Patricia McGlashan is a science educator with a thirty-year career devoted to teaching science, training teachers and developing instructional material. She has written an extensive number of teachers’ guides and student activity books for grades K-5 that promote inquiry-based teaching and learning of science. Over the years she has been the curriculum developer and writer for the Exploratorium Museum, San Francisco, American Museum of Natural History, New York, U.S. National Arboretum, Washington, D.C., Buffalo Museum of Science, Buffalo, New York, and the National Science Resources Centre, Smithsonian Institution-National Academy of Sciences, Washington, D.C.
Patricia McGlashan is currently on the board of directors of First Hand Learning Inc., New York, a non-profit corporation founded in 1998 to promote inquiry-based teaching of science and learning from direct experience. She was the Director of Curriculum Development at First Hand Learning from 1999 to 2012. In that capacity she developed the series, Object Lessons, with teachers’ guides and student booklets on a range of topics. She is also the lead writer of a valuable teachers’ resource book called Outdoor Inquiries: Taking Science Investigations Outside the Classroom, for upper primary and middle school students. Her carefully crafted, research-based teachers’ guides enable teachers to facilitate inquiry-based learning inside and outside the classrooms with ease.