Online Publications

Teaching/Learning dynamics and Reflective Practice &
Environmental and Health Sciences in their Social Context

by Peter J. Taylor

2011 to present

  • Working papers, Science in a Changing World
  • Working papers, Critical, Creative & Reflective Practice
  • Intersecting Processes, Blog posts on complexity & change in environment, biomedicine & society
  • Probe-Create Change-Reflect, Blog posts on critical thinking & reflective practice


  • Troubled by Heterogeneity?: Control, Infrastructure and Participation in the Study of Heredity and STS
  • Taking Yourself Seriously: A Fieldbook of Processes of Research and Engagement (with J. Szteiter)
  • Creative Thinking in Epidemiology
  • Heterogeneity and data analysis
  • What to do if we think that researchers have overlooked a significant issue for 100 years? The case of quantitative genetics and underlying heterogeneity


  • "Troubled by Heterogeneity? Opportunities for Fresh Views on Long-standing and Recent Issues in Biology and Biomedicine" (pdf, audio)


  • "Making evolutionary theory more ecological: An update on Chapter 3 of Darwin's Origin."
  • Guided Tour of Peter Taylor's teaching
  • "Critical assumptions of twin studies that warrant more attention"
  • "Four Fundamental Gaps In Quantitative Genetics"
  • "Gene-free quantitative genetics: A thought experiment"
  • "An Introduction to Intraclass Correlation that Resolves Some Common Confusions"


  • "Cultivating Collaborators: Concepts and Questions Emerging Interactively From An Evolving, Interdisciplinary Workshop" (with S. Fifield, C. Young)


  • "Heterogeneity and heritability: Responses from sociology, philosophy, and history of science"


  • "The Nature of Science: Patterns in Heredity (talk in the Museum of Science "Frontiers of Health Sciences" series
  • "7 minute" version of Unruly Complexity: Ecology, Interpretation, Engagement
  • "What Can We Do? Moving Debates Over Genetic Determinism and Interactionism in New Directions," Invited address to the American Civil Liberties Union Conference on "Predicting Behavior: New Frontiers in Genetics and Neuroscience and Their Implications for Civil Liberties," New York Law School, May 2005 [powerpoint].
  • The "IQ paradox" reconceived : Visualizing the limited relevance of human heritability estimates in explaining differences between means across groups or across generations


  • Workshop on "How can we help each other to make knowledge and social change within "unruly" (heterogeneous, distributed) ecological complexities?," University of Western Sydney [powerpoint]
  • Non-standard lessons from the 'tragedy of the commons': From systems to intersecting processes.
  • Workshop on "Heterogeneous Complexity, Representations, and the Ecology of Knowledge," Rensselaer Polytechnic: Contribution and associated links
  • Infusing global perspectives through the curriculum


  • Using Acrobat to make PDF compilations


  • Reconstructing unruly ecological complexities [powerpoint]
  • Head, Hands, Heart, and Human Connections: Processes of Research and Engagement (compilation in development)
  • Biology in Society: Case Studies (compilation in development)
  • Environment, Science and Society: Case Studies (compilation in development)
  • Open questions
  • Exploring heuristics about social agency through interpretation of diagrams of nature and society
  • Summary of heuristics and questions from The Limits of Ecology


  • We know more than we are, at first, prepared to acknowledge: Journeying to develop critical thinking
  • Reasoned Understandings and Social Change in Research On Common Resources
  • Class activities to explore feedback and time delay
  • Computers as tools that extend and constrain thinking (Activities based around Computer Models of Population Growth)
  • Computers in Education -- two emphases
  • Entries in Thinking for Change Fieldbook on
  • Guidelines about specific situations and specific ways in which specific technologies are of significant pedagogical benefit (PDF
  • Compilation of teaching/learning tools (in development)


  • The hidden complexity of simple models, or Why theorists of all kinds should be troubled by unmodeled variables having dynamical lives of their own," submitted for Complexities Of Life: Ecology, Society And Health, ed. T. Awerbach
  • Generating environmental knowledge and inquiry through workshop processes
  • Alternating between teacher and facilitator
  • Phases of Research and Engagement
  • Research Briefings, by current and former students
  • Teacher-research on dialogue around written work


  • Race and Biology: A Dialog on Curriculum Development


  • Dimensions of the workshop process
  • "Nature, a conversation"
  • "How do we know there is a population-environment problem?, a conversation"


  • Biology and the agents without history
  • "How heritability can mislead"
  • Teacher-Student-Subject interactions (a schema)
  • Freewriting suggestions
  • Making connections and respecting differences: Reconciling schemas for learning and group process"


  • "Rethinking Nature/culture"
  • Supportive listening
  • "Metaphor in the interpretation of science"


  • Revision
  • Causality and Explanation in the Social Sciences
  • "Reconstructing Rawls and exposing the implicit social embeddedness of theories of justice
  • " What's (not) in the mind of scientific agents? Implicit psychological models and social theory in the social studies of science"
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    Last update 11 September 2018