Cultural Studies of Science Education

, Volume 3, Issue 4, pp 799–810

Mary Budd Rowe: a storyteller of science

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DOI: 10.1007/s11422-008-9132-y

Cite this article as:
Bianchini, J.A. Cult Stud of Sci Educ (2008) 3: 799. doi:10.1007/s11422-008-9132-y


This article examines Mary Budd Rowe’s groundbreaking and far-reaching contributions to science education. Rowe is best known for her research on wait-time: the idea that teachers can improve the quality and length of classroom discussions by waiting at least 3 s before and after student responses. Her wait-time research grew from and helped inform her staunch advocacy of science education as inquiry; Rowe saw wonder and excitement as central to the teaching and learning of science. She spent much of her professional life designing professional development experiences and innovative curriculum materials to help teachers, particularly elementary school teachers, enact inquiry in their classrooms.


Mary Budd Rowe Wait-time Fate control Inquiry NSF-funded curricula 

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© Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2008

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of CaliforniaSanta BarbaraUSA

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