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James Rye, Ph.D.

Professor of Science Education

Jim Rye

(304) 293-4416

Professor of Science Education

Department of Curriculum & Instruction/Literacy Studies, WVU College of Education and Human Services

I am a professor in curriculum and instruction, and my emphasis area is science education. I also have a background in public health nutrition. Long-standing research and teaching interests of mine include science-mathematics integration and concept mapping. More recently, I have become engaged in the development of school gardens and the provision of garden-based learning at the elementary school level. I am especially interested in school-university-community partnerships that seek to diversify the school grounds through establishing gardens and provide garden-based learning opportunities for youth.

Research Interests:

  • Teaching science, mathematics, and other disciplines at the preK-elementary school level through garden-based learning.
  • Engaging parents in the education of their children through garden-based learning.
  • Integrating science and mathematics learning at the elementary and middle school levels.
  • Utilizing the concept map as a communication, learning, and research tool in k-12, undergraduate, and graduate education.