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NGSS Core Ideas: Matter and Its Interactions

Joe Krajcik
Joe Krajcik 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 STEM Institute.

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 Science Education.

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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