Jonathan Boxerman

Dr. Jonathan Z. Boxerman


Jonathan Boxerman earned an undergraduate degree at UC San Diego, where he studied earth science at the Scripps Institute of Oceanography. After graduation he worked for two years as a geologist for an environmental engineering firm, then went on to receive a graduate degree in geoscience from San Francisco State University. The focus of his master's project centered on tafoni, a mysterious rock weathering phenomenon. During this time, he co-taught sixth grade earth science at a San Francisco Unified School District middle school and was funded by a National Science Foundation partnership program called GK-12. He studied Learning Sciences at Northwestern University. His dissertation research was about outdoor science field trips. He worked as an Assessment Specialist at UC Berkeley's Lawrence Hall of Science before joining WestEd where he is currently a Science Education Research Associate. 

Curriculum Vitae

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  • 2011 - Northwestern University Fellowship
  • 2010 - Northwestern University Fellowship
  • 2009 - NSF Spatial Intelligence and Learning Center Fellowship
  • 2008 - NSF CCMS Research Fellowship
  • 2007 - NSF CCMS Research Fellowship
  • 2006 - Northwestern University Fellowship
  • 2006 - Distinguished Achievement Award for Academic Excellence
  • 2005 - GK-12 Partnership Program NSF Fellowship
  • 2004 - GK-12 Partnership Program NSF Fellowship



Year Degree Institution
2013 PhD, Learning Sciences
Learning Sciences
Northwestern University
2008 MA, Learning Sciences
Learning Sciences
Northwestern University
2006 M.S. Applied Geosciences San Francisco State University
1999 B.S. Earth Sciences University of California, San Diego


Year Title  
2013 Echoes from the field: An ethnographic investigation of outdoor science field trips Adobe Acrobat PDF Logo Download Adobe Acrobat PDF

Research Interests

I'm interested in designing learning environments that can support sensemaking about wonderful and powerful ideas. My research interests focus on how students represent knowledge about scientific practices, and I'm particularly interested in understanding how people think and learn about scientific phenomena that change over extreme spans of time over vast spatial scales. I situate my research in urban classrooms as well as outdoors in nature.


Employment History

Assessment Specialist, University of California, Berkeley

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