Doug Lombardi


Professional Title: 
Assistant Professor, Science Education
About Me (Bio): 
My research and teaching centers on productive ways to promote reasoning and critical thinking about complex and controversial topics. Particularly, I think about ways to teach and learn about scientific topics that pose local, regional, and global challenges, such as climate change. My interest in this area emerges from many years doing scientific research and teaching K-12 science. Recently, my research team and I have developed classroom-tested instructional scaffolds that help middle and high school students reason about the connections between scientific evidence and explanations, and to gain deeper conceptual understanding. My research and theoretical positions have been published in high-impact scholarly journals such as Educational Psychologist, Learning & Instruction, and Science Education, as well as widely-disseminated educational practitioner journals including The Science Teacher and The Earth Scientist.
Temple University

This exploratory project develops and tests graphical scaffolds which facilitate high school students' coordination of connecting evidence with alternative explanations of particular phenomena, as well as their collaborative argumentation about these phenomena. At the same time, the project examines how high school students use these tools to construct scientifically accurate conceptions about major topics in Earth and space sciences and deepens their abilities to be critically evaluative in the process of scientific inquiry.

Temple University

This project will develop, implement, test, and revise instructional approaches and materials for high school students that focus on the links between scientific evidence and alternative explanations of phenomena relating to Earth and space education. Students will learn to construct diagrams showing the links between explanatory models of natural phenomena and lines of evidence, and then evaluate the plausibility of various alternative explanations for events.