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Krista Larsen

K-12 Education and Evaluation Associate
Science Education Resource Center at Carleton College
klarsen at

What I Do

The bulk of my work consists of project evaluation but I also maintain the K-12 educators' portal and support various web and professional development projects.

Evaluation work

The evaluation projects I work on tend to involve mixed quantitative and qualitative methods. I am particularly interested in conducting interview studies and I am involved in all areas of this work- writing interview protocols, conducting interviews, analyzing qualitative data and generating reports of findings. I have conducted interview studies for a wide variety of projects. Some of the interview projects I have been involved in have focused on interviewing the following groups of individuals to address a wide range of goals:

Evaluation Examples

Teaching with Data: Pathway to Quantitative Literacy in the Social Sciences

Go to /sp/library/qr/index.html
This program evaluation and educational research study combined many facets of program evaluation. The work that I was involved with on this project entailed:
  • Planning, conducting, and analyzing several concurrent interview studies involving program leadership social science faculty
  • Analyzing portions of a large nationwide survey of social science faculty
  • Aiding in the completion of a website usability study for the website
  • Performing a needs assessment resulting in identification of a website target audience and new website content. Some needs which were indicated were then met with the following website content:

Direct Measurement Videos

Go to /dmvideos/index.html
The PIs of this project are creating videos in which measurements can be taken in order to complete calculations typically taught in physics courses. I was involved in a first-phase assessment of this new pedagogical approach. I analyzed responses given during a walkthrough of a Direct Measurement Video and a similar word-and-picture style problem that used student learning to suggest areas of strengths and weaknesses with the videos and to recommend future assessment approaches.

Website and professional development support

Website and professional development support that I am involved in tend to focus on STEM disciplines outside of the geosciences and projects geared toward K-12 pre- and in-service teachers. My interests in website work focus on:

Website Examples

Go to /k12/index.html
K-12 portal: A portal to SERC's resources for K-12 science teachers

I developed the K-12 portal in 2010 with the goal of presenting and re-framing resources originally written for undergraduate faculty for K12 educators. The portal contains pedagogic approaches and teaching resources that are appropriate for K-8 and 9-12 educators.

Go to /dig_blueprints/index.html
DIG Texas Blueprints

The goal of this project is to present an entire course worth of existing online materials to 12th grade Earth Science educators. The materials presented would address the NGSS for Earth Science teaching and each standard in the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills for Earth Science standards. I assisted project leadership by designing the website for maximum usability of teachers creating materials during workshops and independent work meetings as well as throughout piloting the materials in classrooms.

Professional Development Example

Go to /integrate/workshops/methods2012/index.html
Workshop support - Teaching the Methods of Geoscience, 2012

Support for professional development opportunities occurs from the time a workshop is conceived, through the planning and management of participants, and on to the actual event where technical support is given. One workshop I provided this support for was geared toward assisting faculty who teach pre-service teachers in addressing how the methods a geoscientist uses to seek information and form conclusions differs from other scientists.

Education & Background

I began working for SERC in the fall of 2010. Before working for SERC, I was a middle and high school science teacher for 4 years. I taught Physics, Physical Science, Environmental Science, and Biology at levels ranging from general courses to AP/IB courses. Prior to teaching, I worked as an educational researcher for Colorado State University, a conservation educator in forestry for Colorado State University Extension, and as a water quality educator for Utah State University Extension. I enjoy learning new skills and am always thinking of ways to incorporate my background in education to my work.

One of my contributed activities, Greenhouse Effect Lab, was awarded an 'exemplary' rating by an On the Cutting Edge review panel.

Publications and Presentations


Ryker, Katherine, Iverson, Ellen, Bruckner, Monica Z., McConnell, David, Manduca, Cathryn, and Larsen, Krista. Connecting Beliefs to Action: How Geoscience Faculty Perceptions of Their Professional Environment Impact Teaching. GSA Abstract #249563 - 2014 GSA Annual Meeting in Vancouver, British Columbia (19–22 October 2014)

Monica Z Bruckner, O'Connell, K., McDaris, J., Kirk, K., Larsen, K., Kent, M., Manduca, C., Egger, A., Blockstein, D., Mogk, D., Taber, J. Infusing Sustainability Across Disciplines to Build Student Engagement. 2014 Fall Meeting, AGU, San Francisco, Calif., 15-19 Dec.


Larsen, K, Kirk, K B, Manduca, C A, Ledley, T S, Schmitt, L. The SERC K12 Educators Portal to Teaching Activities and Pedagogic Approaches. Abstract ED53A-0628 presented at 2013 Fall Meeting, AGU, San Francisco, Calif., 9-13 Dec. Abstract

Ellins, Katherine K., Serpa, Laura F., Riggs, Eric M., Pennington, Deana, Fox, Sean P., Larsen, Krista, Ledley, Tamara, Mosher, Sharon, Miller, Kate C., and Stocks, Eric. DIG Texas Earth and Space Science Instructional Blueprints. Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, 2013 Vol. 45, No. 7, p. 65


Iverson, E.,McMartin, F., Morgan, G., Morrill, J., Larsen, K. Evaluating Faculty and Student Use of Digital Resources for Teaching and Learning. Evaluation 2012: American Evaluation Association Annual Meeting. Minneapolis, MN.

Bruckner, M. Z.; Larsen, K.; Buhr, S. M.; Kirk, K. B.; Ledley, T. S.; Manduca, C. A.; Mogk, D. W.; Savina, M. E.; Tewksbury, B. J. On-line Resources for Teaching Sustainability. American Geophysical Union, Fall Meeting 2012, Abstract #ED53F-0947

O'Connell, Kristin, Monica Z. Bruckner, Susan M. Buhr, David C. Gosselin, Karin B. Kirk, Krista Larsen, Tamara Shapiro Ledley, Cathryn A. Manduca, David W. Mogk, and Katryn Wiese (2012) Sustainability and Climate Change Teaching Resources. Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs. Vol. 44, No. 7, p. 371 Abstract

McDaris, John R., Larsen, Krista, Baer, Eric M.D., Bledgett, Robert H., Hodder, Jan, MacDonald, R. Heather, Van Der Hoeven, J. Katrien, Maier, Mark, Online Resources for Geoscience Instructors at Two-Year Colleges. Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs. 2012 Vol. 44, No. 7, p.431 (Abstract)


Larsen, Krista (2011). Data in the Classroom: Lab data helps clear the air when studying climate change, In the Trenches: the news magazine of the National Association of Geoscience Teachers, Vol. 1, No. 1.

Larsen, Krista, Peter H. Bohacek, Karin B. Kirk, Cathryn A. Manduca, Tamara Shapiro Ledley, and Lee Schmitt (2011). K-12 Science: A New SERC Portal to Classroom Activities and Pedagogic Guidance. Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, Vol. 43, No. 5, p. 536. (Abstract)