204 Paige Hall, Tufts University, Medford MA 02155  david.hammer@tufts.edu;  617-627-2396. 

I’m a professor at Tufts University, in Education and Physics & Astronomy, and part of the Center for Engineering Education and Outreach.  Since Fall, 2012, I’ve been the chair of Education.

I study the learning and teaching of science, mainly physics, and recently engineering, across ages from young children through adults. Much of my focus has been on intuitive "epistemologies," how instructors interpret and respond to student thinking, and resource-based models of knowledge and reasoning.  

This is a list of my publications, with links to some files. If you’re interested and not sure where to start, one good place would be Case Studies of Children’s Inquiries, from the Proceedings of the Enrico Fermi Summer School, Course CLVI.  Another is Student Resources for Learning Introductory Physics.

David Hammer


  1. Just out:  Responsive Teaching in Science and Mathematics. Edited by Amy Robertson, Rachel Scherr, and me. Routledge. (Discount code IRK69 gets 20% off.) 

  2. Also see the site Responsive Teaching in Science at San Diego State University.

  3. The NCTQ is coming around again - here are some thoughts I wrote two years ago.