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Gillian Roehrig


  • Higher Ed: Education 


Gillian Roehrig is an associate professor in science education at the University of Minnesota. She is a former high school chemistry teacher and assistant professor of chemistry education at San Diego State University. She is currently the associate director of the STEM Education Center ( ). The STEM Education Center applies interdisciplinary research in learning and cognition, STEM integration, instructor development, and evaluation and assessment to STEM teaching from early childhood through graduate education. Dr. Roehrig's specific research interests are the preparation and retention of secondary science teachers, teacher professional development STEM integration, and culturally-relevant STEM instruction for American Indian students. She teachers PhD courses in science education and secondary science methods. 


Science Teacher Education, Professional Development, STEM Integration, Climate Change Education, Culturally-relevant science education in American Indian communities 


Nam, Y., Roehrig, G. H., Kern, A. L., & Reynolds, B. (2013). Perceptions and Practices of Culturally Relevant Science Teaching in American Indian Classrooms. International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 11(1), 143-167.

Roehrig, G.H., Michlin, M., Schmitt, L., MacNabb, C., & Dubinsky, J.M. (2012). Teaching Neuroscience to Science Teachers: Facilitating the Translation of Inquiry-Based Teaching Instruction to the Classroom. CBE- Life Science Education, 11(4), 413-424

Miller, B. G., Doering, A., Roehrig, G.H., & Shimek, R. (2012). Fostering Indigenous STEM Education: Mobilizing the Adventure Learning Framework through Snow Snakes. Journal of American Indian Education. 51(2), 66-84.

Roehrig, G.H., Campbell, K.M., Dalbotten, D. & Varma, K. (2012). CYCLES: A Culturally-relevant Approach to Climate Change Education in Native Communities. Journal of Curriculum and Instruction. 6, 73-89

Roehrig, G.H., Moore, T.J., Wang, H.-H., & Park, M.S. (2012). Is adding the E enough?: Investigating the impact of K-12 engineering standards on the implementation of STEM integration. School Science and Mathematics, 112, 31-44.

Stohlmann, M., Moore, T.J., McClelland, J., & Roehrig, G.H. (2011). Year-long impressions of a middle school STEM integration program. Middle School Journal. 43 (1), 32-40.

Roehrig, G.H, Dubosarsky, M., Mason, A., Carlson, S., & Murphy, B. (2011). We Look More, Listen More, Notice More: Impact of Sustained Professional Development on Head Start Teachers' Inquiry-Based and Culturally-Relevant Science Teaching Practices. Journal of Science Education and Technology.20(5), 566-578.

Dubosarsky, M., Murphy,B., Roehrig, G.H., Frost, L.C., Jones,J., & Carlson, S.C.
( with Nette Londo, Carolyn J.B. Melchert, Cheryl Gettel, and Jody Bement)(2011) Animal
Tracks on the Playground, Minnows in the Sensory Table: Incorporating Cultural Themes to
Promote Preschoolers' Critical Thinking in American Indian Head Start Classrooms.Young
Children, 66(5), 20-29.

Nyachwaya, J., Mohamed, A.R, Roehrig, G.H., Wood, N., Kern, A.L., & Schneider, J. (2011). The Development of an Open-ended Drawing Tool: An Alternative Diagnostic Tool for Assessing Students' Understanding of the Particulate Nature of Matter. Chemistry Education Research and Practice, 11, 165-172

Kern, A. L, Wood, N., Roehrig, G. H., & Nyachwaya, J. (2010). A Qualitative Report of the Ways High School Chemistry Students Attempt to Represent a Chemical Reaction at the Atomic/Molecular Level. Chemistry Education: Research and Practice,11, 165-172.

Roehrig, G. H., & Garrow, S. T. (2007). The impact of teacher classroom practices on student achievement during the implementation of a reform-based chemistry curriculumInternational Journal of Science Education, 29, 1789-181.

Roehrig, G. H., Kruse, R. A., & Kern, A. L. (2007). Teacher and school characteristics and their influence on curriculum implementation. Journal of Research in Science Teaching, 44, 883-907.

Luft, J. A. & Roehrig, G. H. (2007). Capturing Science Teachers' Epistemological Beliefs: The Development of the Teacher Beliefs Interview. Electronic Journal of Science Education, 11(2), 38-63.