James Pellegrino

Professor Emeritus of Psychology; Founding Co-director of the Learning Sciences Research Institute


James Pellegrino

James Pellegrino (Photo: Jenny Fontaine/UIC)

James Pellegrino has helped shape how students learn in the 21st century.

For more than 30 years, he has produced influential research connected to issues of student learning, instruction and assessment. He applies a unique blend of expertise — combining knowledge of cognitive science, assessment, educational technology, instructional practice and educational policy — to design and deliver new, improved and equitable learning environments.

His goal is to better understand the nature of students’ knowledge in specific disciplines and the conditions that enhance deep understanding.

Pellegrino’s recent research is focused on assessment of student learning in multiple areas of mathematics and science that span kindergarten through college.

Throughout his career, he has lead large-scale research and development projects for the National Science Foundation, the Institute of Education Sciences and the Office of Naval Research. He was the principal investigator for a NSF grant to the College Board to redesign and improve the Advanced Placement science courses and assessments.

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