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Cindy Kern
Assistant Professor
Arts & Sciences
Saw Mill Road

    Cindy Kern is a former high school science teacher and recipient of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. She has a passion for translating teaching and learning theory to the practices for the diverse learning environments of the K-12 science classrooms. Her research interests involve the use of technology to facilitate and maximize learning and emanate from a design-based research theoretical framework and a socio-cognitive conceptual framework.

    Cindy believes knowledge is the great equalizer in our diverse world and through the development of self-regulated learners we empower our society with life-long learners. Current research projects include the research and development of the 5-featured Dynamic Inquiry Enterprise (5-DIE) design framework for online, blended, and face-to-face learning environments. 5-DIE research and development is meant to address the need for inquiry-based cyberlearning environments, which promotes critical thinking, problem-solving, and the development of science literacy in science education, while acting as a design framework that supports the existing practices of teachers in secondary schools (Kern, Crippen & Skaza, 2014).



    2013               University of Nevada, Las Vegas – Ph.D. in Science Education

    Dissertation: Determining the impact of scaffolded instructional strategies on content knowledge          

    2007               University of Nevada, Las Vegas – Master of Education                                                                             

    1997               University of Nevada, Las Vegas – B.S. in Secondary Education

    Professional Recognition

    2013 - National Technology Leadership Initiative (NTLI) Award Finalist

    2012 - Outstanding Graduate Student Teaching Award - Nominated

    2010 - iNACOL Important Research by an Individual, Team, or Organization – Recipient 

    2010 - UNLV/MGM Teacher of the Game – Recipient 

    2009 - Recipient, Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching - Recipient   

    2007 & 2009 - Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching State Finalist

    Select Research and Scholarship

    Book Chapters

    Crippen, K. J., Archambault, L. M., & Kern, C. (Available January 2014). Using Scaffolded Vee Diagrams to Enact Inquiry Based Learning In A. Hirumi (Ed.), Designing online and hybrid learning environments: A grounded approach to facilitating e-learning: International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE). (invited)

    Ebert, E. K., Crippen, K. J., Kern, C., Reichenbach, R., & Waldman, C. A. (2009). Learning Science with Inquiry in the Clark County School District. In R. E. Yager (Ed.), Inquiry: The Key to Exemplary Science (Vol. 6): NSTA Press.

    Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles

    Kern, C. L., Crippen, K. J., Skaza, H. (2014). The fidelity and usability of 5-DIE: A design study of enacted cyberlearning. Journal of Computers in Mathematics and Science (33)1, 513-536

    Crippen, K. J., Archambault, L. M., & Kern, C. L. (Online First). The nature of laboratory learning experiences in secondary science online. Research in Science Education . doi: 10.1007/s11165-012-9301-6

    Kern, C.L., & Crippen, K. J. (2008). Mapping for Conceptual Change. The Science Teacher . 75(September), 32-38. ate Math and Science Conference, Las Vegas, NV.