Education Advisory Council

Daniel Edelson, Ph.D.

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Daniel Edelson, Ph.D., is the executive director of BSCS, a national center for research and development in science education. Throughout his career, he has been a curriculum and software developer, educational researcher and advocate for educational reform. His work has explored project-based learning, geospatial technologies for inquiry learning, and teaching and learning in geoscience and geography. From 2007-2014, Dr. Edelson was vice president for education at the National Geographic Society and executive director of the National Geographic Education Foundation. In these roles, Dr. Edelson led National Geographic’s educational outreach and reform efforts. From 1993-2007, Dr. Edelson was on the faculty at Northwestern University, where he had a joint appointment in education and computer science. At Northwestern, he conducted a program of integrated research and development focusing on earth and environmental science education. Dr. Edelson has also led the development of several educational software environments for visualizing and analyzing geographic data, including National Geographic FieldScope, My World GIS and WorldWatcher. As a researcher and advocate, Dr. Edelson has written extensively on the importance of geoscience, geography and environmental science education, and has published numerous research papers on motivation, instructional design, educational technology and teacher professional development. He has been a member of NatureBridge's EAC since 2009.