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Joe Krajcik


Joseph S. Krajcik serves as director of the CREATE for STEM Institute and is the Lappan-Phillips Professor of Science Education at Michigan State University. CREATE for STEM is a joint institute between the College of Natural Science and the College of Education that seeks to improve the teaching and learning of science and mathematics kindergarten through college through innovation and research both in the USA and globally. 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 through the design, development, and testing of project-based science learning environments. His goal is to explore and advance knowledge on creating engaging learning environments for all learners. Krajcik has authored and co-authored curriculum materials, books, software, and over 100 manuscripts. The 5th edition of Krajcik's book "Teaching Children Science: a Project-Based Learning Approach" was released in June 2018. Krajcik served as president of NARST from which he received the Distinguished Contributions to Science Education Through Research Award in 2010. He received the 2014 George G. Mallinson Award from the Michigan Science Teachers, Association for overall excellence of contributions to science education over a significant period of time. Krajcik was elected to the National Academy of Education in 2019, an honor reserved for the most outstanding scholars in education. In 2020, Joe received the prestigious McGraw Prize in Pre-K-12 Education.  

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