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Anne Liu Kern, Ph.D.

Anne Liu Kern, Ph.D.



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University of Idaho - Coeur d' Alene Center
1031 N. Academic Way
Coeur d' Alene, Idaho 83814-5497

  • Ph.D. Science Education, Curriculum and Instruction, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, Nov 2007
  • M.S. Curriculum and Instruction-Science Education, Portland State University, Aug 1996
  • B.A. Major: Chemistry, University of California at Santa Cruz, Jun 1982

Anne Liu 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 doctorate 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.

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 serves the community. Currently there over 90 students, grades 4-12 ,living on the Coeur d’Alene and Spokane Indian Reservations who participate in the BTTE programs.

As a researcher, 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.

  • Science knowledge development

  • STEM integration for science learning

  • Culturally relevant STEM education

  • 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.


Department of Curriculum and Instruction

Mailing Address:
College of Education, Health and Human Sciences
University of Idaho
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Moscow, Idaho 83844-3082

Phone: 208-885-6587

Fax: 208-885-1071