Dr. Paul Hart

Science Education

Office: ED 339
E-mail: Paul.Hart@uregina.ca
Phone: 306-585-4626
Fax: 306-585-4880

Academic Qualifications

PhD  Simon Fraser University, 1979

      Thesis: Environmental Education: Identification of Key Characteristics and a Design for Curriculum Organization

MEd  University of Regina, 1975           

      Thesis: A Comparison of BSCS Biology Students’ and Nonbiology Students’ Ecology Comprehension, Environmental Information Leven and Environmental Attitude

BEd University of Saskatchewan, 1971

BSc (Hons) University of Saskatchewan, 1970

BSc   University of Saskatchewan, 1969

Related Teaching and Teacher Education Experience

Faculty of Education, University of Regina (1979 - present)

      Professor, Science Education, University of Regina (1990 - present)

      Associate Professor, Science Education, University of Regina (1983-1990)

      Assistant Professor, Science Education, University of Regina (1979-1983)

Guest Professor, University of Zurich (Annually, 2007 -  present) – Research Methodolology

Visiting Scholar, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia, Winter, 2009

Instructor, International PhD Course: Sustainable Development, Participation and Education. Copenhagen, Denmark June 1-10, 2004

Research Fellow, Hatfield College, Durham University, UK, April - June, 1995

Director, Saskatchewan Instructional Development and Research Unit (SIDRU), August 1, 1987 to June 30, 1994

Visiting Scholar, Deakin University, Australia, Aug. – Oct., 1988

Courses Taught in the past 5 years


      ED 800 – Introduction to Education Research

      ED 804 – Curriculum Development

      ED 810/EAHR 850 – Qualitative Approaches to Research

      EC&I 840 – Seminar in Science Education

      ED 890 – Qualitative Methods in Educational Research (University of Zurich)

      ED 910 – Advanced Studies in Educational Research

      ED 920 – Seminar in Contemporary Issues in Education


      EC&I 401 – Participatory Research in Science Education

Research projects and interests

Social Learning Applied to Environmental Education

Action Research

Educational Research Methodology

Children’s Ideas about Environment

Teacher Thinking in Environmental Education

Legitimation/Quality in Environmental Education Research

Publications, research reports, and presentations

Books, Chapters in Books, Articles in Refereed Journals

Hart, P. (In progress). Historical Alignments? Tracing Social Constructions within the Discourses of EE. In J. Dillon, C. Russell, & M. Breunig (Eds.), Environmental Education Reader. New York: Peter Lang.

Hart, P., & Hart, C. (Accepted for Publication). Are we there yet? Deepening thinking about EE/ESD in schooling. In Lee, J., Williams, M., & Stimpson, P. (Eds.), Schooling for sustainable development.  Springer.

Hart, P. (2014). Environmental education and science education. In R. Gunstone (Ed.), Encyclopedia of science education. London: Springer.

Reid, A., Hart, P., & Peters, M. (Eds.). (2013). Companion to research in education. London: Springer.

Hart, P. (2013). Introduction. In A. Reid, P. Hart,  & M. Peters (Eds.), Companion to research in education. London: Springer.

Hart, P. (2013). Destabilizing representation in education. In A. Reid, P. Hart,  & M. Peters (Eds.), Companion to research in education. London: Springer.

Hart, P. (2013). Questions of legitimacy and quality in educational research. In A. Reid, P. Hart, & M. Peters (Eds.), Companion to research in education. London: Springer.

Hart, P. (Ed.). (2012). Methodology. In J. Dillon, M. Brody, R. Stevenson, & A. Wals (Eds.) International Handbook of Research on Environmental Education. New York: Routledge.

Hart, P. (2012). Creating spaces for rethinking school science. In A. Zeyer & R. Kyburz-Graber (Eds.), Science/Environment/Health. Dortrecht, Netherlands: Springer.

Nike, J., Teamey, K., Hwang, S., Pozos-Hernandez, A., with Reid, A., & Hart, P. (2010). Understanding others, understanding ourselves: Engaging in constructive dialogue about process in doctoral study in (environmental education). In B. Stevenson and J. Dillon (Eds.), Engaging environmental education: Learning, culture and agency (pp. 167–198). Rotterdam, the Netherlands: Sense.

Hart, P. (2010). No longer a ‘little added frill’: The transformative power of environmental education for educational change. Teacher Education Quarterly, 37(4), 155–178. Article invited for a Special Issue.

McKenzie, M., Bai, H., Hart, P. , & Jickling, B. (Eds.). (2009). Re-imagining: Philosophies of ecological education. Cresskill, NJ: Hampton Press.

Hart, P. (2009). In response to "It's just not good enough! ": Thoughts on Canadian work within expanding contexts of environmental education research. Educ. rev. [online]. 2009, vol.25, n.3, pp. 159-190. ISSN 0102-4698.  doi: 10.1590/S0102-46982009000300009.

Wals, A., Krasny, M., & Hart, P. (2008). Research panel on social learning and environmental education. Proceedings of the Annual Meeting of the North American Association for Environmental Education, 2006.

Hart, P. (2008). Ontological/epistemological pluralism within complex contested EE/ESD landscapes: Beyond politics and mirrors. In Peters, M. and Gonzalez-Gaudino, E. (Eds.), Environmental education: Identity, politics and citizenship (pp. 25-38). Rotterdam, the Netherlands: Sense Publishers.

Barrett, MJ, Hart, P., and Sutter, G. (2008). Engaging students and challenging culture. In M. Mayer and J. Tschapka (Eds.), Engaging youth in sustainable development: Learning and teaching sustainable development in lower secondary schools (p. 19-21). Brussel, Belgium: ENSI (www.ensi.org)


North American Association for Environmental Education Research Symposium, Oakland, California Oct. 9-10, 2012

      Keynote Presentation -  Engaging Scholarship, Journals and the Academy: The Call for Intelligibility in Environmental Education Research or The Elephant in the Living Room: the Issue of Quality of Environmental Education Research

North American Association for Environmental Education Annual Conference, Oakland, Californian, Oct. 10-13, 2012                         

      International Chair

American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting, Vancouver, April 13 – 17, 2012

      Problems of Knowledge and Legitimation in Environmental Education Research

North American Association for Environmental Education Research Symposium, Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina, Oct. 10–13, 2011

      Broadening methodological perspectives on research in environmental education

11th International Invitational Seminar on Environmental Education Research – Positioning Environmental Education Research for 2015 and Beyond: Knowledge Value and Integrity, Intergenerational and Globalization Issues, Melbourne, Australia, July 13–16, 2011

      Planning Committee (with Phillip Payne, Monash University, Australia and Alan Reid, Bath University, UK)

      Knowledge Value and Integrity: Toward a critical reflexivity in framing/conceptualizing and contextualizing research (Day-long seminar with Connie Russell, Alan Reid and Phillip Payne)

      Legitimation, framing and reflexivity (3-hour workshop)

6th World Environmental Education Congress - Explore, Experience, Educate, Brisbane, Australia, July 19 – 22, 2011

Positioning Environmental Education Research for 2015: Knowledge Production (with Phillip Payne, Jo Ferreira, Alan Reid and Connie Russell

      Writing for Academic Journals: Editors’ Perspectives (with Annette Gough, Connie Russell, Justin Dillon and Noel Gough)

      Environmental Education Research and Policy in Action (Session Chair)

PGCE Science Trainee Teachers Seminar (November 1, University of Bath, UK)

      Science Education for an Alternative Future? – Presentation and discussion via FaceTime

North American Association for Environmental Education Annual Conference, Buffalo New York,  Sept. 30 – Oct. 1, 2010

      Investigating Learning – Socio-ecological Action through Participatory Action Research

      Understanding Socio-ecological Learning: Implications for Pedagogy and Cultural Context

      Publishing Your Research in Environmental Education Journals

      International Symposium

      Composing Identities: Inquiring into the Interwoven Lives of Children and Educators

      Boundary Crossings: Rethinking Participation-based Inquiry Across Critical Learning Communities

      Springer Companion to Educational Research – book panel

Environment and Health in Science Education – International Conference, Zurich, Switzerland, August 18 – 21, 2010

      Keynote Presentation – Exploring Critical Pedagogies of Environment and Health in Challenging Both Cultural Narrative and Subjectification Processes of Science Education

American Educational Research Association Annual Conference, Denver Colorado, April, 2010

      Symposium – Ecologies of Imagination and Activism (with Phillip Payne, Amy Cutter-Mackenzie, Peta White)

      Citizenship, Place and Public Participation in Ecological and Environmental Education – Discussant

North American Association for Environmental Education, Portland, Oregon, October 6 -12, 2009

      Research Symposium – October 6 – Three approaches to teaching qualitative research (with Rosalyn McKeown and Constance Russell)

      October 9 – Socioecological pedagogies: Current research and practice (with Marcia McKenzie, David Greenwood and Peta White)

      October 9 – Chair/Moderator for International Symposium – Intersection in International Environmental Education: Emerging Questions for Practitioners

5th World Environmental Education Congress, Montreal, Canada, May 10-14, 2009

      Research Symposium: Methodology and Pedagogy: Exploring Current Directions in Environmental Education Research (with Marcia McKenzie, Constance Russell, and Bob Stevenson)

      International Environmental Education Symposium – Emerging Issues for Practitioners, May 12

10th Invitational Seminar on Environmental and Health Education, Montebello, Canada, October 7-10, 2009

      Planning Team

      Opening Plenary Keynote – Food for Thought: A Short History of EE Research at Invitational Seminars

        How do we Engage Reflexivity? How can we move beyond Low-Hanging Fruit? (towards harder-to-reach varieties of research, and ends-in-view’ for environmental education research and its ‘usefulness’?) – May 8

        How do we Know if our Research Research Makes a Difference? (with Steve Alsop, Justin Dillon, Amy Sloane) – May 8

North American Association for Environmental Education, Wichita, Kansas, October 12–16, 2009

      Research Symposium – October 14 – The Things we do with Research. To What End? Symposium presentation

      Intersections in International Environmental Education: What are the Emerging Questions that Can Help Guide Practitioners? Symposium presentation, October 15

      Staking your Claim: Visiting Pioneers in the Field – Roundtable Chair, October 17

Learning about Space and Sight: Exploring Positioning and the Construction of Identity in EER – Faculty Seminar (in-person and teleconference), Monash University, Australia, February 10, 2009

Cultural Imaginaries and Pedagogical Intersubjectivity: Research Socioecological Learning (with Marcia McKenzie) – Faculty Seminar, Monash University, Australia, February 17, 2009

Writing for Scholarly Publication – Generic Principles and Strategies: What Reviewers and Editors Look For – MEC Faculty Seminar, Monash University, Australia, Feburary 19, 2009

Issues of conceptualization: Naming and Framing Educational Research – MEC Faculty Seminar, Monash University, Australia, February 19, 2009

Persistent Issues of Representation and Legitimation in Qualitative Inquiry – MEC Faculty Seminar, Monash University, Australia, February 24, 2009

The Role of Project WILD, WET and Below Zero in Professional Teacher Education – Panel Moderator. Earth Day Professional Development Conference. Regina, April 5, 2008.

Theorizing Participation after Postmodern. Presentation to Symposium: Participation and Learning: From “Different Forms of Participation” toward “Different Outcomes of Participation. Annual Meeting of the American Association for Educational Research, New York, March 25, 2008.

Conclusion: Imagining a book where people read only what they already know. Presentation to Symposium: Education and the Ecological: conversations in the Fields of Green. (Symposium presented by authors and editors of Fields of Green: Restorying Education, Culture and Environment). Annual Meeting of the American Association for Educational Research, New York, March 26, 2008.

Community Service

North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE)

      Research Commission - review of conference presentation proposals

      International Commission - policy development

      Presentation Proposal Submission Review Committee (Research Seminar)

      Conference 2012 International Committee – Co-chair

      North American Commission for Environmental Education Research (NCEER)

      National Association for Research in Science Teaching

American Educational Research Association - Conference presentation proposal evaluations 

7th World Environmental Education Conference – Scientific Committee

Saskatchewan Outdoor and Environmental Education Association

Climate Change Action Fund Education Advisory Committee

      - Development of Grant Application

      - Planning and participation in curriculum writing workshop

Regional Centre for Expertise in Education for Sustainable Development Advisory Committee/Facilitation Group/Working Group

Committee work


      Campus Promotion Committee

      Faculty of Education representative to the Faculty of Science

      Faculty of Education representative to the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research

      University Research Support Group (SSHRC)

      Executive of Council

      Faculty of Graduate Studies, Scholarship Review Committee

      SSHRC Selection Committee (Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research)


      Advisory Committee to the Associate Dean, Research and Graduate Studies

      Science Education Subject Area

      Graduate Program Advisory Committee

      Doctoral Studies Selection Committee

      Research and Graduate Program Development Committee – Elected Curriculum and Instruction representative