John S. Peters, Ph.D.
Senior Instructor   |   Department of Biology  |  College of Charleston
Director  |   Master of Education - Science & Math for Teachers Program
Adviser| BS in Biology Teaching Option  |  | Secondary Science Education Major |  Master of Environmental Studies

Grant Funded Projects Teaching Philosophy Publications

College of Charleston
Rita L Hollings Science Center
58 Coming Street
Charleston, SC 29424
: 142 School of Science & Math Bldg (SSMB)
Office Phone: (843) 953-1422
: (843) 953-5453


Research Interests: Science Education - Scientific literacy, Problem Based Learning (PBL) and other inquiry-based approaches to learning in biology. Fisheries biology; early life history of marine fishes.

Publications and Manuscripts:

Peters, J.S., and D.J. Schmidt, 1997.  Daily age and growth of larval and early juvenile Spanish mackerel (Scomberomorus maculatus) from the South Atlantic Bight.  Fisheries Bulletin.  95(3), 530-539.

Peters, John S. (2006) Science-technology-society literacy in college non-majors biology: Comparing problem/case studies based learning and traditional expository methods of instruction. Ph.D. dissertation, University of Northern Colorado, United States -- Colorado. ProQuest Digital Dissertations database. (Publication No. AAT 3231302).

Veal, W.R., Lloyd, E, Howell, M. & Peters, J, (2015).  Normative Beliefs and Discursive Claims for Implementing Reform-based Science Standards.  Journal of Research in Science Teaching, Article first published online: 18 JUN 2015, DOI: 10.1002/tea.21265

Peele, B., and J.S. Peters (2014).  What’s Happening to the Dolphins?  National Center for Case Studies Teaching in Science.

Peters, J.S.  (2020) Discovering Biological Science: Laboratories for Introductory Biology.

Think...."of an experience from your childhood.  Something you remember clearly, something you can see, feel, maybe even smell, as if you were really there.  After all, you really were there at the time, weren't you?  How else would you remember it?  But here is the bombshell: you weren't there.  Not a single atom that was in your body was there when the event took place...Matter flows from place to place, and momentarily comes together to be you.  Whatever you are, therefore, you are not the stuff of which you are made."
From Creation: Life and How to Make It by Steve Grand

Grant Funded Projects:
Principal Investigator - Problem Based Learning and Scientific Inquiry in Introductory Biology: Connecting Problem-Based Learning and Scientific Inquiry.

Co-Principle Investigator - Science & Math Instructional Partnerships - Building Professional Learning Communities - A SC State Department of Education Math-Science Partnership Grant (PI - Dr. William Veal, Dept. of Teacher Education)


Current (Fall 2021)
Biology 211 - Biodiversity, Ecology and Conservation Biology
Past Courses

SMFT 639 - Genetics & Molecular Biology for Educators
SMFT 538 - Topics in Zoology for Educators   
SMFT  535 - Topics in Ecology & Conservation Biology
SMFT 570 - Introduction to Environmental & Sustainability Education  

Biology 101 - Concepts and Applications in Biology I
Biology 102 - Concepts and Applications in Biology II
Biology 111 - Introduction to Cellular and Molecular Biology
Biology 112 - Evolution, Form and Function of Organisms
Biology 151 - Honors Introduction to Cell and Molecular Biology
Biology 211 - Biodiversity, Ecology and Conservation Biology
Biology 341 - General Ecology