Kathy Malone

Associate Professor, Science, Technology and Mathematics Education, Department of Teaching and Learning

Kathy Malone joined the Teaching and Learning Department at The Ohio State University in 2014 after having worked as a Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellow at The National Science Foundation, a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Pittsburgh’s Learning Research and Development Center under the guidance of Dr. Christian Schunn, and a secondary science teacher in Louisiana, Ohio and Pennsylvania.

Her PhD at Carnegie Mellon University under the guidance of Dr. Ruth Chabay is an interdisciplinary degree focusing on the learning sciences.  This suites her diverse science teaching background as she has taught physics, biology and chemistry in urban, rural and suburban contexts as well as in both private and public secondary schools. 

Her research interests focus on STEM reasoning and learning in biology and physics via modeling-based activities.  In addition, she is interested in the benefits of including engineering design components in K12 science classrooms.  Kathy has been involved with Modeling InstructionTM pedagogy in science since 1995 as both a high school practitioner and an educational researcher. In addition, she is an active workshop leader of this pedagogy nation wide specifically in physics and biology.  She has been instrumental in the introduction of this pedagogy at the freshman high level in physics, in secondary biology and as a vertical integration theme in educational settings.

Areas of Expertise
  • Learning and teaching of physics and biology (K-16)
  • Mental Models, model-based reasoning and modeling instructio
  • Verbal Protocol analysis of cognitive interviews in science
  • Cognitive and metacognitive skills utilized during problems
  • PhD., Instruction and Cognition (with masters level in Physics), Carnegie Mellon University, 2006
  • M.A. Instructional Science, Carnegie Mellon University
  • M.A. Science Teaching, The University of New Orleans

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