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Laurie A. Cleavinger, Ph.D.

School of Education - Curriculum & Teaching
Multi-Term Lecturer
Primary office:
Joseph R. Pearson Hall
Room 349
1122 West Campus Rd
Lawrence, KS 66045-3101

Teaching Interests

  • Teaching
  • Project-based instruction
  • Science education
  • Knowing and Learning
  • UKanTeach
  • Pedagogical content knowledge

Research Interests

  • Project-based instruction
  • Inquiry learning
  • Pedagogical content knowledge

Academic Degrees

  • Ph.D., Curriculum and Instruction, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS, 2009
  • M.A., Curriculum and Instruction, University of Kansas, 1984
  • B.S., Biology, Saint Mary College, Leavenworth, Kansas, 1978


Middle and Secondary Science Education

Associate professor Diane Nielsen involved in $120 million project to overhaul how reading is taught to children by 2015
School of Education is 10th among public universities for its master’s and doctoral programs
—U.S. News & World Report
3.35: average GPA of students admitted to teacher education program
All teacher education programs accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education
All teacher education programs accredited by the Kansas State Department of Education
Alumni have been named Kansas Teacher of the Year
Alumni have received the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching and the Horizon Award
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