Tuesday, February 09, 2010

Joseph Krajcik receives Distinguished Contributions to Science Education through Research award

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Joseph Krajcik, associate dean for research and professor of education, has been chosen by the National Association of Research in Science Teaching (NARST) to receive their Distinguished Contributions to Science Education through Research award, the highest award given by the organization.

From the NARST award announcement:

Joe Krajcik has an unbroken string of leadership experience in directing multi-disciplinary research projects that span a wide range from elementary to post-secondary education. He has made important contributions to project-based science, student modeling skills and accompanying software innovations, the role of explanations, and the role of visualization in learning chemistry. Not only is Joe at the cutting edge, he often defines it. He has provided leadership to the research community in different ways, and has built many successful and productive bridges between science educators, scientists, teachers, and school districts that integrate teacher professional development with the creation and implementation of innovative teaching materials and methods.

Joe also provides leadership through international collaboration: mentoring researchers and sitting on review panels in countries such as Taiwan, China, and Israel. He has mentored an impressive cadre of graduate students and postdocs who are now faculty, teachers, and administrators at universities, research institutes, and schools throughout the world. Many of his students have won prestigious young researcher awards from NARST, AERA, and APA. Researchers, scientists, teachers, administrators, and funding organizations go to Joe to learn about new directions, get feedback on their ideas, and seek his collaboration. Joe’s ability to combine a strong theoretical grounding with the realities of students and teachers in classrooms across diverse settings has resulted in research, innovations, and a general approach to science education that have both impact and staying power.

Joe is a most deserving recipient of the 2010 NARST Distinguished Contributions to Science Education through Research Award.

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