Jim Ross: Experience and Publications

The Short Story

Jim CasualJim Ross has more than 40 years experience in high school science education, in both private and public school systems. Jim's teaching career began in 1976, but really got underway in 1979 at Nicholson Catholic College in Belleville, Ontario. For six years he was the Coordinator of Investigative Studies at NCC, where his portfolio included science, math, history, geography, and the social sciences.

With a few fruitful excursions, Jim was in continuous service as a teacher of high school chemistry and physics until his early retirement in 2007.

From 2001-2005, Jim taught the pedagogy courses in Chemistry, Physics and Intermediate Science at the Faculty of Education at the University of Western Ontario.

Between 2012-2015, he taught physics and chemistry at Fanshawe College.

Jim has served as president of the Ontario Association of Physics Teachers, and has been an active member of the Science Teachers' Association of Ontario.

During that time, Jim has followed the "teacher - researcher" model of curriculum development. Every one of his many innovations was based upon peer-reviewed educational research journals, plus the experience of gifted science teachers and informed collaborators. These innovations have been tested on students, and constantly refined. The result is the IntuitivScience series of Work-Texts.




2013 Table Manners for Beginners  A Civilized Introduction To The Ross Periodic Table (2nd Ed.)


Table Talk for the ExperiencedFurther Conversations About The Ross Periodic Table (2nd Ed.)


Chemistry Interactions 11 (Edvantage Press, Sidney BC)


Explaining Reproduction - Grade 9 Academic Science


Exploring Reproduction - Grade 9 Applied Science


Explaining Chemical Change - Grade 9 Academic Science


Exploring Chemical Change - Grade 9 Applied Science


Exploring Electricity - Grade 9 Applied Science


Explaining The WeatherGrade 10 Academic Science


Explaining The Solar System Grade 9 Academic Science


Explaining Electricity Grade 9 Academic Science


Exploring Ecosystems Grade 9 Applied Science


Grade Nine Academic ScienceLab Manual and Teachers Guide


Grade Nine Applied ScienceLab Manual and Teachers Guide


Research, Practice and Teacher Internship J. Research Science Teaching 36(2).


The Graininess of Everyday ThinkingM.Ed Thesis


Grade Nine De-Streamed ScienceLab Manual and Teachers Guide


Detailed Curriculum Vitae



23 Years of Research, Publishing and Leadership in Science Education  


Lead author, Chemistry Interactions 11  for Edvantage Press, Sidney, BC, Canada.


 Co-author, ON Science 9 and ON Science 10, the Ontario academic science textbooks for McGraw-Hill-Ryerson.


 Author, twenty-four titles Ross Lattner Educational.  Table Manners and Table Talk represent an inventive approach to chemistry learning.


 President and Executive of Ontario Association of Physics Teachers. Helped organize physics teachers’ conference at the Perimeter Institute, in Waterloo, Ontario.

1989-2021 Annual speaker and workshop leader: Science Teachers= Association of Ontario (STAO); Ontario Association of Physics Teachers (OAPT)

Teacher – researcher. Developed pedagogical models of chemistry, electricity, kinematics and the scientific method, all founded upon studies of the epistemology of science and evidence within adolescent language. Designed related learning materials.


 Guest Editorial in the Journal of Resarch in Science Teaching:  Research, Practice and Teacher Internship JRST 36(2).


 Speaker, Fourth International Conference on Misconceptions in Science, Cornell University, June 13 – 15


Founded, with Mike Lattner, Ross Lattner Educational Consultants, a small private publishing company.



M Ed., curriculum studies: University of Western Ontario
Thesis: The Graininess of Everyday Thinking, a study of the cognitive structure of students' thinking about heat and temperature.


B Ed., Queen's University, Kingston Ontario. Chemistry and Physics


Hon B Sc, U Waterloo.  Chemistry, with concentrations in organic and biochemistry; options in physics, math, and arts.1988

Professional Positions


Temporary teacher of the International Baccalaureate senior chemistry, senior biology, and grade 10 science, Catholic Central High, London ON  


Professor at Fanshawe College, London, Ontario. Pre-Health Sciences (physics and chemistry) for health care and nursing candidates.

1976-P Full time secondary school teacher of chemistry, physics, general science, mathematics, hydraulics, drafting, and co-op education, with occasional forays into history, geography, religion, social sciences and literature. And loved every minute!