Kevin Crowley

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Kevin Crowley

Kevin Crowley

University of Pittsburgh
5806 Wesley W. Posvar Hall
230 South Bouquet Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15260
Phone: 412-624-8116

Faculty - Associate Dean

Kevin Crowley is a professor of Learning Sciences and Policy at the University of Pittsburgh, where he also directs the University of Pittsburgh Center for Learning in Out-of-School Environments (UPCLOSE) and is a Senior Scientists at the Learning Research and Development Center. Crowley works in partnership with museums, community organizations, and other informal educators to develop innovative learning environments. Crowley’s group conducts learning sciences research in informal settings and develops new theories of how people learn about science, technology, engineering, and art.

For the most up-to-date info on Crowley's work, visit the UPCLOSE web site:

School Affiliations

Recent Grants

  • National Science Foundation, Center for the Advancement of Informal Science Education (CAISE). $14,395,147, 2007-2021. J. Bell (PI), Crowley (Co-PI), Bevan (Co-PI), Storkskeik (Co-PI).
  • William Penn Foundation, Supporting the Informal Learning Initiative, $365,670, Crowley, Knutson, Russell, 2017-2019.
  • National Science Foundation, Learning to See, Seeing to Learn: A Sociotechnical System Supporting Taxonomic Identification Activities in Volunteer-Based Water Quality Biomonitoring. $1,690,278, 2015-2018. Louw (PI), Crowley (Co-PI).
  • National Science Foundation, Climate Change Education Partnership-II: Climate and Urban Systems Partnership (CUSP). $5,600,000, 2012-2018. Elhich (PI), Crowley (Co-PI), & Horton (Co-PI). 2012-2018.
  • National Science Foundation, Intelligent Science Exhibits: Transforming Hands-on Exhibits into Mixed-Reality Learning Experiences, $299,827, 2016-2018. Koedinger (PI), Crowley (Co-PI), Hudson (Co-PI).
  • Spencer Foundation, The 21st Century Naturalist: A research-practice collaboration for informal science education, $400,000, Crowley, Knutson, Giarrantani, & Tonsor, 2015-2018.
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Recent Publications

  • Hecht, M. *, Knutson, K, & Crowley, K. (in press). Becoming a naturalist: Interest development across the learning ecology. Science Education.
  • Eberbach, C.E.* & Crowley, K. (2017) From Seeing to Observing: How Parents and Children Learn to See Science in a Botanical Garden, Journal of the Learning Sciences, 26:4, 608-642.
  • Dorph, R., Schunn, C., & Crowley, K. (2017). Crumpled molecules and edible plastic: Science learning Activation in Out-of-School Time. Afterschool Matters, 25, pp. 18-28.
  • Louw, M., Barbuto, N., & Crowley, K. (2017). Designing Learning Pathways in a Complex Learning Ecology: A Research Practice Partnership Focused on Parent Brokering. In B. DiSalvo, J. Yip, E. Bonsignore, & C. DiSalvo (Eds), Participatory Design for Learning: Perspectives from Research and Practice. New York, NY: Routledge. pp. 93-112.
  • Allen, L.B. & Crowley, K. (2017). From acquisition to inquiry: Supporting informal educators through iterative implementation of practice. In P. Patrick (Ed), Preparing Informal Educators: Perspectives from Science Communication and Education. New York: Springer.
  • Russell, J. L., Kehoe, S. & Crowley, K. (2017). Linking In and Out-of-School Learning. In K. Peppler (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Out-of-School Learning. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.
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