Cognition, Learning, and Instruction

The cognition, learning, and instruction area focuses on complex processes of human thinking and their application to learning and instruction. Student coursework and research emphasize cognitive and motivational theories as they apply to learning from early childhood through adulthood and the systematic design of instruction. Students work closely with faculty in coursework and collaborative research in areas such as cognitive processes in learning, self-regulation and learning strategies, instructional design and technology, STEM education, creativity and talent development, and spatial development and navigation. Students also collaborate with scholars and students from other disciplines across campus and in the community as they build and pursue their personal program of studies.

Dr. Roger Bruning

Roger Bruning

Cognitive and motivational psychology, STEM education, reading and writing development


Dr. Carrie Clark

Carrie Clark

Executive function, neurodevelopmental risk, school readiness, early childhood


Dr. Christy Horn

Christy Horn

Learning disabilities, motivation, note taking, cognitive load, processing issues, use of technology for learning



Kenneth Kiewra

Talent development, note taking, graphic organizers, learning strategies, instructional design


Duane Shell

Learning, motivation, self-regulation, cognitive science, cognitive informatics, STEM learning



Alexandra Twyman

Cognitive development, spatial development, STEM learning, navigation


Mary Zeleny

Reflective and expressive writing, writing in mathematics, creative college teaching, technology and course instruction