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Randy Yerrick

Professor of Learning and Instruction
University at Buffalo Graduate School of Education


STEM education; science and technology literacy; teacher education; equity and diversity in education

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Randy Yerrick is an expert on the teaching of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

His research focuses on the development of scientific discourse among K-12 students in a context of perpetual STEM reform. He conducts sociocultural research to examine learning in science classrooms, with an emphasis on engaging students with histories of academic failure.

He also studies teachers’ beliefs and practices regarding STEM innovations and their impact on today’s youth. His work has demonstrated that transformative and culturally relevant pedagogy, along with mobile technology, live data collection and citizen science approaches can engage marginalized students for improved STEM expertise.

Among other projects, Yerrick has investigated how engineers in higher education can improve their pedagogy for better retention of underrepresented minorities in STEM.


Randy Yerrick, PhD
Professor of Learning and Instruction
Associate Dean for Interprofessional Education and Engagement

University at Buffalo Graduate School of Education