Dave Youngs, ScEd.D.

Professor of Mathematics Education and Science Education
Integrated Mathematics/Science Education Program Director
Mathematics Education Program Director
WEC 121


ScEd.D., Curtin University of Technology, 2003
M.A., Mathematics Education, Fresno Pacific University, 1988
B.A., California State University, Fresno, 1972

Scholarly Interests

  • Constructivism
  • Student misconceptions in science and math
  • Japanese lesson study
  • Cognitively guided instruction

Professional and Service Experience

  • AIMS director, writer, editor and workshop presenter, 1981 - present
  • Board member, AIMS Education Foundation, 1987 - present
  • Trained NASA Aerospace Education Specialists in AIMS curriculum at Oklahoma State University, 1993 & 2004
  • Visiting professor, Cantho University, Vietnam, 1997
  • Visiting fellow, Science and Mathematics Education Centre, Curtin University of Technology, Perth, Australia, 1996
  • Curtin University July Institute presenter, 1993

Honors and Awards

  • Nickel Excellence in Teaching Award from Fresno Pacific University, 2007
  • President's Distinguished Service Award from Fresno Pacific University, 2007

Professional Affiliations

  • National Science Teacher Association
  • National Council of Teachers of Mathematics
  • National Association of Research in Science Teaching
  • Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development
  • California Mathematics Council
  • American Mensa Society

Personal Experiences

I have had the good fortune to teach on three continents and to present math and science workshops to teachers on five continents. This international experience led to my doctoral work, which was done in Australia. Since coming to Fresno Pacific University I have stayed active working with K-12 teachers and students around the globe as well as in the Central Valley of California.

Publications and Presentations

  • European League of Middle Level Education (ELMLE) Conference in Vienna, Austria, January 2008, sessions for middle school teachers on teaching math and science using AIMS materials; after the conference spent two days at the American International School in Vienna working with grades six-eight students and teachers
  • Solve It! 5th, published by AIMS Education Foundation, 2006
  • Solve It! 4th, published by AIMS Education Foundation, 2006
  • Problem Solving: Just for the Fun of It! Book Two, published by AIMS Education Foundation, 2005
  • Puzzle Play, published by AIMS Education Foundation, 2001
  • Just for the Fun of It: A Collection of AIMS Mathematical Investigations for Grades 4-9, published by AIMS Education Foundation, 1999
  • Electrical Connections, AIMS Activities for Grades 4-9, published by AIMS Education Foundation, 1992
  • Soap Films and Bubbles (editor), published by AIMS Education Foundation, 1990
  • The Sky's the Limit with Math and Science, published by AIMS Education Foundation, 1983

Recommended Resources

AIMS Education Foundation: www.aimsedu.org

Other Information

My wife and I are very active in our church and feel called as Christians to live a simple and green lifestyle in order to be better stewards of God's creation. This simple lifestyle (I don't own a car and have bicycled to work daily for over 30 years) allows us to give generously to those in need around the world. Because I was born in Pakistan and have lived outside the United States for over 10 years, I consider myself a citizen of the world. This experience has provided me with a very different outlook on world events. It has also given me a passion to work with teachers and students not just in California, but around the globe.