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David Klahr received his undergraduate degree from MIT in Electrical Engineering (1960),
and his Ph.D. in 1968 from Carnegie Mellon's Graduate School of Industrial Administration
(“GSIA”, now the Tepper School of Business) in Organizations and Social Behavior.
From 1966-69, he was an Assistant Professor at the University of Chicago with joint
appointments in the School of Business and the Department of Mathematics.
In 1968 – 69 was a Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Stirling, Scotland,
and a Visiting Fulbright lecturer at the London School of Business. He returned to
Carnegie Mellon with joint appointment in GSIA and Psychology in 1969, and became
Professor of Psychology in 1976. He served as Head of the Psychology Department
from 1983 to 1993, and is currently Director of the Program in Interdisciplinary Education
Research (PIER), a doctoral training grant funded by the Office of Education.

Throughout his career, Klahr has focused on the analysis of complex cognitive
processes in such diverse areas as voting behavior, college admissions, consumer
choice, peer review, problem solving and scientific reasoning. He pioneered the
application of information processing analysis to questions of cognitive development,
and, in collaboration with Iain Wallace, formulated the first computer simulation models
to account for children's performance on a variety of Piagetian tasks and other types
of problems.

Dr. Klahr's most recent research has investigated the cognitive processes that support
children's understanding of the fundamental principles underlying scientific thinking.
This work includes both basic research with pre-school children and more applied
classroom studies of how to improve the teaching of experimental science in elementary
school. He has worked in a wide variety of schools in the Pittsburgh region, focusing on
the relative effectiveness of different instructional methods for teaching children how to
design and interpret simple experiments

He is a Fellow of the APA, a Charter Fellow of the APS, on the Governing Board of
the Cognitive Development Society, a Member of the Society for Research in Child
Development, and the Cognitive Science Society. He was an Associate Editor of
Developmental Psychology and has served on the editorial boards of several cognitive
science journals, as well as on the NSF's subcommittee on Memory and Cognitive
Processes, and the NIH's Human Development and Aging Study Section. His research
has been supported by grants from the Spencer Foundation, the Social Science
Research Council, the Office of Naval Research, the National Science Foundation,
NICHD, The McDonnell Foundation, the A. W. Mellon Foundation, the J. M Cattell Fund,
and the Institute of Education Sciences. 

He has served on three Committees of the National Research Council: the Committee
on Foundations of Educational Assessment (Knowing What Students Know,
National Academies Press, 2001 ),  the Committee on Research in Education
(Advancing Scientific Research in Education, National Academies Press, 2004 ) and
the Committee on Science Learning (Taking Science to School: Learning and Teaching
Science in Grades K-8 , National Academies Press, 2007). He also serves as member
of the Advisory Board for the Brain, Mind & Behavior Program of the James S. McDonnell
Foundation. In 2007 he became the first member of CMU’s faculty to be elected to the
National Academy of Education.

For detailed information see Dr. Klahr's personal web page.

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