Fordham University            The Jesuit University of New York

Division of Curriculum and Teaching

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John Craven, Ph.D.

Graduate School of Education
Fordham University
Division of Curriculum and Teaching
113 West 60th Street, Room 1102
New York, New York 10023


Phone: 212-636-6450


Dr. John Craven is Associate Professor of Education.  He has an earned Ph.D. from the University of Iowa in Science Education; an M.S. in Geology from the University of Memphis; a B.S. in Education from Memphis State University, and a B.S. in Animal Science from the University of Connecticut.   He has a broad set of experiences working with youth in such settings as Covenant House, the Peace Corps as a volunteer in Tunisia, the Memphis Pink Palace Museum as a K-12 science specialist, and a high school teacher in Kolbe Cathedral High School (Bridgeport, CT).   His science research background includes having served as a research assistant for a small team of leading scientists at the Center for Earthquake Research and Information (CERI) examining the paleoseismic record in the New Madrid seismic zone (central United States).  His current work in science education focuses on helping new science teachers develop understandings and skills for teaching the subject through inquiry in urban schools.  Dr. Craven is also Principal Investigator for the NSF-funded program, Fordham University/Wildlife Conservation Society Robert Noyce Scholarship Program.  This program provides scholarships for qualified science majors and science professionals seeking a career change in education (TO READ MORE ABOUT THE SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM CLICK HERE).

For information on the Fordham University programs in science education (including Adolescence Biology Education, Adolescence Chemistry Education, Earth Science Education, and Physics Education as well as middle school extensions for science teachers) or for information regarding FUNDING/SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES FOR SCIENCE EDUCATORS, Dr. Craven suggests emailing him at

Academic Background
Ph.D., The University of Iowa
M.S., The University of Memphis
B.S., Memphis State University 
B.S., University of Connecticut

Research Interests
Science Teacher Beliefs; Critical Literacy in Science Education; Science Teaching and Learning

Recent Scholarship
Recent Journal Articles

Farenga, S., Ness, D. & Craven, J. (2008). Water Harvesting, Part II: Working toward being green. Science Scope, March, 2008.

Farenga, S., Ness, D. & Craven, J. (2008). Water Harvesting, Part I. Science Scope, January, 2008. 58–62.

Craven, J . & Hogan, T.M. (2006). Beachcombing for Fossils. Science Scope, 30 (2), 66-69.

Hogan, T.M., & Craven, J. (2005). Invasive species in your backyard: What you need to know about investigating the problems of space invaders. Science Scope, 29 (3), 62-64.


Craven, J. & Hogan, T.M. (2010). Resisting an unbecoming science. In D. Moss and T. Osborn (Eds.), Resistance in Education (pp. 201222). New York: Peter Lang.

Craven, J. (2010). Thoughts from a Parent and Educator. Preface in Farenga, S., Ness, D., Johnson, B. & Johnson, D., The Importance of Average. Lanham, Maryland: Rowman & Littlefield (pp xv-xix).

Hogan, T.M. & Craven, J. (2008). Disempowering The Authority of Science: Preparing Students for a Public Voice. Chapter in L. Wallowitz (Ed.), Reading As Resistance: Critical Literacies Across the Curriculum. New York, NY: Peter Lang (pp65-84).

Craven, J. & Hogan, T. (2007). Science literacy, media literacy, and the Internet: Change forces in the United States and the People’s Republic of China. Book chapter in F. Blumberg (Ed.), When East meets West: Media research and practice in US and China. Cambridge Scholars Publishing, UK.

Recent Grant Activities

National Science Foundation: 2010, $967,000, Craven, J. (PI), Fordham University/Wildlife Conservation Society Robert Noyce Scholarship Program (MORE INFORMATION)


Courses Taught

CTGE 5242  Teaching Science and Technology to Children

CTGE 5631 Science Curriculum and Instruction

CTGE 5271 Teaching and Assessing Science

CTGE 6260 Media and Technology in Science and Mathematics

CTGE 5275 Integrating Math, Science and Technology

CTGE 5308 Student Teaching Adolescents: Research and Reflective Practice

CTGE 6195 Theories and Practice of Curriculum and Teaching

CTGE 5634 Community Resources for Science Education

Professional Specialties

Project WET, Trainer

Project Wild/Aquatic Wild Trainer

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