Brian M. Wargo

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Brian M. Wargo

Brian M. Wargo

University of Pittsburgh
5528 Wesley W. Posvar Hall
230 South Bouquet Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15260
Phone: 412-648-7331


My expertise is in engaging students in authentic scientific experiences, highlighting scientific practices, all while supporting dialogic discourse. By modeling scientists’ work, students can roleplay the epistemological, philosophical, and logistical norms and constraints of the scientific endeavor.

School Affiliations

Recent Grants

  • 2016 Department of Environmental Education Grant Award: Investigating Migratory Patterns of Raptors near the Upper Ohio River Basin
  • Toys Across Grade Levels: A Workshop on Constructivist Lesson Design for the Academic Standards for Physical Science and Technology Education

Recent Publications

  • Wargo, B. M. (2017). Visiting Mother Nature: A Beginner's Guide to Off-the-Grid Rving. McKees Rocks, PA: BMW Endeavors.
  • Wargo, B. M. (2016). "Bird!": An Exploration of Hawkwatching. McKees Rocks, PA: BMW.
  • Ford, M. J., & Wargo, B. M. (2012). Dialogic Framing of Scientific Content for Conceptual and Epistemic Understanding. Science Education, 96, 369-391.
  • Ford, M. J., & Wargo, B. M. (2007). Routines, Roles, and Responsibilities for Aligning Scientific and Classroom Practices, Science Education, 91, 133-157.