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Faculty: Ryan Nixon

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Ryan Nixon

Ryan Nixon

Title

Associate Professor

Department:

TEd

Contact Information

Office: 206-M MCKB

Phone: 801-422-4803

Email: nope@rynixon@byu.edumsn.com

Brief Biography

I teach future teachers how to teach science. I love helping teachers think about ways to engage students in thinking about important science concepts. By doing this, teachers can help students to understand the world around them and to see the world as a more amazing place.

In order to assist teachers in helping students reach these goals, I research teachers' science subject matter knowledge. I'm interested in whether, and how, teachers learn the science concepts they teach through their teaching experience. I'm also interested in exploring ways of helping teachers to develop their science subject matter knowledge as they teach. My work also focuses on how these issues intersect with challenges teachers face when teaching new subjects, whether from being assigned to teach a new grade level or being assigned to teach out-of-field.

Awards

Research Worth Reading awardee

National Association for Research in Science Teaching

2021 - Present

2016 Conference Paper Award V: Implications for Research for Educational Practice

Association for Science Teacher Education

2017

Selected Publications

Attending to science concepts during planning: Exploring and supporting the process

  • Authors: Nixon, Ryan Stephen; Campbell, Benjamin
  • Publication Type: Journal Article, Academic Journal

Pinning and planning: Five tips for using Pinterest to teach science

  • Authors: Nixon, Ryan ; Navy, Shannon; Barnett, Sarah; Johnson, Marissa; Johnson, Delaney
  • Publication Type: Journal Article, Academic Journal

Accessed or latent resources? Exploring new secondary science teachers’ networks of resources

  • Authors: Navy, Shannon; Nixon, Ryan Stephen; Luft, Julie; Jurkiewicz, Melissa
  • Publication Type: Journal Article, Academic Journal

Elementary teachers’ science subject matter knowledge across the teacher career cycle

  • Authors: Nixon, Ryan Stephen; Smith, Leigh; Sudweeks, Richard R
  • Publication Type: Journal Article, Academic Journal

Knowing more than their students: Characterizing secondary science teachers’ subject matter knowledge

  • Authors: Nixon, Ryan Stephen; Toerien, Rene; Luft, Julie
  • Publication Type: Journal Article, Academic Journal

Prevalence and predictors of out-of-field teaching in the first five years

  • Authors: Nixon, Ryan Stephen; Luft, Julie; Ross, Richard
  • Publication Type: Journal Article, Academic Journal

Secondary Science Teachers’ Subject Matter Knowledge Development Across the First 5 Years

  • Authors: Nixon, Ryan Stephen; Hill, Kathleen; Luft, Julie
  • Publication Type: Journal Article, Academic Journal

Effects of subject-area degree and classroom experience on new chemistry teachers’ subject matter knowledge

  • Authors: Nixon, Ryan Stephen; Campbell, Benjamin; Luft, Julie
  • Publication Type: Journal Article, Academic Journal

Undergraduate student construction and interpretation of graphs in physics lab activities

  • Authors: Nixon, Ryan Stephen; Godfrey, T.J.; Mayhew, Nicholas; Wiegert, Craig
  • Publication Type: Journal Article, Academic Journal

Teaching chemistry with a biology degree: Crosscutting concepts as boundary objects

  • Authors: Nixon, Ryan Stephen; Luft, Julie
  • Publication Type: Book, Chapter/ Section in Scholarly Book

Teaching multiple modes of representation in middle school science classrooms: Impact on student learning and multimodal use

  • Authors: Nixon, Ryan Stephen; Smith, Leigh Knight; Wimmer, Jennifer J
  • Publication Type: Journal Article, Academic Journal

A comparison of TIMSS items using cognitive domains

  • Authors: Nixon, Ryan Stephen; Barth, Katie
  • Publication Type: Journal Article, Academic Journal