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 Linfield College
Department of Education

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Steven Bernhisel - Associate Professor, Secondary Education Coordinator

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BS, Brigham Young University; MEd, PhD, Utah State University.

Academic Interests:
Preservice teacher training, science education, misconceptions relating to biology, educational technology


  • National Science Teachers Association Convention, New Orleans, LA, Nov. 2011, “Using Electricity in the Elementary Science Classroom.”

  • National Science Teachers Association Convention, Baltimore, MD, Nov. 2010,
    "Electrify your Elementary Science Lessons”

  • National Science Teachers Association Convention, St. Louis, MO, March 2007,
    "Science Inquiry for Preservice Elementary Teachers”

  • National Science Teachers Association Convention, Denver, CO, Nov. 2007,
    "Using Technology to Enhance Elementary Science Instruction.”

  • National Science Teachers Association Convention, Anaheim, CA, April 2006,
    "Using Water to Teach Elementary Science Concepts.”

  • National Science Teachers Association Convention, Chicago, IL, Nov. 2005,
    "Misconceptions of the Concept of Energy.”

  • EDUCAUSE Convention, Denver, CO. October 2004.  “One Institution's Assessment” Faculty vs. Student Expectations of Information Literacy Knowledge and Skills.”

  • Oregon Science Teachers Association Convention, Salem, OR, October 2004,
    "Science Inquiry Outside of the Classroom”

  • National Science Teachers Association Convention, Atlanta, GA, April 2004,
    “Extending Investigative Science Beyond the Elementary Classroom.”

  • Valentine, B. & Bernhisel, S. (2008) Teens and Their Technologies in High School and College: Implications for Teaching and Learning, Journal of Academic Librarianship. 34(6), 502-512

  • Bernhisel, S., J. Caspers,  (2007) What Do Freshmen Really Know about Research? Assess Before You Teach, Research Strategies 20, 458-468

  • Bernhisel, S.  (2004) An Assessment of Sixth Grade Students’ Conceptions of Energy. The Oregon Science Teacher, 46(1), 11-21

A Little About Me

Hometown:  Fort Bragg, California

Hobbies: I love to run (completed 12 marathons), travel, hike, cook

Favorite People: My wife Donna (Ph.D. Oregon State University) and my four kids - Sam, Drew, Reed and Claire..... and of course, my charming Linfield students!

Favorite Books: To Kill a Mockingbird, A Short History of Nearly Everything, The Professor and the Madman, Mrs Katz and Tush

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