Current research interests:
- designing open-ended curriculum
- understanding the genesis and development of scientific representations
- analogies as representations (generated analogies as models)
- scientific argument
Underlying all of these topics is the distinction between logic and understanding-- both the cognitive/brain side of things (why it is that proofs are not convincing? what kinds of narratives are convincing?) and the socially-mediated side of things (what counts as a proof? to what communities? how does that reflect what it means to 'understand' in science?).
Particulary intriguing (& related to the research interests) right now is Zimbardo's Stanford Prison Experiment, Giere's work on representation, and studies from conversation analysis & discourse analysis on how to extract meaning from utterances.
 Hake, R.R. 2008. "Thirty-two Education Blogs," AERA-L post of 7 Nov 2008 16:38:18-080; online on the OPEN! AERA-L archives