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Department of Curriculum & Instruction
College of Education
University of Idaho
Moscow, Idaho 83844
Phone: (208) 885-6587

Coeur d'Alene

Dr. Paul Gathercoal
College of Education
University of Idaho
Moscow, Idaho 83844-3080
(208) 885-5707

Dr. Anne Kern
College of Education
University of Idaho
Coeur d' Alene Center
Coeur d' Alene, Idaho 83814-5497
(208) 292-1402


Department of Curriculum & Instruction
College of Education
University of Idaho
Moscow, Idaho 83844
Phone: (208) 885-6587
Email: teached@uidaho.edu

Anne Kern

Anne Liu Kern, Ph.D.

Office: 1031 N. Academic Way
Phone: (208) 292-1402
Email: akern@uidaho.edu

College of Education
Curriculum and Instruction
Associate Professor, Science Education

Campus Locations: Coeur d'Alene
With UI Since 2008

  • Research/Focus Areas
    • Science knowledge development
    • STEM integration for science learning
    • Culturally relevant STEM education.
  • Biography

    Dr. Kern is an associate professor in Science Education with the Department of Curriculum and Instruction in the College of Education at the University of Idaho, Coeur d’Alene. She earned her PhD. in Curriculum and Instruction-Science Education, from the University of Minnesota in 2007. Prior to entering graduate school, she taught High School chemistry for 10-years in Oregon. She also has 15-years of experience in chemistry research focusing on Water Quality and Environmental Protection Agency projects.

    Dr. Kern’s research interests focuses on science learning and knowledge development. She is particularly interested in the integration of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Her current research projects include the development and exploration of place-based education practices for STEM education, with America Indian youth. She is the Principal Investigator for a National Science Foundation-Innovative Technology Experiences for Students and Teachers (ITEST) project Back to the Earth (BTTE, NSF#1139657). The BTTE project works with community members to develop after-school learning experiences that merge indigenous knowledge systems with Western science in developing an understanding of the local watershed to build interest for a STEM workforce that serve the community. Currently there over ninety students, grade 4-12 students living on the Coeur ‘Alene and Spokane Indian Reservations (Coeur d’Alene and Spokane) that participate in the BTTE programs.

    As a researcher, Dr. Kern has been involved in a number of research and outreach projects that draw on her experience in STEM teaching and learning in public and informal educational settings.

  • Selected Publications
    Kern, A. L., Howard, M., Navickis-Brasch, A., Fiedler, F., & Cadwell, J. (2015). The fish weir challenge: A culturally relevant engineering design challenge. Science Scope, 38(9). 

    Kern, A. L., Roehrig, G. H., Bhattacharya, D., Wang, J., Finley, F., Reynolds, B, Nam, Y. (2015). Lessons from the place: A climate change professional development for teachers in American Indian Communities. In Mueller, M. & Tippins, D. (Eds.) EcoJustice, Citizen Science and Youth Activism: Situated Tensions for Science Education.

    Nam, Y., Roehrig, G., Kern, A. & 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. DOI: 10.1007/s10763-012-9372-x.

    Muthersbaugh, D. & Kern, A. L. (2012). Pre-service teacher use of images in integrating environmental sustainability lessons. Journal of Teacher Education for Sustainability, 14(1), 67-89. DOI: 10.2478/v10099-012-0006-8.

    Barnicle, S. P., Orr, M. T., & Kern, A., L. (2012). Narrowing the I-95 border: Utilizing distance learning technology to bring classrooms together. International Journal of Instructional Technology & Distance Learning, 9(1), 85-90.

    Kern, A. L., Roehrig, G. H., & Wattam, D. K. (2012). Inside a beginning immigrant science teacher’s classroom: An ethnographic study. Teachers and Teaching, 18 (4), 1-13. DOI: 10.1080/13540602.2012.696047.

    Nyachwaya, J., Mohammed, 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.

    Muthersbaugh, D. R., Kern, A. L., Pegg, J., & Clark, H. (2011). Science Notebooks and “A Big Waste Problem”. The Earth Scientist, 27(4), 21-26.

    Sato, M. D., Kern, A. L., McDonald, E. J., & Rogers, C. A. (2010). On the inside looking out: Instantiations of the practical. Teacher Education and Practice, 23 (1), 66-87.

    Norman, K.W., Moore, T., & Kern, A. L. (2010). A graduate level in-service teacher education curriculum integrating engineering into science and mathematics contents. The Montana Mathematics Enthusiast-Special Issue, 7 (2&3), 433-446.

    Kern, A. L., Wood, N. B., 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. DOI: 10.1039/C005465H.

    Bang, E. J., Kern, A. L., Luft, J. A., & Roehrig, G. H. (2007). First-year secondary science teachers: A research brief. School Science and Mathematics, 107(6), 52-61.

    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(7), 883-907. DOI: 10.1022/tea.20180.