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Senior Researcher, Center for Technology in Learning
Christopher Harris, Ph.D., is a senior researcher in science education in SRI International’s Center for Technology in Learning. His research focuses on the design, implementation, and study of instructional innovations in K-12 classrooms and informal science contexts. Of central interest is the design and research of curricula and assessments that capitalize on innovative technologies, align with the shifting policy context in science education, and make learning accessible for students of diverse backgrounds and abilities.
At SRI, he conducts implementation design research in science education and has been involved in developing scalable approaches to addressing new standards in science through curricula and assessments that help teachers engage their students in using scientific practices to develop complex thinking and reasoning. His research often involves collaborative work in real-world educational settings for the purpose of informing both research and practice. Harris’ recent publications have addressed science education policy, science assessment, design-based implementation research, science teaching practice, and authenticity in science education.
Previously, Harris was an assistant professor of science education at the University of Arizona. He completed his graduate work at the University of Michigan, where he conducted learning sciences-based research within the Center for Highly Interactive Classrooms, Curricula and Computing in Education. Prior to his career in educational research, Harris was an elementary school teacher and taught in schools in Hawaii and Northern California.