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Barbara Schneider

Professor of Education and Sociology, Michigan State University, Michigan State University

Barbara Schneider is the John A. Hannah University Distinguished Professor in the College of Education and the Department of Sociology. Her research focuses on how the social contexts of schools and families influence the academic and social well-being of adolescents as they move into adulthood. Schneider has worked on the development of research methods for the measurement of real-time learning experiences in context. She is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the National Academy of Education, the American Educational Research Association, and a member of the Finnish Academy of Science and Letters and has a Honorary Doctor of Philosophy degree from the University of Helsinki. She is the principal investigator of Crafting Engagement in Science Environments, an international high school study that tests the impact of Project-Based Learning on student academic, social and emotional factors in science classes. She also serves as the co-principal investigator of a similar initiative examining Project-Based Learning in science at the elementary school level. Professor Schneider has published 19 books and more than 150 articles and reports on family, social contexts of schooling and sociology of knowledge, most recently Learning Science published by Yale University Press.


  • –present
    John A. Hannah University Distinguished Professor Michigan State University , Michigan State University


  • 1979 
    Northwestern University , PhD