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George E. Hein is Professor Emeritus in the
Graduate School of Arts and Social Sciences
and Senior Research Associate at the
Program Evaluation and Research Group

at Lesley University, Cambridge, Massachusetts.


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Professional Biography & Education

George E. Hein is Professor Emeritus in the Graduate School of Arts and Social Sciences and Senior Research Associate with the Program Evaluation and Research Group (PERG) at Endicott College.

During 2006-7, he was president of TERC, a non-profit educational research and development organization. He has been a Visiting Scholar at The Getty, Visiting Facuty, Fu-Jen University (Taipei), Visiting Faculty in Museum Studies at University of Technology, Sydney (Australia), Howard Hughes Medical Institute Visiting Scholar, California Institute of Technology; Visiting Faculty Museum Studies Program, Leicester U.; Fulbright Research Fellow, King's College; London, and a Research Associate, Museum of Science (Boston.)

Education

Prof. George E. Hein received a B. A. from Cornell University (1954), an M. S. (1957) and Ph. D. (1959) in Chemistry at the University of Michigan, and carried out biochemical research at CalTech, Boston University, and Harvard Medical School, and educational work at both EDC and Boston University before coming to Lesley University.

Dr. Hein founded PERG in 1976 with Lesley University faculty colleague Brenda Engel, initially to evaluate educational work of 25 museums and arts organizations in the Boston area. He has been active in museum education and evaluation ever since, specializing in qualitative in-depth evaluations of programs, as well as visitor research in museums.

During his time as director, PERG served as the evaluator for major national programs, including the Algebra Project, both curriculum and professional development efforts by the National Science Resources Center, and several other NSF supported projects, and began major evaluation work for NASA education programs.

Dr. Hein was the founding director of the first Lesley University Ph. D. Program in Educational Studies and guided it through its initial state authorization and regional accreditation.


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