Santa Clara University

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Phone: 408-551-6040
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Room number: 120 L

Marco Bravo, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Education

Marco A. Bravo, Ph.D., received his bachelor's degree from Santa Clara University (1994) and received a Masters in Education in Human Development and Psychology from the Harvard Graduate School of Education (1995) where he conducted research in the areas of bilingualism and early childhood reading development. In 2003 Bravo completed his doctoral studies at the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Education in Language, Literacy and Culture. While at UC Berkeley, Bravo was a researcher on several national research projects, including the Science Instruction For All (SIFA) and the Responsive Learning Communities projects. He was a Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Lawrence Hall of Science where he authored several children's science trade books as part of a research and curriculum development project aimed at testing the possibilities and limits of science and literacy integration.

His current research is funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Education's Institute of Education Sciences and the National Science Foundation. This quasi-experimental design project probes pre-service teacher dispositions toward teaching science to diverse learners, particularly English Learners. This work is being conducted through the Center for Research on Education Diversity and Excellence (CREDE).

Bravo has presented his research at state, national and international conferences, including the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) , American Educational Research Association (AERA), International Reading Association (IRA), and the World Congress on Reading. His latest publication is a chapter titled Teaching Vocabulary Through Text and Experience in Content Areas.

Recent publication:

  • Leveraging Spanish-speaking EL?s native language to access science. National Clearinghouse for English Language Acquisition, 3, 21-23. Marco Bravo, M. A. (2011).