2020 Keynote Presentation

Teaching for Transformative Experiences

Dr. Kevin Pugh

The University of Northern Colorado

Dr. Kevin PughDr. Kevin Pugh earned his Ph.D. in educational psychology from Michigan State University in 2000. Currently he is a full professor in the School of Psychological Sciences at the University of Northern Colorado.

Dr. Pugh is a pioneer in the development of transformative experience theory. This theory seeks to understand why learning is more transformative for some students and how to foster transformative learning for all students. Dr. Pugh’s broader research interests and expertise include a study of motivation, learning transfer, science education, problem-based learning, and Dewey’s philosophy of education. He recently published a book on learning for in-service and pre-service teachers, Computers, Cockroaches, and Ecosystems: Understanding Learning through Metaphor, and is currently writing a book on teaching for transformative experiences for science teachers: Transformative Experience! How You Can Enrich Your Students’ Lives with Science. Dr. Pugh has published over 30 articles and chapters and currently serves on the editorial boards of the American Educational Research Journal and the Journal of Experimental Education. Dr. Pugh regularly teaches courses on learning theory, cognition, and motivation. For more information on transformative experience theory and to read entertaining blogs, see Dr. Pugh’s Learning and Experience Blog.