Gale M. Sinatra
Gale M. Sinatra is Professor of Educational Psychology at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. She is Editor of the APA, Division 15 Journal, Educational Psychologist, an APA Fellow, and a member of EARLI since 2002. Her model of conceptual change learning (Dole & Sinatra, 1998) emphasizes the role of motivation in conceptual change. Dr. Sinatra’s co-edited book with Dr. Paul Pintrich, Intentional Conceptual Change, examines the students’ role in facilitating their own knowledge change. Her recent publication, "The Warming Trend in Conceptual Change Research"? (2005) describes the new "hot cognition" view of conceptual change inspired by Pintrich’s work. Along with her colleagues, Sarah Brem (ASU) and Margaret Evans (University of Michigan), she is currently co-PI on a National Science Foundation grant exploring the challenges of teaching and learning about biological evolution in the US, which include emotional and motivational barriers.