Brenda Capobianco

Brenda Capobianco



Professor Brenda Capobianco teaches Science Education in the Curriculum and Instruction Department at Purdue University. She’s also Affiliated Faculty in Women's Studies, and Courtesy Faculty of Engineering Education. Brenda has been awarded over $20M in a combination of external and internal grants, including several that were funded by the National Science Foundation, to emphasize the integration of engineering design in elementary science education.

She is a current, longstanding member of several professional organizations, including, but not limited to: National Association of Research in Science Teaching, where she is a Practitioner Research Ad-Hoc Committee Chair and Strand Coordinator; American Association of University Women; American Educational Research Association; Association for Science Teacher Education; Association for Gender Equity Leadership in Education; Collaborative Action Research Network; National Association of Research in Science Teaching; and National Science Teachers Association.


  • Ed.D, Science Education, Teacher Education and School Improvement, University of Massachusetts Amherst
  • M.S., General Science, Central Connecticut State University
  • B.S., Biology, University of Alaska-Fairbanks

Research Interests

  • Gender, culture, identity, and agency in science and science education
  • Applications of feminist pedagogies in science and engineering
  • Teacher-action and collaborative-action research, reflective practice, self-study practices
  • Qualitative research methods
  • Elementary science education

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