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David Klahr
Walter van Dyke Bingham Chair of Cognitive Development and Education Sciences

P-12

  • Cognition and brain development
  • Science

David Klahr holds the Walter van Dyke Bingham Chair of Cognitive Development and Education Sciences in the Department of Psychology at Carnegie Mellon University. He is currently director of the Program in Interdisciplinary Education Research (PIER), a doctoral training grant, and PostPIER, a post-doctoral training grant, both funded by the U. S. Department of Education. Klahr is a fellow of the American Association for Educational Research and a member of the National Academy of Education.  He received his bachelor’s degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in electrical engineering and his doctorate in organizations and social behavior from CMU. Klahr’s recent research focuses on children’s understanding of the fundamental principles underlying scientific thinking. This work includes investigations of causal reasoning in pre-school children and more applied classroom studies of how to improve the teaching of experimental science in elementary school. One of his current projects is to create an intelligent tutor to teach the procedural and conceptual bases of experimental design.