of plant reintroductions" Richard B. Primack and Brian Drayton (2011) Biological Conservation: 144:666.
- "Plant species lost in an isolated conservation area in Metropolitan Boston from 1894 to 1993" Brian Drayton and Richard B. Primack (1996)Conservation Biology 10 (1) . 30-39.
- "State testing and inquiry-based science: Are they complementary or competing reforms?" Joni Falk and Brian Drayton (2004) Journal of Educational Change 5 (4) . 344-387.
- "Success rates for reintroductions of eight perennial species after fifteen years" Brian Drayton and Richard B. Primack (2012) – Restoration Ecology Vol. 20, No. 3, pp. 299–303
- "The test of time: Ubiquitous computing visions and realities in 7 pioneering schools" Brian Drayton, Joni Falk, Rena Stroud, Kathryn Hobbs, and James Hammerman (2010) – White paper. Cambridge, MA: TERC.
- What, where, who? Learning in an Innovate to Mitigate pilot team Brian Drayton and Gilly Puttick. —A working paper. Cambridge, MA:TERC.
- "Under the microscope: Review of the research on biological lab experiences 1987-2007" Brian Drayton, Gillian Puttick, and Meghan Donovan. – A research White Paper. Cambridge, MA: TERC.