Johnson, Bruce P.

Bruce P. Johnson, Ph.D.

Ph.D., University of New Mexico

• Department Head
• Professor

Primary affiliation: Teaching, Learning & Sociocultural Studies

All associated units:
Teaching Learning & Sociocultural Studies

Room: 512

Bruce Johnson is Professor of Environmental Learning and Science Education and department head of Teaching, Learning and Sociocultural Studies at the University of Arizona. Dr. Johnson has a PhD in Education Psychology with a minor in Science Education and a MS in Environmental Education. He was previously an elementary and middle school teacher in Arizona and New Mexico and director of outdoor schools in New Mexico and Australia.

Dr. Johnson’s current research includes the teaching and learning of ecological concepts, development of environmental perceptions and actions, curriculum development, and teacher preparation. Dr. Johnson teaches in graduate programs in environmental learning and science education and teaches courses in research design and elementary science methods. He also serves as Director of the Earth Education Research and Evaluation (EERE) Team, which conducts research on children’s ecological understandings, environmental perceptions, and environmental actions and provides evaluation services to centers and schools offering educational programs related to the environment. The EERE Team has conducted projects throughout the United States and in Australia, China, Cyprus, Czech Republic, and Spain. 

As International Program Coordinator for The Institute for Earth Education (IEE), Dr. Johnson oversees the development and implementation of these programs and leads sessions on earth education around the world. IEE is an international, not-for-profit, educational organization that develops and disseminates earth education programs that are designed to help people live more harmoniously and joyously with the natural world. Several earth education programs, including Earthkeepers, Sunship Earth, Sunship III, Lost Treasures, and Rangers of the Earth, are being offered at dozens of centers in Australia, Canada, China, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Finland, Germany, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, New Zealand, United Kingdom, and United States. We are currently working with colleagues to bring the Earthkeepers program to Bolivia, Slovenia, and Sweden.

Dr. Johnson is currently Principal Investigator of a $2.21 million grant from the National Science Foundation for “Beyond Bridging: Co-Education of Preservice and Inservice Elementary Teachers in Science and Mathematics” (Award No. DRL-1019860), designing a new model for teacher preparation. He is also Principal Investigator of the Teachers in Industry program (formerly MASTER-IP), focused on keeping the best teachers in the profession while enhancing their ability to prepare their students for how science and math are used in the real world; Funded for four years by a grant from Science Foundation Arizona, Teachers in Industry is currently funded by Freeport McMoRan Copper & Gold Foundation through 100Kin10.

As Co-Director of the University of Arizona STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Learning Center, Dr. Johnson is working to create a regional STEM learning environment that redefines who is responsible for STEM learning, breaks the traditional boundaries of in-school learning, links university research, service and outreach with the real needs of K-12 education, and designs a STEM focus that reflects the needs of the region and the expertise of the partners. The Center brings together the STEM expertise, projects and resources of the University and community to ensure that all children in the region, even the most underserved, have access to high-quality STEM education from pre-K through university levels.


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