Crystal Bruxvoort

Crystal Bruxvoort


  • BA Central College, IA, 1990
  • MAT Drake University, 1993
  • PhD Iowa State University, Curriculum & Instruction, Science Education Concentration, 2005

Professional experience

  • Associate Professor, Science Education—Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry, Calvin College 2012-present
  • Assistant Professor, Science Education—Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry, Calvin College 2005-2012
  • Teaching Assistant, Iowa State University, 2002-2004
  • Chemistry Instructor. Marshalltown Community College, 1995-2001
  • Chemistry Lab Instructor, Drake University, 1990-1995

Academic interests

  • Scientific reasoning
  • Conceptual change
  • Nature of science
  • Inquiry-based science teaching


Olson, J. K., Bruxvoort, C. N. and Vande Haar, A. J. (2016).  The impact of video case content on preservice elementary teachers’ decision-making and conceptions of effective science teaching. Journal of Research in Science Teaching. doi:10.1002/tea.21335

Bruxvoort, C. and Jadrich, J.  (January 2016).  Don’t “Short Circuit” STEM Instruction.  The Science Teacher, 83(1), 23-28.

van Dijk, Deanna, and Crystal Bruxvoort (2013).  “Engaging first-year students in the Earth science through dune research: The FYRES experience” CUR Q on the Web 34 (4): 24-26; available online at

Bruxvoort, C., & Jadrich, J. (2013). A Cognitive Perspective on Conceptual Change in Science. In K. Finson, & J. Pedersen (Eds.), Visual Data and Their Use in Science Education (p. 23-46). Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing.

Jadrich, J., & Bruxvoort, C. (2013). Confusion in the Classroom About the Natures of Science and Technology: Implications for Scientific and Technological Literacy. In M.P. Clough, J.K. Olson & D.S. Niederhauser (Eds.), The Nature of Technology: Implications for Learning and Teaching (pp. 411-426). Sense Publishers: Rotterdam, The Netherlands.

Harkema, J., Jadrich, J., and Bruxvoort, C. (2012). Science and Engineering. In E. Brunsell (Ed.) Integrating Engineering and Science In Your Classroom (pp. 7-12). Arlington, VA: National Science Teachers Association.

Jadrich, J., & Bruxvoort, C. (2011). Learning & teaching scientific inquiry: Research and applications. Arlington, VA: NSTA Press.

Jadrich, J., & Bruxvoort, C. (September 2010). Investigating Diffusion and Entropy with Carbon Dioxide-Filled Balloons. The Physics Teacher, 48, 388-390

Harkema, J., Jadrich, J., & Bruxvoort, C. (2009). Science and Engineering: Two models of laboratory investigation. The Science Teacher, 76(9), 27-31. 

Sportel, S., Bruxvoort, C., & Jadrich, J. (2009). Seeing the Light: An alternate model for introducing upper elementary students to light. Science & Children, 47(4), 37-41. 


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