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George Meadows - University of Mary Washington. Fredericksburg, VA, US

George Meadows George Meadows

Professor of Education | University of Mary Washington

Fredericksburg, VA, UNITED STATES

Dr. Meadows researches the use of computer-related technology in the teaching of elementary science.

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“Going local” isn’t just for produce anymore – University of Mary Washington Professor of Education George Meadows is taking a local approach to education.

The philosophy is called place-based education and it focuses on learning about science and technology through local resources and environments.

“[Elementary] students often will learn about things like the Amazon and very exciting environments like the desert and volcanoes, as well as exotic animals like whales, sharks and tigers,” said Dr. Meadows. “Place-based education would say instead of focusing on all of that, focus on what’s local. The animals and plants you see locally and understand how they live, how they interact with their environment, how they interact with one another, understand that first and then you can start learning about the more exotic examples and also have a better grounding to deal with some of the problems like global warming or endangered species.”

An expert in science education, educational technology and environmental education, Dr. Meadows is currently investigating the use of emerging technology such as 3-D design and printing and makerspaces in the teaching of science.

Dr. Meadows is a member of the National Association for Research in Science Teaching and the Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education. A review editor for the Journal of Research on Computing in Education, he has had articles published in the Journal of Research on Technology in Education, the International Journal of Instructional Media, the Journal of Mathematics and Science, and the Journal of Science Education and Technology.

He previously taught middle school mathematics and science, and also served as a geology professor at UKMS, National University of Malaysia, Sabah Campus for the Peace Corps. Dr. Meadows also worked for the U.S. Geological Survey and in the minerals industry (coal and uranium) for several years.

Areas of Expertise (6)

Educational Technology Educational Research Science Education Instructional Technology Environmental Education Makerspaces in Schools

Education (3)

West Virginia University: Ed.D., Curriculum and Instruction 1996

Emory University: M.Sc., Geology 1979

Marshall University: B.Sc., Geology 1976

Affiliations (3)

  • National Association for Research in Science Teaching : Member
  • Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education : Member
  • Journal of Research on Computing in Education : Review Editor

Media Appearances (4)

Scanning Through History

University of Mary Washington : Great Minds at Work  online

2015-04-15

The unique classroom brings together students from the varied disciplines of computer science, historic preservation and classics. Team-teachers Romero and George Meadows, professor of education, came up with idea for the course after brainstorming the possibilities that 3-D printing offers. “This technology is becoming more a part of everyday life,” said Meadows, who also teaches a freshman seminar on 3-D printing, design and robotics. Students reap multiple benefits. “It gets them back to working with their hands and the basic skills that give them control.”...

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Meadows Featured on the Cover of @Your Library Magazine

Eagle Eye  online

2014-11-10

George Meadows, professor of education, introduces area students to high-tech tools for scientific learning at the England Run MakerLab as a way to provide opportunities for local community members and University of Mary Washington students. The partnership with Meadows and Central Rappahannock Regional Library was featured on the cover of the library’s @ Your Library magazine...

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Exploring Education

University of Mary Washington : Great Minds at Work  online

2014-05-29

“[Elementary] students often will learn about things like the Amazon and very exciting environments like the desert and volcanoes, as well as exotic animals like whales, sharks and tigers,” said Meadows. “Place-based education would say instead of focusing on all of that, focus on what’s local. The animals and plants you see locally and understand how they live, how they interact with their environment, how they interact with one another, understand that first and then you can start learning about the more exotic examples and also have a better grounding to deal with some of the problems like global warming or endangered species.”...

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UMW professor recognized for innovative program

The Free Lance-Star  print

2017-02-14

A professor at the University of Mary Washington has been recognized by the Virginia Education Coalition for creating an innovative “program that works.”

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Event Appearances (2)

Workshop Presentations

STEM: Science with the Future in Mind Conference  Virginia Military Institute, VA.

2013-10-08

Spotlight Presenter

Spotsylvania County Schools Teaching Learning Leading Conference  Riverbend High School

2015-06-24

Articles (4)

Identifying and addressing students' alternative conceptions of the causes of global warming: The need for cognitive conflict Journal of Science Education and Technology

1999-01-01

School-age children are frequently exposed to issues related to global
warming/global climatic change. Yet, their conceptions regarding the scope and nature of
this phenomenon are often incomplete or even inconstant with predominant scientific ...

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The Internet and the Truth about Science Education Policy Analysis Archives

1998-01-01

Even though sophisticated discussion of the nature of scientific claims is taking
place in the academy, public school teachers of science and mathematics may harbor naive
assumptions about the way that scientific processes function to construct the "truth." ...

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Addressing science teacher's initial perceptions of the classroom uses of Internet and World Wide Web-Based resource materials Journal of Science Education and Technology

1997-01-01

Teachers are often subject to considerable pressure to utilize the Internet and the World Wide Web (WWW) in their classrooms. Research suggests, however, that many teachers may not be prepared to make meaningful educational use of the resources available on the Web...

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Open enrollment and fiscal incentives The School Review

1976-01-01

In the 1960s many large-city school systems adopted policies permitting students to transfer from their neighbourhood schools to others they found more desirable, if the second school was not overcrowded. The adoption of these open-enrollment plans was motivated in part by the desire to...

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