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Christina Schwarz


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 and science and has been the elementary science subject area leader for MSU's teacher preparation program for over eight 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 practices particularly model-based scientific inquiry. She also works with beginning teachers to support and enhance their practices such as noticing and responding to scientific sense-making. She is the principal investigator for the NSF grant, Studying How Beginning Elementary Teachers Notice and Respond to Scientific Sense-making, the co-principle investigator for the NSF-funded project Supporting Scientific Practices in Elementary and Middle School Classrooms and was co-principle investigator of the former Learning Progression for Scientific Modeling project. She is also co-principle investigator of the NSF funded Head Start on Science preschool science project and was Co-PI for 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.