Sandra K. AbellProfessor, science education
Studies how children and adults learn science (or do not learn science) and how teacher preparation can be improved by this knowledge. Won a national science teaching award in 1988 and a Purdue award for innovative teaching in 1991.
David C. EichingerAssociate professor, science education
Studies the role of collaborative problem solving in students' understanding of science concepts. Teaches courses about teaching biology at the elementary and secondary levels and the philosophy of science in science education.
Carolyn M. JagacinskiAssociate professor, psychological sciences
Researches motivation and behavioral decision-making. Has found that learning is maximized when conditions of training promote task involvement, and that ego-involving conditions draw attention away from the task, interfering with learning, especially for those who perceive their ability to be low.
Ronald E. JohnsonProfessor, educational psychology and psychological sciences
Researches text processing and remembering. Recent topics of investigation include retrieval clues and text memory, aging and memory for prose, response bias in remembering prose, holistic forgetting, and qualitative distortions in the remembering of prose.
Margo A. MastropieriProfessor, special education
Nationally recognized authority on learning disabilities. Research focuses on learning and memory of students with mild disabilities, as well as effective teaching and mainstreaming strategies. Is co-editor of the journal Advances in Learning and Behavioral Disabilities and is on editorial boards of seven other journals on special education and educational psychology. Was the 1994 Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award winner in the School of Education.
Sidney M. MoonAssociate professor, educational psychology
Director, Gifted Education Resource Institute
Studies talent development, gifted education, learning and instruction, classroom dynamics, family psychology, and research design. Research has focused on development and evaluation of programs for talented students; the characteristics of gifted children who also have learning disabilities or attention deficit disorder; and talent development across the lifespan. Is a member of the executive board of the research and evaluation division of the National Association for Gifted Children.
Timothy J. Newby
Professor, educational computing and instructional design
Studies motivational factors in instructional design and development, develops strategies to incorporate intrinsic motivation into instruction.
Dale H. Schunk
Professor, educational psychology
Nationally recognized expert on motivation. Researches the effects of social and instructional factors on students' cognitive processes, learning, self-regulation and motivation, with special emphasis on the application of social cognitive learning theory. Teaches human learning and motivation, psychology of learning and psychological foundations for teaching. Has written two textbooks and edited three others.
Daniel P. ShepardsonAssociate professor, science education
Researches the relationship between student interactions, thinking and problem solving, and the construction of science knowledge by elementary and middle-school students. Specifically, studies how student interactions influence students' use of thinking skills, problem-solving strategies and the construction of scientific meaning. Is editor of the Journal of Computers in Mathematics and Science Teaching and associate editor of the Journal of Research in Science Teaching.
Peter J. UrcuioliProfessor, animal learning and memory
Research in experimental psychology focuses on basic processes of learning and memory in animals. Current projects include the study of expectancies and the anticipation of future behavior in animals, and how animals form concepts despite the absence of language.
Terry L. WoodAssociate professor, elementary mathematics education
Specializes in elementary mathematics education, specifically in teacher education and the interrelationship of teaching and learning mathematics in elementary school classrooms.
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