Kim Kastens

Science and Mathematics Programs

Distinguished Scholar/Principal Scientist

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Tel: 617-618-2506

Mailing Address:

43 Foundry Avenue
Waltham, Massachusetts 02453-8313

Kim Kastens brings more than 20 years of experience as a natural scientist and extensive expertise in deepening understanding of the Earth and environment through teaching, curriculum development, professional development, and research on learning. She seeks to advance effective, wide-reaching, systems-oriented, interdisciplinary science education that prepares citizens to address complex and intertwined environmental challenges.

Kastens oversees a portfolio of work across a wide range of areas in science education. She is the Principal Investigator of two initiatives funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) Research and Evaluation on Education in Science and Engineering (REESE) program: Making Meaning of Geoscience Data: A Challenge at the Intersection of Geosciences and Cognitive Sciences and Bridging the Gap Between Tabletop Models and the Earth System. She is also examining how spatial thinking is used and assessed in high school science instruction.

A 2009 recipient of the American Geophysical Union’s national Award for Excellence in Geophysical Education, Kastens serves on the Advisory Boards of the American Museum of Natural History Masters of Arts in Teaching Geosciences program and the Oceans of Data project. (Read blog posts by Kastens about building students' data literacy skills and scaffolding students' exploration of data.)

Kastens collaborates with Teachers College of Columbia University, the Spatial Intelligence Learning Center (based at Temple University), the Program Evaluation and Research Center of Lesley University, the Science Education Resources Center (based at Carleton College), and other partners in the InTeGrate collaborative.

Her books and journal articles address tectonic and sedimentary Earth processes and thinking and learning in science education. Recent works include: Earth & Mind II: A Synthesis of Research on Thinking and Learning in the Geosciences, Earth Science Puzzles: Making Meaning from Data, “Developing a Construct-Based Assessment to Examine Students’ Analogical Reasoning Around Physical Models in Earth Science” (in Journal of Research in Science Teaching), and "Multiple Modes of Inquiry in Earth Science" (in The Science Teacher).

Before joining EDC, Kastens served as a Lamont Research Professor at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University. She received her BA in Geology & Geophysics from Yale University and her PhD in Oceanography from Scripps Institution of Oceanography.