Dr. Xavier Fazio

Professor (EdD), Department of Educational Studies

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Dr. Xavier Fazio, Faculty of Education, Brock University

St. Catharines, ON
Office: WH 368
905 688 5550 x5209

Dr. Xavier Fazio is a Professor of Education at Brock University. He holds an Ed.D. (2005) in Curriculum and Instruction with a focus on science education from OISE/University of Toronto. He is a certified biology and environmental science teacher and has an honours Bachelor of Science degree in biology and chemistry. Dr. Fazio is also a core member of the Environmental Sustainability Research Centre (ESRC) at Brock University.

Professor Fazio’s research broadly focuses on science and environmental sustainability education, teacher education and development, curricular innovation, instruction and assessment in science education. His research in Canada also connects to partnerships with researchers in the US, European Union, Brazil, and Australia. Dr. Fazio’s research has been supported with funding from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSRHC), and various government agencies, industry, and educational associations. Currently, as principal investigator, he is leading a multi-year Insight Grant from SSHRC examining how to connect school science to local communities using place-based perspectives to better promote meaningful engagement for science students.

He currently is serving as Associate Editor for Journal of Science Teacher Education and is an active reviewer for numerous education journals.

Professor Fazio’s has taught courses in science teacher education and environmental education for preservice teachers, and graduate education courses in learning, cognition and science curriculum.

  • Innovative curriculum, instruction and assessment in science
  • Systems theory in education
  • Science and environmental education (K­16)
  • Teacher education and development
  • Teacher cognition
  • Curriculum studies
  • Complexity and systems theory and its application in education
  • American Education Research Association (AERA)
  • Association for Science Teacher Education (ASTE)
  • Canadian Society for the Study of Education (CSSE)
  • Environmental Education and Communication (EECOM)
  • European Science Education Research Association (ESERA)
  • International Organization for Science and Technology Education (IOSTE)
  • National Association for Research in Science Teaching (NARST)
  • National Science Teachers’ Association (NSTA)
  • North American Association for Research in Environmental Education (NAAEE)
  • Science Teachers’ Association of Ontario (STAO)

Books and chapters:

Fazio, X., & Steele, A. (forthcoming). Ontario science education. In Science education in Canada: (25 pages). Dordrecht, NLD: Springer Publications.

Volante, L., DeLuca, C., & Fazio, X. (forthcoming). Assessment in secondary education in Canada. In M. T. Tatto & I. Menter (Eds.), Bloomsbury Education and Childhood Studies. New York, NY: Bloomsbury Publishing.

Volante, L., & Fazio, X. (2017). PISA, policy, and global educational governance. In L. Volante (Ed.), The PISA Effect on Global Educational Governance (pp. 3-14). New York & London: Routledge.

Gallagher, T. L., & Fazio, X. (2017). Design-based research: Professional learning and curricular integration. Sage Research Methods Cases Education. Sage Publications. Online: http://dx.doi.org/10.4135/9781526419361.

Karrow, D., DiGiuseppe, M., Elliott, P., Fazio, X., & Inwood, H. (2017). Initial teacher environmental education capacities: What is the role of Ontario’s faculties of education? In What Should Canada’s Teachers Know? Teacher Capacities: Knowledge, Beliefs and Skills (pp.162-191). Canadian Association for Teacher Education (CATE) polygraph.

Fazio, X., & Karrow, D. (2015). The Commonplaces of Schooling and Citizen Science. In Michael P. Mueller, Deborah J. Tippins, and Arthur J. Stewart (Eds.). EcoJustice, Citizen Science and Youth Activism Situated Tensions for Science Education (pp. 179-192)Dordrecht, NLD: Springer Publications. 

Fazio. X., & Volante, L. (2015). Practicum/School Experience/Field Work. R. Gunstone (Ed.) Encyclopedia of Science Education (pp. 764-766). Springer Publications. ISBN: 978-94-007-2149-4

Fazio, X., & Karrow, D. (2013). From local observations to global relationships. In Michael P. Mueller, Deborah J. Tippins, and Arthur J. Stewart (Eds.), Assessing Schools for Generation R (Responsibility): A Guide to Legislation and School Policy in Science Education Dordrecht, NLD: Springer Publications (pp. 333-346).

Papers in peer-refereed journals:

Fazio, X., & Gallagher, T. (2018). Bridging professional teacher knowledge for science and literary integration via design-based research. Teacher Development, 22(2), 267-280.

DeCoito, I., & Fazio, X. (2017). Developing case studies in teacher education: Spotlighting socioscientific issues. Innovations in Science Teacher Education, 2(1). Online: http://innovations.theaste.org/developing-case-studies-in-teacher-education-spotlighting-socioscientific-issues/

Volante, L., Fazio, X., & Ritzen, J. (2017). The OECD and educational policy reform: International surveys, governance, and policy evidence. Canadian Journal of Educational Administration and Policy, 184, 34-48. https://journalhosting.ucalgary.ca/index.php/cjeap

Gallagher, T., Fazio, X., & Ciampa, K. (2017). A comparison of readability in science-based texts: Implications for elementary teachers. Canadian Journal of Education. 40(1), 29 pages.

Thompson, D. S., Fazio, X., Kustra, E., Patrick, L., & Stanley, D. (2016). Scoping review of complexity theory in health services research. BMC Health Services Research16(1), 87. DOI 10.1186/s12913-016-1343-4.

Karrow, D., & Fazio, X. (2015). Curricular critique of an environmental education policy framework: ‘Acting today, Shaping tomorrow’. Brock Education: A Journal of Educational Research and Practice 24(2).  https://brock.scholarsportal.info/journals/brocked/home/article/view/404

Fazio, X., & Karrow, D. (2014). Exploring the professional characteristics and contexts of school-based EE ‘leaders’. Alberta Journal of Educational Research. 59(4), 613-629.

Garcia, P.S., Bizzo, N., & Fazio, X. (2014). Desafios da formação contínua a distância para professores de ciências. Revista Iberoamericana de Educación a Distancia, (17), 37-57.

Melville, W., Campbell, A., Fazio, X., Stefanile, A. & Tkaczyk, N. (2014). Problematizing the practicum to integrate practical knowledge. Research in Science Education, 44(5), 751-775.

Fazio, X., & Gallagher, T. (2013). Morphological development levels of science content vocabulary: Implications for science-based texts in elementary classrooms. International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education. DOI: 10.1007/s10763-013-9470-4

Fazio, X., & Karrow, D. (2013). Negotiating the constraints of schools: Environmental education practices within a school district. Environmental Education Research 19(5), 639-655.

Articles in professional journals: 

Gallagher, T., & Fazio, X. (2017). All students can read to learn science! Resources, Learning Disabilities Association of Ontario. Online: https://www.ldatschool.ca/literacy/learn-science/

Fazio, X. (2016, March). Science learning with/in communities. Education Canada 56(1). Available: http://www.cea-ace.ca/education-canada/article/science-learning-and-communities

Fazio, X., & Karrow, D. (2013, June). ‘Science Takes a Back Seat’: An unintended consequence of prioritizing literacy and numeracy achievement. Education Canada 53(3). Available: http://www.cea-ace.ca/education-canada/article/science-takes-back-seat

Technical reports: 

Fazio, X., & Jaipal-Jamani, K. (2018). Science Teachers’ Association of Ontario Project Innovation- Final report: February.


Fazio, X. (2015). An interpretive review of innovation skills and science learning environments: Implications for our knowledge economy. Policy report prepared for the Ministry of Training, Colleges, and University (MTCU), Toronto, ON. March

  • (2018-2022) Social Science and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Insight Grant. Promoting meaningful engagement in school science: Connecting school science to local communities ($90000) – Principal investigator.
  • (2014-2015) Ministry of Training, Colleges, and University (MTCU) Ontario Human Capital Research and Innovation Fund (OHCRIF). An Interpretive Review of Innovation Skills and Science Learning Environments: Implications for our Knowledge Economy ($16000)- Principal Investigator.
  • (2015-2018) Science Teachers’ Association of Ontario (STAO) program evaluation of Project Innovation professional development program – Principal investigator with Dr. Kamini Jaipal-Jamani (contract).
  • (2013-2016) Social Science and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Insight Development Grant. Digital Texts to Enhance Science Vocabulary and Comprehension ($60000)- Co-investigator with Dr. Tiffany Gallagher.
  • (2010-2012) Social Science and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Standard Research Grant. Researching environmental literacy practices in schools: Implications for educational practice and policy ($21000)- Principal investigator with Dr. Doug Karrow.
  • EDBE 8F79: Science-Biology, Intermediate/Senior (Part I)
  • EDBE 8F80: Science-General Science, Intermediate/Senior (Part 1)
  • EDBE 8P88: Science-Biology, Intermediate/Senior (Part II)
  • EDBE 8Y06: Environmental Education in Secondary Schools
  • EDUC 8L09: Professional Practices for Certification
  • EDUC 5P48: Science in the Curriculum (graduate)
  • EDUC 5P32: Learning and the Mind (graduate)