Dr. Gregory Kelly
TitleAssociate Dean for Research, Outreach, and Technology
Professor of Science Education
ProgramsCurriculum and Instruction: Science Education
Greg Kelly is a professor of science education and the Associate Dean for Research, Outreach, Technology in the College of Education. He was a physics and mathematics teacher and served for four years as a Peace Corps Volunteer. His research explores issues of knowledge and discourse in science education settings. Greg teaches course on teaching and learning science in secondary schools and uses history, philosophy, and sociology of science in science education. Recent research includes development of theories of epistemic cognition and analysis of engineering classrooms.
Current research projects and representative publications include:
• Studies of engineering education in elementary classrooms:
Cunningham, C. M., & Kelly, G. J. (2017). Framing engineering practices in elementary school classrooms. International Journal of Engineering Education, 33(1), 295-307.
Kelly, G. J., Cunningham, C. M., & Ricketts, A. (in review). Emergence of an engineering identity in elementary students.
• Studies examining the role of epistemic practices in the construction of knowledge:
Kelly, G. J. (2016). Methodological considerations for the study of epistemic cognition in practice. In J. A. Greene, W. A. Sandoval, & I. Braten (Eds.) Handbook of epistemic cognition (pp. 393-408). New York: Routledge.
Cunningham, C. M., & Kelly, G. J. (in press). Epistemic practices of engineering for education. Science Education. Doi.org/10.1002/sce.21271.
• Studies of classroom discourse practices as applied in science settings:
Kelly, G. J. (2014). Discourse practices in science learning and teaching. In N. G. Lederman & S. K. Abell (eds.), Handbook of research on science education, volume 2, (pp. 321-336). Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.
Kelly, G. J. (2014). The social bases of disciplinary knowledge and practice in Productive Disciplinary Engagement. International Journal of Education Research, 64, 211-214. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ijer.2013.07.008.
Areas of Expertise
Education HistoryCornell University, Ph.D., 1994. State University of New York at Albany, B.S., 1986
Activities and Honors
Outstanding Researcher, College of Education, Penn State University (2015)
Fellow of the American Educational Research Association (2014)
Outstanding Reviewer for Educational Researcher (2007)
National Academy of Education Postdoctoral Fellow (1998)
Early Career Research Award, National Association for Research in Science Teaching (1999)
Marvin and Ruth Glock Research Award for Outstanding Ph.D. Dissertation, Department of Education, Cornell University (1994)
Presidential Award for Undergraduate Research, State University of New York at Albany (1986)