NGSS Core Ideas: Matter and Its Interactions
Joseph Krajcik is director of the CREATE for STEM Institute, a joint institute between
the Michigan State University College of Natural Science and the College of Education
to improve the teaching and learning of science and mathematics through innovation
and research. He is also a faculty member in science education at the CREATE for
During his career, Krajcik has focused on working with science teachers to reform
science teaching practices to promote students’ engagement in and learning of science.
He is currently the principal investigator and co-principal investigator for two
National Science Foundation grants to design assessments and curriculum materials
aligned with the Next Generation of Science Standards. He served as lead writer
for developing Physical Science Standards for the Next Generation Science Standards
and lead writer for the Physical Science Design team for the Framework for K – 12
Krajcik serves as co-editor of the Journal of Research in Science Teaching. He has
authored and co-authored curriculum materials, books, software and over 100 manuscripts,
and makes frequent presentations at international, national and regional conferences.
He was honored to receive a Distinguished Professorship from Ewha Womans University,
Seoul, South Korea in 2009 and Guest Professorship from Beijing Normal University
in Beijing, China in 2002. He has made presentations on reforming science education
in Chile, Singapore, China, Thailand, Taiwan, Brazil and South Korea.
Krajcik is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and
has served as president of the National Association for Research in Science Teaching
(NARST), from which he received the Distinguished Contributions to Science Education
Through Research Award in 2010. Krajcik is a former high school chemistry and physical
science teacher. He spent 21 years at the University of Michigan before coming to
MSU in 2011.
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