Williams, E. Grant
Grant Williams started his professional career as a middle school science teacher and high school physics teacher in Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada before working as a Faculty Associate at the University of New Brunswick, teaching Science methods course to pre-service teachers.
Grant spent two years from September of 2004 to August 2006 at UMass Amherst, working under the guidance of Dr. John Clement on doctoral coursework and thesis research. In 2006 he returned to New Brunswick, where he assumed the position of Learning Specialist for K-12 Science and Math with the Anglophone West School District. He graduated with his Ed.D in 2011 from the School of Education at UMass. He is an Associate Professor, St. Thomas University, Fredericton, NB, and a collaborator on grant work with John Clement.
Grant's area of research investigates the use of whole-class discussion-based teaching strategies in fostering student's construction of explanatory mental models for various science concepts. He has been a presenter at conferences of the American Association of Physics Teachers, the National Association of Research in Science Teaching, the American Educational Research Association, the Association for Science Teacher Education, and the Atlantic Canada Association of Science Educators.