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Christopher J. Fry


Learning Sciences Research Institute


Building & Room:

1570 SSB


1240 W. Harrison St.



Research and Teaching Interests

Teacher Practice in Career and Technical Education


Workforce Learning

Year Entered Program



James Pellegrino


Arlington Heights, IL

Professional Goals

I am interested in facilitating teachers in Career and Technical Education (CTE) settings toward better incorporating their career-related expertise and experiences into their pedagogical practices. Ultimately, my goal is to support CTE students by helping them bridge what they learn in the classroom to authentic workplace practice.

Why Learning Sciences?

Learning Sciences looks at learning in a number of contexts through a number of theoretical perspectives and analytical lenses. For me, the Learning Sciences helped me engage with Career and Technical Education (CTE) in a way that expands on our understanding of CTE as a learning environment, incorporating the practices associated with the occupational fields CTE students are looking to enter, the institutions CTE is housed in, and also honoring the knowledge that CTE students bring into these spaces.

Why LSRI at UIC?

Chicago has a rich, and at times fraught, history of being a labor-class city. Often referred to as "City of the Big Shoulders", a reference to laborer's physique made in Carl Sandburg's poem "Chicago", this city has long documented and celebrated its working class.


B.A. DePaul University

Selected Presentations

Castro-Superfine, A., & Fry C. (2018) Looking Across Professions: Examining Teacher Practice. Invited speakers at the Learning Sciences Research Institute Speaker Series at University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL

Research Currently in Progress

Looking Across Professions - This study focuses on teaching practices in Career and Technical Education disciplines, such as automotive technology. The purpose of this study is to undertand the nature of the teaching practice of instructors in Automotive Technology courses at the community college level. By doing so, we can inform the deisgn of professional development programs for technical educators and the curricula of the courses they teach.

Fostering Student Agency and Distributed Mathematical Authority - This study looks to investigate shifts in teaching practices as teachers become adept at engaging students in mathematical discourse, and how those shifts correlate to changes in students’ mathematical discourse.