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Christina V. Schwarz - Associate Professor, Science EducationTeacher Education in the College of Education

Phone: (517) 432-4851
Fax: (517) 432-5092
Office: 349 Erickson Hall, Michigan State University, MI 48824

Schwarz CV here.

Christina Schwarz (Ph.D. 1998, U.C. Berkeley) is an associate professor of science education in the Teacher Education department at Michigan State University. She teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in science education, science, and research methodology and has been the elementary science subject area leader for MSU’s teacher preparation program for ten years. Schwarz holds degrees in science, math, and technology education from the University of California at Berkeley (PhD and MA) and in earth, atmospheric and planetary science from MIT (BS). Her background includes conducting research in astronomy, designing curriculum materials for science learners and teachers, and working in classrooms with students and teachers. Schwarz’s research primarily focuses on enabling students and teachers (PK-16) to understand and engage in scientific sense-making using practices – particularly model-based scientific inquiry. She also works with teachers to enhance their teaching practices to support sense-making. She is the principal investigator for the NSF grant, Studying How Beginning Elementary Teachers Notice and Respond to Scientific Sense-making, and the co-principle investigator for the NSF-funded projects CT4EDU: Broadening Pathways into Computing by Developing Computational Thinking Competencies in Elementary Classrooms andStudying Students’ Mechanistic Explanations Across Undergraduate Chemistry and Biology Courses. She was also co-principle investigator of the NSF-funded Supporting Scientific Practices in Elementary and Middle School Classrooms, the Head Start on Science preschool science project and the Modeling Hydrological Systems in Elementary Science project. Schwarz received the MSU College of Education Excellence and Innovation in Teaching Award in 2005, has been an associate editor for the Journal of Research in Science Teaching, and has published articles in journals such as Cognition & Instruction, Science Education, the Journal of Research in Science Teaching, the Journal for Science Teacher Education, and Science & Children. Her co-edited book entitled Helping Students Make Sense of the World Using Next Generation Science and Engineering Practices was published in 2017 by NSTA press. She also served as a faculty mentor for the 2017 NARST Abell Institute in Taiwan.