Prof. Barbara K. Hofer (Department of Psychology, Middlebury College)

Barbara K. Hofer is a Professor in the Department of Psychology at Middlebury College. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Michigan from the Combined Program in Education and Psychology, with a certificate in Culture and Cognition. She is the recipient of the Review of Research Award from the American Educational Research Association (with Paul Pintrich) and the McKeachie Early Career Teaching Award from the American Psychological Association, and is the outgoing Secretary of APA Division 15, Educational Psychology. She has published several dozen articles and book chapters, and co-edited the book Personal Epistemology: The Psychology of Beliefs about Knowledge and Knowing. Her primary research focuses on the development of personal epistemology and how this interacts with learning strategies, motivation, cognition, and academic performance; her research is currently funded by a four-year National Science Foundation grant from the Developmental and Learning Sciences area. She has also continued to work on cross-cultural studies and was a Faculty Fellow at Doshisha University in Kyoto, Japan, in 2002 and 2008. Her research work has been published in Review of Educational Research, American Educational Research Journal, Educational Psychologist, Contemporary Educational Psychology, Educational Psychology Review and some other educational journals.

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