Beverley A. P. Taylor

ProfessorBeverley Taylor

513.785.3239 (Hamilton office)
513.529.5063 (Oxford office)
513.785.3145 (fax)

taylorba@MiamiOH.edu

BS Physics and Mathematics, East Tennessee State University 1973
PhD Physics, Clemson University 1978
Joined Miami faculty in 1984
 
My scholarly work includes development of curriculum materials for middle school science and investigation of issues related to the success of females in science at both middle school and college levels.  Recently my interests have turned to assessing student learning in university classes with particular emphasis on critical thinking.

My research area is physics education. Much of my published work (five books and numerous articles) involves using toys as both demonstration and laboratory equipment to teach physics concepts at the middle school level. Science should be a very interactive process between teacher, student, and material objects. Toys are an excellent choice for these objects because they are familiar, interesting, and encourage experimentation outside the classroom. In recognition of the quality of this work, I have been elected as a Fellow of both the American Physical Society and the American Association of Physics Teachers. In the last few years my interests have shifted to teaching and learning at the college-level including working on several research projects related to improving undergraduate critical thinking abilities and collaborating on a national project to determine effective methods to attract and retain female undergraduates as physics majors. Most recently I have been directing a university-wide curriculum reform project aimed at increasing student engagement and inquiry-based learning Miami's largest courses. I formally retired in 2015, but am continuing to do some teaching and scholarly work.