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Colby Tofel-Grehl

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School of Teacher Education & Leadership

Assistant Professor

Assistant Professor

Contact Information

Office Location: EBLS 240
DialPhone: 435-797-1342
SendEmail: colby.tg@usu.edu


Educational Background

PhD, Science Education, University of Virginia, Curry School of Education, 2013
Exploring Specialized STEM High Schools: Three Dissertation Studies Examining Commonalities and Differences across Six Case Studies
BA, Middle Eastern Studies and Anthropology, (Mathematics and Philosophy), Fordham University, 1999

Biography

Dr. Tofel-Grehl received her PhD in curriculum and instruction from the University of Virginia in 2013. Her research is in science education and novel technologies for improving curricula.


Teaching Interests

Qualitative Research Methods Advanced Qualitative Research Methods Secondary Science Teacher Methods Student Teacher Seminar

Research Interests

STEM education STEM schools Science education Science curricula Maker Spaces

Awards

SIGCSE NSF Showcase Honoree, 2017

National Science Foundation

Researcher of the Year 2015, 2015

Teacher Education and Leadership

Curry Cup Winner, 2011

University of Viginia

Barbara Labrecque Corbin Scholarship Award, 2010

University of Virginia

Publications - Abstracts

    Publications - Books & Book Chapters

      Books

    • Gubbins, E.J, Villanueva, M., Gilson, C.M, Foreman, J.L, Bruce-Davis, M.N, Vahidi, S., Callahan, C., Tofel-Grehl, C., (2013). Status of STEM high schools and implications for practice.. *
    • Book Chapters

    • Tofel-Grehl, C., Callahan, C., Hunsaker, S.L, (2017). STEM High Schools in the United States: Teacher Belief Regarding Workload and Student Giftedness..
    • Howell, J., Tofel-Grehl, C., Fields, D., Ducamp, G., (2016). E-textiles to teach electricity: An experiential, aesthetic, handcrafted approach to science: Teacher Pioneers: Visions from the Edge of the Map. Carnegie Mellon: ETC Press *

    * Has not been peer reviewed

    Publications - Fact Sheets

      * Has not been peer reviewed

      Publications - Curriculum

        * Has not been peer reviewed

        Publications - Journal Articles

          Academic Journal

        • Feldon, D., Peugh, J., Roska, J., Maher, M., Tofel-Grehl, C., (2017). Gender performance differences in STEM degree programs.. Science Education
        • Tofel-Grehl, C., Fields, D., Searle, K., Maahs Fladung, C., Feldon, D., Gu, J., Sun, C., (2017). Electrifying Engagement in Middle School Science Class: Improving Student Interest Through E-textiles. Journal of Science Education and Technology, doi: 10.1007/s10956-017-9688-y
        • Feldon, D., Tofel-Grehl, C., Phenomenography as a Platform for Mixed Methods Research. American Behavioral Scientist
        • Tofel-Grehl, C., Callahan, C.M, Nadelson, L.S, (2017). Comparative Analyses of Discourse in Specialized STEM School Classes.. The Journal of Educational Research
        • Tofel-Grehl, C., Litts, B., Searle, K., (2016). Getting Crafty With the NGSS. Science and Children
        • Tofel-Grehl, C., Feldon, D., (2016). Reviewing STEM education for high ability learners.. Teachers' College Record
        • Tofel-Grehl, C., Callahan, C., Teacher belief about student giftedness within specialized STEM schools.. Gifted Child Quarterly
        • Tofel-Grehl, C., Callahan, C., (2016). Variations in the intensity of specialized STEM high schools.. Journal of STEM Teacher Education
        • Tofel-Grehl, C., Callahan, C., (2016). STEM School Discourse Patterns. Journal of STEM Education
        • Forman, J., Gubbins, J., Bruce-Davis, M., Villanueva, I., Massicotte, M., Callahan, C., Tofel-Grehl, C., (2015). National Survey of STEM High Schools' Curricular and Instructional Strategies and Practices.. Journal of the National Consortium of Secondary STEM Schools
        • Tofel-Grehl, C., Fields, D., (2015). Sewing up science: Where crafting and science meet.. The Science Teacher, 82:8, 45-49.
        • Tofel-Grehl, C., (2014). A National Need for Parity in STEM Education.. Teaching Children Mathematics21, 237-271.
        • Tofel-Grehl, C., Callahan, C., (2014). Specialized STEM high school communities: Common and differing features.. Journal of Advanced Academics7, 293-304.
        • Tofel-Grehl, C., Feldon, D., (2013). Cognitive task analysis-based training: A meta-analysis of studies. Journal of Cognitive Engineering and Decision Making, 7:3, 293-304.
        • Tofel-Grehl, C., (2011). Reviewing a power shift in public education.. American School Board Journal198, 46.
        • Professional Journal

        * Has not been peer reviewed

        Publications - Literary Journal

          * Has not been peer reviewed

          Publications - MultiMedia

            * Has not been peer reviewed

            Publications - Technical Reports

              * Has not been peer reviewed

              Publications - Translations & Transcripts

                Publications - Other

                  * Has not been peer reviewed

                  Scheduled Teaching

                  TEAL 7820 - TEAL 7820: Journal Readings in Science Education, Fall 2017

                  SCED 4300 - Clinical Experience II, Spring 2017

                  EDUC 6800 - Mixed Methods Research, Spring 2017

                  SCED 4400 - Teaching Science II, Spring 2017

                  SCED 3300 - Clinical Experience I, Fall 2016

                  TEAL 6720 - Practicum in Science Instruction, Fall 2016

                  SCED 5500 - Student Teaching Seminar, Fall 2016

                  SCED 5500 - Student Teaching Seminar, Fall 2016

                  SCED 3400, 5820 - Teaching Science I, Fall 2016

                  SCED 3400 - Teaching Science I, Fall 2016

                  TEAL 6560 - Special Topics, Summer 2016

                  TEAL 6560 - Special Topics, Summer 2016

                  SCED 4300 - Clinical Experience II, Spring 2016

                  SCED 4400 - Teaching Science II, Spring 2016

                  SCED 3300 - Clinical Experience I, Fall 2015

                  SCED 5820 - Science Teaching Methods, Fall 2015

                  SCED 3400 - Teaching Science I, Fall 2015

                  SCED 4300 - Clinical Experience II, Spring 2015

                  TEAL 6700 - Improvement of Science Instruction, Spring 2015

                  SCED 5500 - Student Teaching Seminar, Spring 2015

                  SCED 4400 - Teaching Science II, Spring 2015

                  SCED 3300 - Clinical Experience I, Fall 2014

                  SCED 5500 - Student Teaching Seminar, Fall 2014

                  SCED 3400,5820 - Teaching Science I, Fall 2014

                  SCED 5500 - Student Teaching Seminar, Spring 2014


                  Graduate Students Mentored