Catherine Matthews

Teacher Education and Higher Education (TEHE) Department 
Catherine Matthews

Professor Emerita
Office: 406 SOE Building 

Research Interest

K-12 Science Education, Environmental Education, Natural History, Conservation Education


  • Ph.D. in Curriculum & Instruction (Science Education), University of Kansas
  • M.A. in Curriculum & Instruction (Science Education), University of Kansas
  • B.S. in General Sciences, Oregon State University


Dr. Matthews has served as the Principal Investigator on The HERP Project (NSF) and Slip Slidin’ Away (Burroughs Wellcome) for the past 10 years. She led or co-led many elementary education Professional Development School teams at UNCG with a focus on Science & Environmental Education. Her doctoral student graduates serve on faculties at Guilford College, Belmont Abbey, Elon, Coastal Carolina and Georgia Southern University. Dr. Matthews has published extensively in NSTA periodicals, the American Biology Teacher, Science Activities and Green Teacher. Her research studies have been reported in JRST, International Journal of Science Education and the Journal of EE.

Link to Dr. Matthews’ CV



Ruyani, A., Affiani, E., Sufyerny, F., Suryana, & Matthews, C. (2015). Green Teachers & Brown Rivers: How to Conduct an Environmental Research Project. Green Teacher 106, 27 – 30.

Ash, M., Carlone, H., & Matthews, C. (accepted). “Almost a herpetologist.” The iterative influence of four Lumbee male high schools students on an informal summer herpetological research field experience. Journal of American Indian Education.

Carlone, H.B., Huffling, L.D., Hegedus, T., Tomasek, T., Matthews, C., Allen, M., & Ash, M. (accepted). “Unthinkable selves”: Identity boundary work in a summer field ecology enrichment program for diverse youth. International Journal of Science Education.

Matthews, C., Kurtts, S., & Allen, M. (2014). Universal Design for Learning with Elementary Science. Teacher Education Journal of South Carolina. Retrieved from

Huffling, L., Tomasek, T., Matthews, C., Benavides, A., Carlone, H., & Hegedus, T. (2014). Using mobile devices in field science. The Science Teacher 81 (7), 35 – 40.

Matthews, C., Huffling, L., & Benavides, A. (2014). The Ins & Outs of Developing a Field Based Science Project: Learning by Lassoing Lizards. The American Biology Teacher 76 (5), 320 – 326.


Matthews, C. (2006). The Cricket Chronicles, Teacher’s Edition & Student Edition. Scarecrow Press.

Somers, A., & Matthews, C. (2006). The Box Turtle Connection: A Guide to the Natural World. Published by the authors and available online at