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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