Dr. Michael M. Barger

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Research Description

Michael is interested in students' beliefs about education, including beliefs about the self, intelligence, and knowledge. Michael's research investigates how students' beliefs develop and how they relate to motivation and achievement in STEM education. Recently, he has focused on how the language adults use can change children's thinking and beliefs.


  • PhD, Developmental Psychology - Duke University - 2016
  • MA, Developmental Psychology - Duke University - 2013
  • BS, Psychology - The Ohio State University - 2011


Journal Articles

  • Barger, Michael M. "Connections between instructor messages and undergraduate students' changing personal theories about education." Journal of Experimental Education (2018):
  • Barger, Michael M., Tony Perez, Dorian A. Canelas, and Lisa Linnenbrink-Garcia. "Constructivism and personal epistemology development in undergraduate chemistry students." Learning and Individual Differences 63 (2018): 89-101.
  • Barger, Michael M., and Lisa Linnenbrink-Garcia. "Developmental Systems of Students' Personal Theories About Education." Educational Psychologist 52.2 (2017): 63-83.
  • Barger, Michael M., Stephanie V. Wormington, Lisa G. Huettel, and Lisa Linnenbrink-Garcia. "Developmental changes in college engineering students' personal epistemology profiles." Learning and Individual Differences 48 (2016): 1-8.
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Facilities Information

Building Remodeling Projects

Click on the title to check out these pictures from the classroom remodeling project in the basement. A second project to replace the elevators will begin in September. Beginning with the freight elevator, each elevator will be out of service for three months. To get quickly from one floor to another, and improve your fitness, we will encourage the use of the stairs. The repainting of the northeast stairwell has been completed, and the painter is starting on the southwest stairwell.