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Dr. M...a young scientist collecting insects with his father in Michigan (1975)

Dr. M…a young scientist collecting insects with his father in Michigan (1975)

This is a blogsite–a combination blog and website–designed specifically for middle school science students (and parents) at The American School in Switzerland (TASIS).  Its design and development is the work of science educator, theorist, and researcher, Brett Merritt, Ph.D.

Dr. Merritt has been working in science education since 1995.  He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in the biological sciences, as well as a secondary education teaching certificate, from Michigan State University (MSU).  Between 1995-2004, Dr. Merritt taught science and mathematics in grades 7-12 in both the United States and Switzerland (he previously taught at TASIS between 1998-2000).

From 2004-2009 Dr. Merritt returned to MSU, but this time as a doctoral student where he helped teach undergraduate and graduate courses in the Colleges of Education and Natural Science. He successfully completed his Ph.D. in Curriculum, Instruction & Teacher Education in December 2013.

Hiking in the Dolomiti

Dr. M caught on camera hiking in one of his favorite places in the world, Italy’s Dolomiti mountains (2012)

Dr. Merritt has presented many papers at international education conferences, published research articles in both science and science education, and has consulted on projects for the American Association for the Advancement of Science (Project 2061), the Colorado-based Biological Science Curriculum Study (BSCS), the American Institutes for Research (AIR), the National Science Foundation (PROM/SE Project), the Carnegie Corporation (TNE Project), and i>clicker instructional technologies.

Dr. Merritt and his wife returned to TASIS in 2009 to continue working toward their personal and professional goals. Dr. Merritt currently teaches middle school science courses at TASIS, works with a team of talented TASIS science educators on the development and redesign of the TASIS middle school science program, and maintains an active research program in science education.

In his free time, Dr. Merritt likes to cook, walk, hike, read, write, listen to music and podcasts, take photographs, and watch football (soccer). He is also an enthusiastic alpine freeskier, as well as a proud and playful uncle to eight wonderful nieces and nephews–all under the age of 10.

You can find out more about Dr. Merritt’s professional experiences from one of his other websites.


Last updated: April 2017

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