A Love of Discovery

  • Rita W. Peterson
Part of the Innovations in Science Education and Technology book series (ISET)


Those who knew him or worked with him described Robert Karplus as brilliant, intellectually curious, and possessing a sense of openness, warmth and friendliness that he extended to everyone he met. Each of us writing in this volume has a different story to tell that focuses on some aspect of the lasting contributions of Robert Karplus to science education. In this brief essay, I will first try to capture a sense of the personal qualities that inspired the confidence, respect and affection of so many people who knew or worked with Bob Karplus; and second, I will describe that which I consider to be his major, lasting intellectual contributions to education.


Elementary School SCIS Program Science Curriculum Curriculum Development Curriculum Material 
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© Kluwer Academic/Plenum Publishers, New York 2002

Authors and Affiliations

  • Rita W. Peterson
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  1. 1.University of CaliforniaIrvineUSA

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