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Dr. Ravinder Koul

Dr. Ravinder Koul

Associate Professor of Education (SCIED)

Phone: 814-865-2197

177 Chambers Bldg
University Park, PA 16802


  • Curriculum and Instruction


  • Curriculum and Supervision


I am a member of faculty in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction, serving at Great Valley Campus (1998-2014) and University Park Campus (2014-present).  My underlying goal as an educator is to help all students reach their academic potential.  My research has focused on the associations of personal, instructional, and contextual factors with motivation and curricular engagement of students.  Fulbright senior specialist awards have enabled me to establish professional ties with universities in Asia and build cross-disciplinary and collaborative international relationships with faculty and students.  I have employed a variety of theoretical perspectives to examine different aspects and measures of student engagement and dis-engagement, which include career aspirations, attitudes toward science, attitudes toward foreign language learning, cheating behavior, and college retention and persistence.  Recently, I have published on career aspirations of high school students and engineering identities of college students in Thailand.  I teach courses in science education, educational research and curriculum development.

My interest and expertise:

  • Curricular design and motivational engagement
  • Motivational perspectives on questions of equity in STEM education

Areas of Expertise


Curriculum and Supervision
Equity and Diversity
Learning Assessment
Learning Sciences

Curriculum Areas

Curriculum Issues
Science Ed

Education Levels

Middle School/Junior High
Professional Education
Secondary/High School

Education Types

Private Ed
Public Ed

Educational Studies

Ethics and Values
International Ed

Individual Difference

Learning Processes

Leadership Preparation

Educational Leadership
Teacher Prep

Methodological Research

Multiple Methods

Social Issues

Civic Engagement
Comparative and International Education
Race and Ethnicity

Teacher Preparation

In-service Teachers
Pre-service Teachers

Higher Education

Higher Education
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