Larry Burton

Larry Burton

Larry Burton

Title: Professor of Curriculum & Instruction
Editor, Journal of Research on Christian Education

Office Location: Bell Hall 012B
Phone: (269) 471-6674

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Ph.D., Andrews University
M.Ed., Southwestern Adventist College
B.S., Andrews University


Larry Burton, a native of Arkansas, is married to Pamela (Gustafson) and the father of two adult children – Danielle and Jeremy. Burton worked 13 years as an elementary educator, specializing in science education. After completing his PhD he worked 7 years in teacher education at Andrews, including a 4-year term as department chair. Since 2002 he has worked in the Curriculum & Instruction (C&I) graduate programs. He currently serves as editor of the Journal of Research on Christian Education in addition to his teaching and administrative duties in C&I. In his free time he enjoys writing poetry and stories, traveling, spending time outdoors, and running marathons.

Current Research or Professional Activities

Current Research Interests (2008)
Principal Investigator: Uncovering Antecendents of STEM Success at Andrews University, CCLI grant funded by the National Science Foundation [NSF] ($54,112), mixed-methods evaluation (grounded theory and secondary analysis)

Evaluator, Behavioral Neuroscience Program at Andrews University, NSF-funded STEP Grant ($496,000) (in tandem with "Uncovering Antecendents"), mixed-methods evaluation research (grounded theory and secondary analysis)

Profile Study series, an on-going evaluation of curriculum and instruction for the Seventh-day Adventist schools in Bermuda, Canada, and the United States, mixed-methods evaluation

Development of the Growing Disciples Curriculum ($4000 General Conference grant), educational design research

Student perceptions of the integration of faith and learning in Christian higher education, grounded theory research

Christian perspectives in curriculum theory, critical and hermeneutical research