Kevin Grobman

I have taught mathematics to underprivileged elementary and middle school students, physics at an all-girls high school, and psychology to high school, undergraduate, and graduate students. I have taught a diverse range of college psychology classes including intro, social, developmental, and cognitive, as well as special topics in education, infancy, and creativity.

My research examines how we creatively solve problems and develop a deeper conceptual understanding, by examining internal cognitive processes that underlie our struggles (e.g., working memory) and external social contexts that influence us (e.g., teachers use of inquiry learning pedagogy, parenting styles). The research methods I use include large-scale survey designs (e.g., science fairs) and experimental designs with in-depth coding of qualitative data (e.g., infant problem solving).

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Teaching & Learning Developmental Psychology
Perplexing Questions & the Science Fair
Online Activities with Personalized Results
Online Moodle Learning Platform for Understanding Psychology

Copernican Revolution Project

Over the years I've been developing online activities to help make Psychology concepts real and personally-relevant for students. Sometimes students would like to share the activities with friends or family. When other professors would like to do my activities, there's a hurdle: they need to recreate them for themselves in their LMS (if possible), download responses, score with a spreadsheet, and provide students with their responses (all things I do for each activity each semester). The Copernican Revolution Project is an effort to make activities easily available for everyone, everywhere (at least with internet access). Each activity scores itself automatically with personalized results, provides a certificate of completion (so students can get credit), and a link to a summary about each activity (so it's educational even if teachers don't have the time to discuss it during class). Once completed, I'll create pretty static web pages to showcase all the activities and share widely (i.e., this page is just temporary).

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Online Activities with Personalized Results
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Copernican Revolution?

Nicolaus Copernicus (1514) discovered the Earth is not the center of the universe and forever changed how humanity understands ourselves and our place. He inspired Galileo Galilei and the blossoming of science. He inspired Immanuel Kant (1787) in his Critique of Pure Reason to completely reimagine Philosophy by challenging assumptions about epistemology - how we know what we know. Among the first to study Psychology, Jean Piaget (1950) described the qualitative stage shifts of children's development as their own personal "Copernican Revolutions." Thomas Kuhn (1962) drew inspiration from Piaget to model scientific progress analogous to children's development. Copernican Revolutions represent education at its best. We don't aim to merely learn facts; we struggle and develop ourselves.