Brant G. Miller is an assistant professor of science and technology education. Before pursuing his doctoral work, Brant was a middle school science teacher for six years in western South Dakota. His research interests include the identification of science agency in K-12 students through culturally-based STEM curricular experiences; Adventure Learning; and the design and implementation of authentic, sustained professional development for K-12 STEM teachers in domestic and international settings.
Brant is very interested in understanding the influences of STEM within local communities and perceptions local communities have associated with STEM. Brant believes that through an integrated STEM education approach students can experience contexts that are important to them while at the same time learning meaningful content.
One of Brant’s favorite quotes is by the Alaska Native scholar A. Oscar Kawagley. He said that “the purpose of education is to die satiated with life”. To Brant, this quote epitomizes the possibility of education, an education in which students can learn in a myriad of meaningful ways.
(photographer). (2013). Supercooled water clouds over Summit Station, Greenland[Cover Photo]. Nature
, 496 (7443).
Miller, B. G.
, Hougham, R. J., & Eitel, K. B. (in press). The practical enactment of adventure learning: Where will you AL@?. Tech Trends
Lysne, S. J., Miller, B. G.
, & Eitel, K. B. (in press). Exploring student engagement in an introductory biology course. Journal of College Science Teaching.
Donna, J. D., & Miller, B. G.
(in press). Using cloud-computing applications to support collaborative scientific inquiry: Examining pre-service teachers’ perceived barriers towards integration. Canadian Journal of Learning and Technology.
Eitel, K. B., Hougham, R. J., & Miller, B. G.
, Schon, J., & LaPaglia, K. (2013). Upload, download: Empowering students through technology-enabled problem-based learning. Science Scope,
Hougham, R. J., Eitel, K. B., & Miller, B. G.
(2012). AL@: Combining the strengths of adventure learning and place based education. CLEARING
Miller, B. G.
, Doering, A., Roehrig, G., & Shimek, R. (2012). Fostering Indigenous STEM education: Mobilizing the adventure learning framework through snow snakes. Journal of American Indian Education
, 51(2), 66-84.
Principal Investigator - Adventure Learning @ Greenland. Funded by the NSF Office of Polar Programs Arctic Education.
Principal Investigator - Adventure Learning through Water and the McCall Outdoor Science School (MOSS). Funded by the NSF Office of Cyber Infrastructure and Cyber Learning.
The Graduate School's Best Dissertation Award Nomination - Department of Curriculum and Instruction, College of Education and Human Development, University of Minnesota (2012).