Next Generation Science Standards
NGSS Crosscutting Concepts: Patterns

Kristin L. Gunckel
Kristin Gunckel is an assistant professor of science education in the department of Teaching, Learning, and Sociocultural Studies at the University of Arizona. Dr. Gunckel earned her Ph.D. in curriculum, teaching, and educational policy, with an emphasis on science education, from Michigan State University in 2008. She also has a B.S. and M.S. in geology. Prior to her doctoral work, Dr. Gunckel taught middle school science in Albuquerque, New Mexico, was an environmental educator for museums in New Mexico and Oregon, and has also worked for the U.S. Geological Survey and the U.S. Bureau of Mines.

Dr. Gunckel’s research areas are learning progressions for environmental science literacy and also elementary preservice teacher preparation. She is co-PI on the Reasoning Tools for Understanding Water Systems project, funded by the National Science Foundation to explore the development learning progression-based tools to support student understanding of water moving through environmental systems. She is also part of the NSF-funded Pathways for Environmental Science Literacy Project, co-leading the development of a learning progression for understanding the water cycle. Related to science teacher preparation, Dr. Gunckel is a senior researcher on the NSF-funded Beyond Bridging Project, which focuses on the co-education of preservice and mentor teachers in science and mathematics. Dr. Gunckel teaches elementary science methods in the University of Arizona teacher preparation program and graduate courses in science education.

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