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Cary Sneider, Ph.D.
Cary Sneider, Ph.D.

 

Name: Cary Sneider, Ph.D.
Position: Associate Research Professor
Phone: 503-891-9263
Email:
csneider@pdx.edu
Office Location and Hours: First Avenue Building FAB-175, Office Hours by Appointment

Degrees:

Harvard College, Cambridge, MA
Astronomy     B.A. (cum laude), 1969

University of California, Berkeley, CA
Science Education     Secondary Teaching Credential, 1971

University of California, Berkeley, CA
Science Education    M.A., 1976

University of California, Berkeley, CA
Science Education    Ph.D., 1982


Biography:

Dr. Cary Sneider teaches courses in research methodology in a Masters of Science Teaching Degree program at the Center for Science Education.  He also consults on diverse issues in STEM education, such as youth programs at science centers, educational standards, and assessment. He contributed to A Framework for K-12 Science Education (National Research Council 2012), which laid the groundwork for new science standards, and served on the writing team that is implementing the Framework under the title Next Generation Science Standards. Until 2007 Dr. Sneider served as Vice President for Educator Programs at the Museum of Science in Boston, and prior to that he served as Director of Astronomy and Physics Education at the Lawrence Hall of Science at the University of California.  Dr. Sneider’s curriculum development and research interests have focused on helping students unravel their misconceptions in science, on new ways to link science centers and schools to promote student inquiry, and on integrating engineering and technology education into the K-12 curriculum.


Current Projects/Grant Funded Work:

·         Member, National Assessment Governing Board, which sets policy for the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), also known as “The Nation’s Report Card.”

·         Chair, Committee for Guiding Implementation of K-12 Engineering Education, National Academy of Engineering

·         Member, Committee on Guidance on Implementing the Next Generation Science Standards, National Research Council.

·         Member, Committee on Successful Out of School STEM Learning, National Research Council.

·         Co- Principal Investigator on an NSF grant to Stevens Institute of Technology to develop engineering activities to complement high school biology and chemistry courses. 

·         Member of the National Assessment Governing Board 2011-2014. <http://www.nagb.org/>

·         Consultant on STEM Education for the Noyce Foundation, the S.D. Bechtel Jr. Foundation, the Lemelson Foundation, and on several Advisory Boards.

 

Recently Completed Projects:

·         2012-2013 Technology and Engineering Lead for Next Generation Science Standards, NGSS Lead States, 2013.

·         2010-2013 Principal Investigator, Bridging the Gap Between High School and College Physics: An Exploratory Study, National Science Foundation grant.

·         2010-2012 Technology and Engineering Lead for A Framework for K-12 Science Education: Practices, Core Ideas, and Crosscutting Concepts (National Research Council, 2012). 

·         2009-2010 Co-Chair of the Planning Committee for the Technology and Engineering Literacy Framework for the 2014 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP).

·         2008-2009 Facilitator for revision of the Washington State K-12 Science Standards

·         2007-2008 Planning Committee member for the Science Framework for the 2009 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP).

 

Recent Publications:

Books and Book Chapters

Sneider, C. (in press). Section 1, Chapter 3. Grand Challenges for Engineering Education. In Annetta, L., and Minogue, J. Achieving Science and Technological Literacy Through Engineering Design Practices. New York: Springer Publishers.

Sneider, C., and Purzer, S. (in press). Chapter 1. The rising profile of “STEM” literacy through national standards and assessments. In Strobel, J., Purer,, S., and Cardella, M. Engineering in Pre-College Settings: Synthesizing Research, Policy, and Practices. West Lafayette IN: Purdue Univeristy Press.

Sneider, C., & Wojnowski, B. (Eds.) 2013. Opening the door to physics through formative assessment [monograph]. Portland, OR: Portland State University. Retrieved from National Science Education Leadership website: www.nsela.org/publications.

Vasquez, J., Sneider, C., and Comer, M. 2013. STEM Lesson Essentials Grades 3-8: Integrating Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann.

Keeley, P., and Sneider, C., 2012. Uncovering Student Ideas in Astronomy: 45 New Formative Assessment Probes. Arlington, VA: National Science Teachers Association.

Sneider, C., and Koba, S. 2012 Chapter 5. Earth’s shape and gravity.”  In Koba, S., Hard-to-Teach Science Concepts: A Framework to Support Learners. Arlington, VA: NSTA Press.

Sneider, C. and Rosen, L.P. 2010. Towards a Vision for Engineering Education in Science and Mathematics Standards. In National Academy of Engineering, Standards for K-12 Engineering Education? 2010, pp. 114-135. Online at www.nae.edu/File.aspx?id=15091

Sneider, C. 2003. Chapter 3, Examining Students’ Work, in Everyday Assessment in the Science Classroom, J. Michael Atkin and Janet E. Coffey, editors, Washington, D.C.: NSTA Press.


Professional Development for Teachers and Museum Educators

Sneider, C. 2010. How kids learn astronomy: insights from research and practice." Astronomy Beat No. 58, October 18, 2010. http://www.astrosociety.org/mercury/astrobeat/.

Sneider, C. 2010. Critical listening: an essential element in exhibit design, in Filippoupoliti, A. (Ed.) Science Exhibitions: Communication and Evaluation.  Edinburgh, Scotland: MuseumsEtc.

Sneider, C. 2008. What will it take to establish technology/engineering education for all students? The Technology Teacher, 67 (6) pp. 16-19.

Sneider, C. and Brenninkmeyer, J. 2007. Achieving technological literacy at the secondary level: a case study from Massachusetts.  Professional Development for Engineering and Technology: A National Symposium, Illinois State University. Online at: www.conferences.ilstu.edu/NSA/homepage.html.

Sneider, C. 2007. Promoting technology literacy in schools: a museum of science initative,” ASTC Dimensions, May/June 2007.


Professional Development for Teachers and Museum Educators

Golden, R. and Sneider, C. (2013). Self-Organizing Systems: A Unifying Paradigm for Science Education. Global Systems Science Website: http://www.globalsystemsscience.org/about/self-organizing-systems.

Brockway, D., Sneider, C., and Zhang, Xiadong 2010. Measuring the impact of engineering design activities on student learning in high school biology and chemistry: A research-in-progress report, Proceedings, P-12 Engineering and Design Education Research Summit, Seaside, Oregon, August, 2010.

Sneider, C. 2010. How kids learn astronomy: insights from research and practice," Astronomy Beat No. 58, October 18, 2010. http://www.astrosociety.org/mercury/astrobeat/.

Sneider, C. 2010. Critical listening: an essential element in exhibit design, in Filippoupoliti, A. (Ed.) Science Exhibitions: Communication and Evaluation.  Edinburgh, Scotland: MuseumsEtc.

Sneider, C. 2008. What will it take to establish technology/engineering education for all students? The Technology Teacher, 67 (6) pp. 16-19.

Sneider, C. 2007. Promoting technology literacy in schools: a museum of science initative,” ASTC Dimensions, May/June 2007.

 

Educational Research

Sneider, C. (2011) Reversing the swing from science: Implications from a century of research. Advancing Research on Youth Motivation in STEM Convening Materials. STEM Learning and Research Center, Education Development Center, Inc.  Online at http://itestlrc.edc.org/youth-motivation-convening-materials.

Sneider, C. I. and Burke, M. 2011. The Legacy of YouthALIVE! Center for the Advancement of Informal Science Eduation. http://caise.insci.org/uploads/docs/Sneider_%20Burke_LegacyofYouthALIVE.pdf

Sneider, C., Bar, V., and Kavanagh, C. 2011. Learning about seasons: a guide for teachers and curriculum developers. Astronomy Education Review. Online at http://aer.aas.org/

Brockway, D., Sneider, C., and Zhang, X. 2010. Measuring the impact of engineering design activities on student learning in high school biology and chemistry: a research-in-progress report. Proceedings, P-12 Engineering and Design Education Research Summit, Seaside, Oregon.

Kavanagh, C., and Sneider, C. 2005. Learning about gravity, Part I. Free Fall. a guide for teachers and curriculum developers. Astronomy Education Review, 5 (2). Online at http://aer.aas.org/

Kavanagh, C., and Sneider, C. 2005. Learning about gravity, Part II. a guide for teachers and curriculum developers.  Trajectories and Orbits. Astronomy Education Review, 5 (2). Online at http://aer.aas.org/

Kavanagh, C., Agan, L., and Sneider, C. 2005. Learning about moon phases and eclipses: a guide for teachers and curriculum developers. Astronomy Education Review, 4 (1). Online at http://aer.aas.org/

Agan, L., and Sneider, C. 2004. Learning about the Earth’s shape and gravity: a guide for teachers and curriculum developers. Astronomy Education Review, 2 (2). Online at http://aer.aas.org/

 

Web and New Media

Everyday Cosmology. Author.  Observatories of the Carnegie institution for Science. Online at http://cosmology.carnegiescience.edu/. 2010.

Journey to Palomar: Teacher Guide. Author. PBS, Download PDF file at: http://www.pbs.org/thejourneytopalomar/. 2010.

Engineering the Future, Project Director for a new high school course which included production of two videos (on DVDs and the web), Flash! modules and an online PD course. 2007.

Sci-Packs, contributor to online professional development tools for teachers in the area of astronomy, with NSTA, June 2004 to the present.

Teachers as Learners, Co-Investigator of a video series for educational leaders on strategies for professional development with WestEd and WGBH-TV.  Published by Corwin Press, 2003.

Teaching High School Science, consultant on video series that exemplifies inquiry teaching in high school classrooms, with WGBH-TV, published by Annenberg CPB, 2000.

 

Courses Taught:

·         Sci 501: MST Research

·         Sci 510: Science Education Research Methods

·         Sci 510 Connect2Science: Earth and Space Science, Grades K-6