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Charlene Czerniak



  • Higher Ed: Science, Higher Ed: Education 


Brief Biography

Charlene M. Czerniak, Ph.D.
Science Teacher Education

Charlene M. Czerniak is a professor at The University of Toledo in the department of Curriculum and Instruction. She received her Ph.D. in science education from The Ohio State University. A former elementary teacher in Bowling Green, OH, she teaches classes in grant writing, elementary science education, and science teacher leadership. Professor Czerniak has authored and co-authored over 50 articles. Her publications have appeared in the Journal of Science Teacher Education, Journal of Research in Science Teaching, School Science and Mathematics, Science Scope, and Science and Children. Professor Czerniak is co-author of a textbook published by Lawrence Erlbaum and Associates on project based science teaching. She also has five chapters in books and illustrated 12 children's science education books. Most recently, Czerniak authored a chapter entitled Interdisciplinary Science Teaching in the Handbook of Research on Science Education, published by Lawrence Erlbaum and Associates. Professor Czerniak has been an author and director of numerous grant funded projects in excess of $17 million dollars that targeted professional development of science teachers. She is the director of a $6 million dollar grant from the United States Department of Education, which focuses on recruiting, better preparing, and retaining science and mathematics teachers for urban schools. She has made frequent presentations at national and regional conferences that focus on her research interests on teachers' beliefs about teaching science, professional development for elementary and middle grades teachers, science education reform, and school improvement. She is an active member in the Association for Science Teacher Education (ASTE), the National Association of Research in Science Teaching (NARST), the School Science and Mathematics Association (SSMA), and the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) and reviews manuscripts for the journals associated with these organizations. For five years, she served as editor of the Journal of Science Teacher Education, the professional journal of the Association for Science Teacher Education. She has served on numerous committees for AETS, NARST, SSMA, and NSTA. Charlene Czerniak was the President of the School Science and Mathematics Association for two years, and she is now the President of the National Association for Research in Science Teaching (NARST). She received the 2008 Distinguished Alumni Award for Service from The University of Toledo Judith Herb College of Education and the 2008 Research Award from the Judith Herb College of Education. 


science education reform
teacher professional development
teacher beliefs/attitudes toward science


Linking assessment to student achievement in a professional development model. In Science Assessment: Research and Practical Approaches, Eds. by J. Coffey, R. Douglas, and C. Sterns. Arlington, VA: NSTA Press. Struble, J. L., Templin, M. A., and Czerniak, C. M. (2008).

Teaching Science to Children: A Project-Based Science Approach. Krajcik, J. & Czerniak, C. M. (2007). Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum.

Interdisciplinary science teaching, Czerniak, C.M., in Abell, S. K., & Lederman, N. G. (Eds). (2007). Handbook of research on science education. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum.

Do you see what I see? The relationship between a professional development model and student achievement. In Exemplary Science in Grades 5-8: Standards-Based Success Stories, Ed. R. E. Yager. Arlington, VA: NSTA Press. Czerniak, C. M., Beltyukova, S, Struble, J., Haney, J. J., and Lumpe, A. T. (2005).

A Study of the Effects of a LSC Project on Scientists' Teaching Practices and beliefs. Journal of Science Teacher Education, 16 (2), 159-184. Ballone, L., Czerniak, C., and Haney, J.

Study of Science Teachers' Attitudes Toward and Beliefs about Collaborative Reflective Practice. Journal of Science Teacher Education, 14 (1), 1-31. Desouza, J. M., & Czerniak, C. M. (2003).

From beliefs to actions: The beliefs and actions of teachers implementing change. Journal of Science Teacher Education, 13 (3), 171-187. Haney, J. J. Lumpe, A. T., Czerniak, C. M., & Egan, V. (2002).

Confronting, challenging, and changing teachers' beliefs: Implications from a local systemic change professional development program. Journal of Science Teacher Education 13 (2), 101-130. Fetters, M. K., Czerniak, C. M., Fish, L., & Shawberry, J. (2002).