Michael Phillips

Michael PhillipsPh.D. Educational Psychology and Educational Technology - Michigan State University

B.S. – Psychology - University of Nebraska – Omaha

Courses Taught

Human Growth and Development, Educational Psychology, Research Methods, Motivation, Social Psychology, and a graduate seminar in grantwriting.

Research Interests

My primary research interests span several areas—student motivation, the psychology of interest, the visual/verbal cognitive style, and motivational qualities of digital technologies in the classroom.  Currently, I have been exploring the notion of interest development in classroom settings along with the relationship between interest and perceived competence. Specifically, I’m interested in whether classroom features identified as hold factors in the situational interest literature can nurture personal interest and perceived competence. I plan to continue this line of research on interest development in lab and classroom settings. In addition to studying motivation in learning settings, I am also interested in the influence of the visual/verbal cognitive style on choice behaviors in multimedia environments.   

Students interested in gaining experience in educational psychological research should contact me via email Michael.Phillips@unco.edu

Recent Professional Activities

  • Yadav, A., Phillips, M. M., Lundeberg, M. A., Koehler, M. J., Hilden, K., & Dirkin, K. H. (under review). If a picture is worth a thousand words is video worth a million? Differences in affective and cognitive processing of video and text cases in science. Journal of Educational Psychology.
  • Foster, A. N., Lundeberg, M. A., Manokore, V., Phillips, M. M., Bergland, M., & Klyczek, K. (under review). Understanding, confidence, constraints and affordances within a case-based multimedia environment in science. Journal of Computers in Mathematics and Science Teaching.
  • Phillips, M. M. (2009). The Influence of Situational Factors on the Nurturance of Personal Interest:  Developing Elementary Education Majors’ Interest in Technology. Paper presented at annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, San Diego, CA.
  • Beasley, A., Phillips, M., Apthorp, H., & Newman, A. (June, 2008). Student involvement in classroom assessment. Poster presented at the 2008 Institute of Education Sciences (IES) Research Conference, Washington, D.C.
  • Koehler, M. J., Yadav, A., Phillips, M., Cavazos-Kottke, S. C. (2005). What is video good for? Examining how media and story genre interact. Journal of Educational Multimedia and Hypermedia, 14 (3) 249-272.