Crystal Bruxvoort

Crystal Bruxvoort


  • B.A., Central College, IA, 1990
  • M.A.T., Drake University, 1993
  • Ph.D., Iowa State University, Curriculum & Instruction, Science Education Concentration, 2005

Professional experience

  • Associate Professor, Science Education—Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry, Calvin University (College), 2012-present
  • Assistant Professor, Science Education—Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry, Calvin University (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


Undergraduate student names appear in bold. 

Olson, J. K., Bruxvoort, C. N. and Vande Haar, A. J. "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. 2016

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

van Dijk, Deanna, and Crystal Bruxvoort.  “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 2013.

Bruxvoort, C., & Jadrich, J. "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. 2013

Jadrich, J., & Bruxvoort, C. "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. 2013

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

Jadrich, J., & Bruxvoort, C. "Learning & Teaching Scientific Inquiry: Research and Applications". Arlington, VA: NSTA Press. 2011.

VanAntwerp, J., Bruxvoort, C., Plett, M., & Wilson, D. "Examining Calling As A Motivator in Career Decisions: A Comparison of Engineering Graduates From Secular and Christian Undergraduate Institutions". Peer-reviewed paper presented at the ninth conference for the Christian Engineering Education Conference. Vancouver, BC. 2011 June 29-July 1.

Plett, M., Hawkinson, C., VanAntwerp, J.J., Wilson, D., & Bruxvoort, C. "Engineering Identity and the Workplace Persistence of Women with Engineering Degrees". Proceedings of the 2011 American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) Conference, Vancouver, B.C. 2011 June 26-29.

Wilson, D., Plett, M., VanAntwerp, J.J., & Bruxvoort, C. "The Need to Connect Engineering to Changing Society: Important from Middle School to Retirement". 2011 WEPAN Annual Conference, Seattle, WA, 2011 June 21 - 23.

Bruxvoort, C. "Scientific Inquiry in the Classroom: How Will I Know It When I See It?". Invited article for inclusion in the second edition of Christian Schools International’s science curriculum, Grand Rapids, Michigan. Aug 2011. 

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

Harkema, J., Jadrich, J., & Bruxvoort, C. "Science and Engineering: Two Models of Laboratory Investigation". The Science Teacher, 76(9), 27-31. 2009.

Sportel, S., Bruxvoort, C., & Jadrich, J. "Seeing the Light: An Alternate Model for Introducing Upper Elementary Students to Light". Science & Children, 47(4), 37-41. 2009.

VanAntwerp, J.J., Reed, R.E., Bruxvoort, C.N., & Carlson, N. "Engineering Student Retention: Development of A Validated, Quantitative Instrument for Exploring the Role of Personal and Institutional Context". Proceedings of the ASEE Annual Conference, Pittsburgh, PA, June 2008.

Hand, B., Eun-mi Yang, O., & Bruxvoort, C. "Using Writing-to-Learn Science Strategies to Improve Year 11 Students’ Understandings of Stoichiometry". International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education. Retrieved from 2005. 

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