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Research

Research

  • TEACHING POSITIONS
  • 2015 - (current)

    Dorothy Bray Endowed Professor of Science and Teaching

  • 2012 to (current)

    Foundation Professor, MLF Teachers College, ASU

  • 2013-2015

    Director, Learning Sciences Institute, ASU

  • 2008-2010

    Professor, Psychology in Education, Graduate School of Education, Arizona State University (ASU)

  • 1996-2001

    Adjunct Faculty Member, Section of Medical Informatics, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center

  • 1994-1998

    Cognitive Program Chair, Department of Psychology, University of Pittsburgh

  • 1990-2008

    Professor of Psychology, Department of Psychology, University of Pittsburgh

  • 1977-2008

    Research Associate to Senior Scientist LRDC, University of Pittsburgh

  • 1975-1977

    Post-Doctoral Fellow, supervised by Prof. Robert Glaser, Learning Research and Development Center (LRDC), University of Pittsburgh

  • 1974-1975

    Post-Doctoral Trainee, The Experimental Group, supervised by Profs. Mike Posner & Steve Keele, Department of Psychology, University of Oregon

  • 1970-1974

    NIE Trainee, supervised by Prof. David Klahr, Cognitive Developmental Group, Dept. of Psychology, Carnegie Mellon University.

  • CURRENTLY ACTIVE GRANTS
  • 2015 – 2017

    Learning from Dialog versus Monolog Videos. M.T.H. Chi (P.I.), & Sara Brownell (co-PI), National Science Foundation, $249,995.

  • 2015 – 2019

    Teaching the Crosscutting Concept of Emergent Cause-and- Effect to Overcome Misconceptions. M.T.H. Chi (P.I.) & Joi Merritt (co-P.I.). Institute of Education Sciences, $1,456,431.

  • 2015 – 2019

    Developing and Revising Instructional Activities to Optimize Cognitive Engagement. M.T.H. Chi (P.I.) & Joi Merritt (co-P.I.). Institute of Education Sciences, $1,456,185.

  • GRANTS COMPLETED in 2015 and 2016
  • Learning from Observing Learning with Dynamic Simulations. M.T.H. Chi (P.I.), The Spencer Foundation Major Grant Program, Award No. 200800196, $500,000.

  • The ICAP Module: Guidelines for Teachers to Increase Students’ Engagement with Learning. M.T.H. Chi (P.I.), & Roy Levy (co-P.I.), Institute of Education Science, (R305A110090), $1,399,212. (Coeus Award No. 024405-001).

  • GRANTS COMPLETED in 2013 and 2014
  • 2011 – 2014

    Comprehension SEEDING: Comprehension through Self-Explanation, Enhanced Discussion, and INquiry Generation. Rodney D. Nielsen (P.I.) (Boulder Language Technologies, CO) and M.T.H. Chi (co-P.I.), Institute of Education Science (R305A110811). Budget for ASU sub-award to Chi, $409,003. (Coeus Award No.024969-001)

  • 2009 – 2013

    Using a Cognitive Framework of Differentiated Overt Learning Activities (DOLA) for Designing Effective Classroom Instruction in Materials Science and Nanotechnology. M.T.H. Chi (P.I.) & S. Krause (co-P.I.) (Materials Science Engineering), NSF Engineering Education Program, Award No. 0935235, $400,000.

  • SCHOLARLY IMPACT
  • 2017

    Google Scholar Page: Total citations exceed 43,000+. Link

  • 2016

    Selected by the American Educational Research Association (AERA) as a Knowledge Forum Scholar to give a talk on her ICAP research as part of their “Ed-Talk” video series.

  • 2016

    Cited as one of the top most influential scholars in education research in a Brookings Institution study. [PDF]

  • 2016

    “Commonsense conceptions of emergent processes: Why some misconceptions are robust” (2005) was listed as one of the most cited papers on science education in the Web of Science database, first under the subcategory, “student’s thinking about science”.

  • 2014

    Menekse, Stump, Krause & Chi (#110) received the William Elgin Wickenden Award from the American Society for Engineering Education, recognizing it as representing “the highest standards of scholarly research in engineering education published in the Journal of Engineering Education in 2013.

  • 2007

    Noted by the journal Auditing: A Journal of Practice and Theory, as one of its most frequently cited authors.

  • 2006

    Two papers papers, Chi, Feltovich & Glaser (1981), and Chi, Bassok, Lewis, Reimann, & Glaser (1989), were ranked 1st and 7 th most highly cited publications in in Cognitive Science respectively, from the Editor's 2006 report.

  • 2002

    Highlighted in “Reach for the Stars,” a basic research poster session that showcased the research careers of distinguished scholars, AERA.

  • 2002

    Chi (1978) (Publication #12) was voted as the 7 th “Most Fascinating Studies in Child Psychology,” as surveyed by the Society for Research in Child Development, published in their Oct. newsletter.

  • 2000

    Chi (1997), was noted in the editorial of the Journal of the Learning Sciences (Kolodner, 2000, p. 2), as one of its "most cited papers" on methodology.

  • 1993

    Chi, Feltovich & Glaser (1981), (Publication #15 in the reference list) was identified as a Citation Classic.

  • Awards and Recognition
  • 2016

    The American Academy of Arts & Sciences

  • 2016

    Distinguished Contributions to Research in Education Award: Presented by the American Educational Research Association (AERA) for outstanding achievement and success in education research

  • 2015

    Thorndike Career Achievement Award: Presented by the American Psychological Association (APA) for lifetime contribution in research

  • 2015

    The Inaugural Dorothy Bray Endowed Professor of Science and Teaching for Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College, Arizona State University

  • 2014

    Wickenden Award: Presented by the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE), for "the highest standards of scholarly research in engineering education published in the Journal of Engineering Education in 2013"

  • 2013

    Faculty Achievement Award for Best Professional Application: Arizona State University

  • 2013

    Faculty Achievement Award for Defining Edge Research and Creative Work: Professional Application, Arizona State University

  • 2013

    Sylvia Scribner Award: Presented by the American Educational Research Association (AERA), Learning and Instruction Division, for research that represents significant advancement in our understanding of learning and instruction

  • 2010

    Elected to the National Academy of Education

  • 2006

    Chancellor's Distinguished Research Award, Senior Category
    For "innovative research of landmark impact in several research areas", University of Pittsburgh

  • 2001

    Cited in Carnegie-Mellon University's Centennial Magazine as one of its 87 most successful undergraduates

  • 1982

    Boyd R. McCandless Young Scientist Award
    Presented by Division 7 of the American Psychological Association (APA), for distinguished theoretical contribution and programmatic research efforts in the field of developmental psychology

  • 1977 - 1982

    Spencer Fellowship
    Awarded by the National Academy of Education, for promising research and professional development contributing to the theory and practice of education

  • Fellow
  • 2013

    Fellow, American Educational Research Association

  • 2002 - 2005

    Resident Fellow, Center for Philosophy of Science, University of Pittsburgh

  • 2002

    Fellow, One of seven inaugural fellows, Cognitive Science Society

  • 1988

    Fellow, Board of Ethnic Minority Affairs, American Psychological Association

  • 1996 - 1997

    Resident Fellow, Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, Stanford, CA

  • 1992

    Fellow, Association for Psychological Science

  • 1986

    Fellow, Division 7, American Psychological Association

  • Impact and Recognition of Scholarly Work
  • 2017

    Chi (2009) paper on ICAP was the No. 1 most downloaded paper from the publisher’s website (Wiley-Blackwell)

  • 2016

    Chi (2005) paper “Commonsense conceptions of emergent processes: Why some misconceptions are robust” was listed as one of the most cited papers on science education in the Web of Science database, first under the subcategory “Student’s Thinking about Science”.

  • 2016

    Cited as one of the top most influential scholars in education research in a Brookings Institution study.

  • 2007

    Noted by the journal Auditing: A Journal of Practice and Theory, as one of its most frequently cited authors

  • 2006

    Two of my papers are among the top 10 most highly cited papers published in Cognitive Science: Chi, Feltovich & Glaser (1981), and Chi, Bassok, Lewis, Reimann, & Glaser (1989), are ranked 1st and 7th , respectively. (from Rob Goldstone's 2006 Editor's report).

  • 2004

    Chi (1978) was voted as the 7th "Most Fascinating Studies in Child Psychology", as surveyed by the Society for Research in Child Development, published in their Oct. newsletter.

  • 2002

    Highlighted in "Reach for the Stars," an American Educational Research Association basic research in reading and literacy poster session that showcased the research careers of distinguished scholars.

  • 2000

    Chi (1997), was noted in the editorial of the Journal of the Learning Sciences (Kolodner, 2000, p. 2), as one of its "most cited papers" on methodology.

  • 1993

    Chi, Feltovich & Glaser (1981), was identified as a Citation Classic.

  • Post Docs Mentored and their current position
  • Polly Lai (2017-2020)
  • Joshua Morris (2017-2020)
  • Lu Ding (2017-2020)
  • Nicole Zillmer (2016)
  • Emily Bogusch (2015-2016), Phoenix Union School District.
  • Na Li (2013-2016)
  • Matthew E. Lancaster (2012-2014), Assistant Prof. Lourdes University, Sylvania, Ohio
  • Susan Trickett (2013-2014)
  • Katherine McEldoon (2013-2015), Tennessee Department of Education, Research & Strategy Division
  • Seokmin Kang (July 16, 2012-2015), Arizona State University
  • Kasia Muldner (July 1, 2010-2012), Assistant Professor, Carleton University
  • Glenda Stump (June 1, 2010-2012; 2014-15), Consultant to the Strategic Education Initiatives Group, Office of Digital Learning, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Ruth Wylie (Dec. 1, 2011), Assistant Research Professor, Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College
  • Paul E. Hand (2009-2010)
  • Jing-Wen Lin (2007).
  • Scotty Craig (2005-2007). Assistant Professor, Arizona State University
  • Kirsten Butcher (2005-2007). Assistant Professor, University of Utah
  • Agnieszka Kosminska Kristensen (2003-2005).
  • Randy Engle (2001-2003), Assistant Professor, Berkeley School of Education (deceased)
  • Marguerite Roy (2001-2003), Research Analyst, Medical Council of Canada 
  • Takeshi Yamauchi (1998-2000), Associate Professor, Dept. of Psychology, Texas A&M
  • Heisawn Jeong (1998-2000) Associate Professor, Hallym University, Korea
  • Judith McQuaide (1998-1999), National Education Association
  • Michel Ferrari (1996-1998), Associate Professor, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, Toronto
  • Cindy E. Hmelo (1996-1998), Professor & Director of Institute, School of Education, Indiana University
  • Takeshi Okada (1994-95), Associate Professor, Nagoya University, Japan
  • Mei-Hung Chiu (1990-91), Professor and chair, Graduate Institute of Science Education, National Taiwan Normal University
  • Joanne Striley (1988-89) a faculty member at Michigan State
  • Miriam Reiner (1988-89) Associate Professor at Hebrew University, Israel
  • Jean Hutchinson (1986-88) Research Scientist at Portland, Oregon
  • Peter Reimann (1984-88), Professor, University of Sydney, Australia
  • Miriam Bassok (1985-87), Prof., Dept. of Psychology, Univ. of Washington
  • Matthew Lewis (1984-85), Executive Vice President, Interactive Video Technologies
  • Camilla Gobbo (1983-84), Professor emeritus, Dept. of Psychology, Padova University, Italy
  • Mitch Rabinowitz (1980-82), Professor, Dept. of Psychology, Fordham University
  • Paul Feltovich (1978-80), Professor, Dept. of Medical Education, University of Illinois
  • Graduate Students
  • Joshua Adams (Education), current student
  • Dongchen Xu (Psychology), M.S. 2015
  • Floris Blankenstein—A visiting student from Maastricht University, Holland
  • Muhsin Menekse (Science Education, College of Education, ASU), Ph.D. 2012
  • Brenda Fonseca (Psychology in Education, College of Education, ASU)
  • Cheryl Berg (Science Education, College of Education, ASU) – graduated 2011
  • Stephanie Touchman (Science Education, College of Education, ASU), 2009-11
  • Soniya Gadgil (Masters, 2009, Dept. of Psychology, University of Pittsburgh)
  • Rod Roscoe (M.S. 2004, Ph.D. 2007, Dept. of Psychology)
  • Bob Hausmann (M.S., 2001; Ph.D. 2005, Psychology). Research Associate, Carnegie-Learning.
  • Roger Taylor (M.S., 2002). Assistant Professor, CUNY.
  • Nick de Leeuw (M.S. 2000), Adjunct Professor of Psychology, Vassar College
  • Ahmad Hashem (Ph.D., Psychology and Informatics, 2000), Global Healthcare Industry Manager, Microsoft
  • Christine Carlock (M.S. 1999; Ph.D. Katz Graduate School of Business), Assoc. Professor, Univ. of Connecticut
  • Stephanie Siler (M.S., 1998). Research Associate, Dept. of Psychology, at Carnegie-Mellon University.
  • Heisawn Jeong (Ph.D., 1998), Associate Professor, Hallym University, Korea
  • James Slotta (Ph.D., 1997), Junior Chair, Associate Professor, Ontarior Institute of Education.
  • Jeffrey Sampler (Ph.D., 1992; Katz Graduate School of Business)
  • Rebecca Leas (Ph.D., 1992; Department of Physical Education). Professor at Clarion University of Pennsylvania.
  • Gao Man (M.S., School of Education, 1986)
  • Christopher Roth (M.S. 1983)

Invited Keynotes, Plenary Sessions, Colloquia, Tutorials, Symposia, and Workshops (from 1990)

  • 2017
  • Presenter, “ICAP: A theoretical framework for how to engage students to promote deeper learning,” at the Strengthening Institutional Linkages Initiative Faculty Development Seminar, Arizona State University, Jan.

  • Invited speaker, Brown Bag Lunch Series Talk: “Translating ICAP on Student Engagement into Practice,” Presented to the Graduate School of Education, Rutgers, Feb.

  • Featured scholar presentation, “ICAP: A theoretical framework for how to engage students to promote deeper learning”, at the Wisconsin Ideas in Education Series (WIES) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Center for Education Research.

  • Invited speaker, Brown Bag Lunch Series presentation at the University of Pittsburgh’s Discipline-Based Science Education Research Center (dB-SERC) on: “ICAP titled: ICAP: A Theoretical Framework for Active Learning to Promote Deeper Understanding.” March.

  • Plenary speaker, “Teaching Emergence: An Attempt at Differentiating Science Concepts of Processes” at the National Association for Research in Science Teaching (NARST) conference for Challenges in Learning Science Concepts. April.

  • Award address speaker, 2017 AERA Presidential Session on Acquired Wisdom: Lessons Learned by Distinguished Researchers titled, “Acquired Wisdom and Expertise at AERA” April.

  • Award address speaker, at the Distinguished Contributions to Research in Education Award session: “Translating ICAP on Student Engagement Into Practice”, AERA, April.

  • Plenary speaker, “ICAP: How to Promote Deeper Active Learning Engagement”, at the TRUSE conference on STEM education at St. Thomas Univeristy, July.

  • 2016
  • Speaker, “ICAP: A theoretical framework for active learning.” Presented to the Education Development Center (EDC), Inc. New York, NY. Feb. 24.

  • Presidential session speaker, “Challenging Common Sense Conceptions of Learning,” at the Public Scholarship Ed-Talk, Feb.

  • Centennial Colloquium speaker, “ICAP: A theoretical framework for active learning,” at 100 th  Anniversary Colloquium Series at Carnegie Mellon University Psychology Department. Pittsburgh, PA: April 19.

  • Speaker, “Learning from Dialog versus Monolog Videos”. Presented at the EnFUSE Symposium hosted by the National Science Foundation’s division of undergraduate education, Washington D.C., April.

  • Invited participant on an National Science Foundation-funded workshop to promote collaboration between cognitive science and discipline-based education research on STEM learning. Washington D.C. September, 2016.

  • Keynote speaker, “Counter-intuitive Findings and Implications for Teaching from the Sciences of Learning. Snell Conference: Practicing the Art and Science of Teaching”, Center for the Art and Science of Teaching, Oct, 2016.

  • 2015
  • Featured speaker, “Modeling and correcting students’ misunderstanding for conceptual domains (especially in science)” at the Rice Workshop on Personalized Learning, Houston, TX: April 1.

  • Colloquium speaker, “Differentiating four modes of engagement in active learning” at the Learning Sciences Research Institute, University of Illinois at Chicago Circle: April 3.

  • Invited presentation on a panel on how fundamental principles of cognitive science, technology and data impact K-12 teaching and learning to the Carnegie Corporation of New York, NY: June 15.

  • Award address speaker, E. L. Thorndike Career Achievement Award, American Psychological Association, in recognition for original, scientific, and empirically-based research that contributes significantly to knowledge, theory, or practice in educational psychology, July.

  • One of 32 outstanding scholars of education selected to participate in the AERA Scholars Retreat and Forum Santa Fe, NM: October 1-4.

  • Speaker, “Teaching the crosscutting concept of emergent cause-and- effect to overcome misconceptions.” Paper presented at the Conference on Complex Systems ’15. Tempe, AZ: September 29.

  • Speaker, “Ways to enhance your understanding while you are learning.” Talk presented at Penn State University to their instructors and professors. State College, PA: Oct. 19.

  • Plenary speaker, “Differentiating four modes of engagement for active learning: The ICAP framework.” A university-wide talk sponsored by the Schreyer Institute for Teaching Excellence Penn State University, State College, PA: Oct. 20.

  • Speaker, “Engaging students cognitively in active learning.” Talk presented at the AERA Coordinated Committee Meeting. Washington, DC: Oct. 23.

  • Colloquium speaker, “Robust misconceptions: What are they and how to overcome them,” at the Human Development Department Colloquia at Columbia University. New York, NY: Nov. 3.

  • 2014
  • "Conceptual Change in Science,” on the plenary panel of the International Conference on Conceptual Change, University of Bologna, Italy

  • Speaker, “ICAP: Differentiating four levels of engagement for active learning.” Presented at How to Actively Engage Your Students: A Workshop on Active Learning. Arizona State University: March.

  • Award Address Speaker, “Differentiating 4 Modes of Engagement in Active Learning: From theory to practice.” Sylvia Scribner Award Address lecture, AERA, April.

  • Plenary speaker, “Conceptual Change Across Domain: Science,” Conceptual Change Sig meeting of the European Association for Research on Learning and Instruction, Bologna, Italy: Aug.

  • Invited participant at IES annual meeting, Sept.

  • 2013
  • Speaker, “Overcoming misconceptions for conceptual understanding,” Paper presented at the Improving Middle School Science Instruction Using Cognitive Science, A National Conference, sponsored by IES’s National R & D Center for Cognition and Science Instruction Conference, Washington, DC: May 21-22.

  • Speaker, “Using the ICAP hypothesis to Design Instruction and Student Assignments.” Talk presented at the 2013 Gordon Research Conference on Chemistry Education Research and Practice, Newport, RI, June.

  • Speaker, “Why are dialogues better instructional materials than monologues?” Paper presented at the symposium Trends in Support for the Analysis of Collaborative Learning, Part 1: Support, organized by Nikol Rummel & Tamara Van Gog, Ruhr-Universitat Bochum: Aug.

  • 2012
  • Invited participant at a Gates Foundation M.I.T sponsored workshop on Quality Matters. Boston, MA: Jan. 24-25.

  • Speaker, “ICAP: A Hypothesis Generated from a Framework for Differentiating Levels of Cognitive Engagement in Active Learning.” Invited talk for Pearson’s Mastering Leadership Conference, Scottsdale, AZ: March.

  • Invited participant in a workshop on Optimal Teaching Workshop, UC San Diego, May.

  • Presenter, “Two Approaches to Enhancing Learning: Dialogue Videos and Engagement Activities.” Talk presented at the 2012 University/Microsoft Research Summer Institute, titled Crowdsourcing Personalized Online Education, Suncadia, WA: July.

  • Colloquium speaker, “Two Kinds and Four Sub-types of Misconceived Knowledge, Ways to Change it, and the Learning Outcomes.” Presented to the Mathematics and Science Education Ph.D. Program, UC San Diego: Oct.

  • Colloquium speaker, “Two Kinds and Four Sub-types of Misconceived Knowledge, Ways to Change it, and the Learning Outcomes.” Presented to the joint Cognitive Science and the Learning Sciences program, Northwestern University, Nov.

  • 2011
  • Invited presenter, “Engaging Students with Differential Effectiveness: The ICAP (Interactive>Constructive>Active>Passive) Hypothesis.” Presentation at the Frontiers in Education Workshop, Pearson, Boston, Feb.

  • Invited speaker, “Misconceived Causal Explanations for Emergent Science Processes.” Talk for the symposium New Approaches to the Problem of Conceptual Change in the Learning of Science and Math. Presented at the 33 rd Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society, Boston, July.

  • Invited speaker, “Students’ Self-explanations.” Talk for the symposium Explanation-based

  • mechanisms for learning: An interdisciplinary approach. Presented at the 33 rd Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society, Boston, July.

  • Panel member to discuss explanations for the impact of dialog, in Socializing Intelligence Through Academic Talk and Dialogue, Talk titled: “What accounts for the benefits of dialoguing or learning collaboratively, for learning?” Pittsburgh, Sept.

  • “Highlighted Session Speaker” at International Conference on Computers in Education, for the sub-conference track Computer-supported Collaborative Learning, Chiang-Mai, Thailand, Nov.

  • 2010
  • Plenary speaker for the Communication Analysis Workshop, Tempe, AZ.

  • Presenter, “Using a Cognitive Framework of Differentiated Overt Learning Activities (DOLA) for Designing Effective Classroom Instruction in Materials Science and Nanotechnology,” poster presented at the National Science Foundation-sponsored Awardee Conference, Reston, Va. Jan.

  • Presenter, “Dialogue Analyses for Learning.” Paper presented at the Communication Analyses Workshop, Tempe, AZ Feb.

  • Discussant, for IES symposium Solving Problems in School: Concepts, Procedures, and Instruction to Support Learning, at the 2010 APS Annual Convention in Boston, May.

  • Invited participant, “Intelligent Tutoring Systems and Games for STEM instruction.” At the ONR- sponsored workshop, UCLA CRESST, Nov.

  • 2009
  • Invited speaker, “What are misconceptions and how might they be overcome?” Brownbag presented to the Applied Psychology Program, Polytechnic Campus, ASU, Feb.

  • Speaker, “Ways of optimizing student learning.” Talk presented at K-12, Hendon, VA, May 7.

  • Speaker, “Expert learners.” Talk presented at the 36th Carnegie Cognition Symposium on Expertise June 2.

  • Speaker, “Why are some processes so hard to understand? An instructional module targeted at misconceptions.” Talk presented at the Cognitive Science Symposium on Transfer of Learning.

  • Colloquium speaker, “Ways to optimize student learning: A learner-centered approach.” Colloquium presented at the Cognitive Science Colloquium Series, Bloomington, Indiana, Oct.

  • Speaker, “An instructional module targeted at misconceptions.” Talk presented at the symposium From Child to Scientist: Mechanisms of Learning and Development, Carnegie-Mellon University, Oct.

  • 2008
  • 2008

    The VI European Meeting in Conceptual Change, Turku, Finland

  • Plenary speaker for The VI European Meeting on Conceptual Change, Turku, Finland.

  • Presenter, “Co-construction from Joint Explaining”. Paper presented at International Conference of the Learning Sciences, Utrecht, Netherlands, June.

  • Keynote address, “Qualitative misunderstanding of emergent processes.” Presented at the VI European Meeting in Conceptual Change, Turku, Finland, August 16.

  • Speaker, “Qualitative misunderstanding of emergent processes.” Presented to Arts, Media and Entertainment, ASU, Oct.

  • Colloquium speaker, “Does Qualitative Understanding of Emergent Processes Transfer to Learning Science concepts? A Pilot Intervention.” Presented a colloquium to kick off the colloquium series at Duke University’s Science Center, Nov.

  • 2007
  • Participant in the Evolution Challenge Workshop, Las Vegas, NV Feb.

  • Discussant, along with Rich Shavelson, for a Presidential session on “Professional Expertise”, Chicago, IL, April.

  • Lead discussant on Expertise at the National Science Foundation meeting. Oct.

  • 2006
  • Participant at the Santa Fe Institute’s Educational Outreach Workshop on Complex Dynamic Systems, Santa Fe, NM, March.

  • Discussant for the symposium How to support explanation in the classroom: The role of teachers and tasks. AERA meeting, San Francisco, CA, April.

  • Lead discussant on Transfer at the National Science Foundation meetings, October.

  • Participant at the National Science Foundation workshop on Transfer and Expertise, Arlington, November.

  • Colloquium speaker, Learning from Tutoring and Observing Tutoring Collaboratively, OISE, Toronto, Canada, Nov.

  • 2005
  • Discussant at the Adaptive Expertise Colloquium, organized by the LIFE Science of Learning Center, VaNTH Engineering Research Centers, and SRI International, Palo Alto, CA, Sept.

  • 2004
  • Keynote speaker, “How Students Learn”. Colloquium on Teaching and Learning, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, May.

  • 2003
  • 2003

    The 10th European Association for Research on Learning and Instruction, Padova, Italy.

  • Distinguished Speaker, “Emergent systems versus Causal Events: Schemas for Overcoming versus Generating Misconceptions in Science”, presented for the Cognitive Science Colloquium Series, Department of Psychology, Georgia Tech, Atlanta, Georgia, March.

  • Keynote speaker, “Emergent versus Commonsense Causal Processes: How Misconceptions in Science Arise and How They Can Be Overcome,” presented at the 10 th European Association for Research on Learning and Instruction, Padova, Italy.

  • 2002
  • Presenter, “Learning through collaborative observation of tutoring” at the CIRCLE Advisory Board Meeting, Pittsburgh, March.

  • Presenter, “Learning from physics text: Effects of interactive and observed discourse with tutors and peers”, at a Symposium on Conceptual Learning from Scientific Text and Discourse, at the Society for Text and Discourse conference. Chicago, IL, June.

  • Commentary provided for the Graduate Record Exam Symposium, at the Graduate Record Exam Board Meeting, Seattle, June.

  • Workshop presenter, to help Office of Navel Research shape a new 6.1 ONR program on Cognitive Science and Human Performance. Las Cruces, NM, October.

  • 2001
  • Presenter, “Why do students fail to understand complex dynamic type of concepts?” at the symposium Conceptual change and complex causality: Furthering the conversation. AERA, Seattle, April.

  • Participant in a Workshop, sponsored by the Russell Sage Foundation, to react to their report on their Literacy Program. New York, NY, June.

  • 2000
  • Speaker, “Emergent versus Causal Schemas”, presented at an interactive symposium on Conceptual Change and Complex Causality, organized by David Perkins, AERA, New Orleans, April.

  • Distinguished Lecturer, “Assessment of Learning at Three Different Grain Sizes”, presented at the American Society for Engineering Education Conference, St. Louis, June.

  • Presenter, “How Can We Enhance Students’ Learning?” at a workshop of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Complex School of Profusion, Nov.

  • 1999
  • 1999

    Annual meeting of the American Society for Engineering Education, St. Louis, MO

  • Speaker, “What makes human tutoring effective?” National Science Foundation, Washington D.C., Jan.

  • Speaker, "Why are decentralized concepts so hard to learn?" at the UCI Conference on Decentralization. Sponsored by the Institute for Mathematical Behavioral Sciences and the Department of Economics, University of California at Irvine, Feb.

  • Speaker, "Assessment of Conceptual Change", presented to the Committee on the Foundation of Assessment, National Academy of Sciences/National Research Council, Board on Testing and Assessment, Irvine, CA, May.

  • Keynote speaker, annual meeting of the American Society for Engineering Education, St. Louis. June.

  • Guest speaker, “Understanding Emergent Versus Causal Mechanisms: Overcoming Obstacles to Learning Science Concepts”, along with Jay McClelland, at a Seminar on How the Brain Learns, Harrisburg, PA, June.

  • Colloquium speaker, "Misclassifying Processes as Objects and Emergence as Causality: Why We Misunderstand Many Complex Concepts and Phenomena". NEBARS at University of Connecticut, Nov.

  • Workshop speaker, Classroom and Tutorial Discourse. Organizers: Brian MacWhinney, Catherine Snow and Steven Bird. Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA, December.

  • 1998
  • Workshop speaker, "Current Research in Medical Education", presented at the Workshop on Formalizing the Informal: A Rationale for the Clinical Teaching of Medical Students and Residents. University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Center for Continuing Education in the Health Sciences, March.

  • Presenter, "Learning Concepts of Equilibration Processes", at the Conference on Designing for Science, Learning Research and Development Center, April.

  • Tutorial speaker, "Discourse in Contexts of Learning ", Twentieth Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society, Madison, WI, August.

  • Conference speaker, "Misrepresenting Complex Dynamic Systems as Events: A barrier to Learning Science", EARLI Second European Symposium on Conceptual Change. Madrid, Spain, November.

  • Speaker, "What Makes Human Tutoring Effective?" Circle Seminar Series on Tutoring. Carnegie Mellon University, December.

  • 1997
  • Colloquium speaker, "How to Learn More Effectively”, presented at Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, February.

  • Colloquium speaker, "Self-Explaining: A Domain-General Learning Activity". Presented to the Education in Math, Science, and Technology group, U.C. Berkeley, March.

  • Colloquium speaker, "Self-Explaining: A Domain-General Learning Activity". Presented to the Center for Research in Mathematics and Science Education, San Diego State University, April.

  • Colloquium speaker, "Learning Compatible vs Incompatible Concepts: Incrementally versus Conceptual Change", presented to the Department of Psychology, Stanford University, April.

  • Guest Lecturer, Symbolic Systems, School of Education, Stanford University, June.

  • Colloquium speaker, "Conceptual Change in Learning Complex Concepts", presented to the Cognitive Science Program, Georgia Tech, Nov.

  • 1996
  • Workshop participant, Sage Foundation on Literacy, New York, April.

  • 1995
  • 1995

    The 17th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society, Pittsburgh, PA

  • Keynote speaker, The 17 th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society.

  • Invited speaker, "Acquisition of concepts of processes." Creative Concepts Conference, Texas A & M University, College Station, Texas, May.

  • Invited speaker, "Creating Schools that Develop Expertise in Students." Workshop on The Gifted School. Hosted by OERI and Council for Exceptional Children. Tyson's Corner, Virginia, June.

  • Keynote speaker, "Revising a mental model as one learns." The Seventeenth Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society. University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA, July.

  • Keynote speaker, "Self-explaining is the construction of a mental model" at the University of Memphis Conference on Reasoning, Memphis, TN, September.

  • Invited speaker, "Learning from text by self-explaining." Clarion University, Clarion, PA, Nov.

  • 1994
  • Invited Speaker, "What is learned in context?". Naturalistic Decision Making Conference, Dayton, Ohio, June.

  • Symposium speaker, "Stolen knowledge: Knowledge acquired through practice". Third Practical Aspects of Memory Workshop. University of Maryland, College Park, MD, August.

  • Colloquium speaker, "Self-explaining: An effective general learning skill?" New Mexico State University. Las Cruces, NM, December.

  • 1993
  • 1993

    The 10th International Conference on Machine Learning, Amherst, MA

  • Keynote speaker, 10 th International Conference on Machine Learning

  • Colloquium speaker, "Self-explanations improve understanding: But do they promote conceptual change?" Presented at the Department of Psychology, Princeton University, Princeton, February.

  • Colloquium speaker, "Can misconceptions in science be removed?" Graduate Institute of Science Education, National Taiwan Normal University, Taipei, Taiwan, March.

  • Lecturer, "Self-explanations improve learning." At the Research Center of Cognitive Studies, National Chung Cheng University's conference on math education, Chia-yi, Taiwan, March.

  • Exhibit, "Constructing knowledge: How talking to yourself may improve learning." Carnegie Science Center, Pittsburgh, May 2-15.

  • Panel Discussant, "Conceptual change and the acquisition of expertise." The Third International Workshop on Human and Machine Cognition, Seaside, Florida, May. (I was the panel member invited to represent the cognitive science view. Other members represented views from A.I., anthropology, situated cognition, and so forth.)

  • Presenter, "Barriers to conceptual change in learning science concepts: A Theoretical Conjecture." Paper presented to the Cognitive Science Conference, Boulder, June.

  • Symposium presenter, "Cascade and self-explanations." For the symposium, Cognitive models of problem solving, Cognitive Science Conference, Boulder, June.

  • Keynote speaker, "The role of self-explanations as a form of knowledge construction." At the Tenth International Conference on Machine Learning, Amherst, June. (The Machine Learning conference invites a keynote speaker each year from an outside discipline. Other cognitive psychologists invited in the past were Doug Medin, Mike Posner, and so forth.)

  • Workshop participant and speaker, "Teaching for understanding." Harvard Project Zero, Boston, October.

  • 1992
  • Presenter, "Self-explanations improve learning." Poster presented at the NATO Advance Study Institute on Psychological and Educational Foundations of Technology-Based Learning Environments. Orthodox Academy, Kalymbari, Greece, July.

  • Chair/Discussant of the session on Capturing and Modeling the Process of Conceptual Change in the Physical Sciences. At the NATO Advance Study Institute on Psychological and Educational Foundations of Technology-Based Learning Environments. Orthodox Academy, Kalymbari, Greece, July.

  • Current Collaborators
  • Sara Brownell
    Assistant Professor, School of Life Sciences, Arizona State University

  • Michael Caplan
    Associate Professor, Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering, Arizona State University

  • Kim Elliott
    Teacher, Mesa Public Schools

  • Molina Walters
    Clinical Associate Professor, Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College, Arizona State University

  • Josephine Marsh
    Associate Professor, Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College, Arizona State University

Family

  • My husband Kurt VanLehn is the Diane and Gary Tooker Chair for Effective Education in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math in the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering at Arizona State University.
  • My daughter, Michelle Chase, is an Assistant Professor of History at Bloomfield College. She has just published a book, Revolution within the Revolution: Women and Gender Polictics in Cuba, 1951-1962.
  • Her husband, Vinod Menon, is a Professor of Physics at The City College of New York.
  • My daughter, Catherine Chase, is an Assistant Professor of Cognitive Studies at Teacher College, Columbia University.
  • Her husband, Adam Royalty, is a Lead Research Investigator at the Stanford D.School.
  • My son, Reid Van Lehn, is an Assistant Professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
  • His wife, Nicole Kavanaugh recently earned her Ph. D. from MIT in Microbiology and is now a Protein Purification Scientist at Aldevron