Paul Jackson Cowan, 93, of Denton, who taught science education at UNT from 1966 to 1987, died Nov. 3.
As a professor and chair of the educational leadership division in the College of Education, Cowan emphasized “learning by doing” instead of textbooks for future science teachers. He received National Science Foundation Funding for his research, which included retraining science teachers and testing new curriculum in area schools. He also directed an annual Energy, Environment and Economics Institute for secondary school teachers.
He previously taught at Hardin-Simmons University, where he had been hired to begin a new program in science education.
He earned his bachelor’s degree from Oklahoma Baptist University and a master’s degree from the University of Utah. In 1964, he completed a doctorate in science education at the University of Texas, the first awarded by the university in that field.