Conferences, Symposia, and Other Goings-On

Dr. David Bergin visits UNC November 2nd - 5th!

Dr. Bergin, Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies at the University of Missouri, is a well-known researcher in motivation and interest, with particular attention to math and science learning. Please note: As a doctoral student in our educational psychology program, you are expected to attend at least one of the events. If you are not able to make it to any of the events on Friday (11/2) or Monday (11/5), you should provide rationale as to why you won’t be in attendance. Please email Roberta Ochsner if you will NOT be able to attend any of the events.

The itinerary for Dr. Bergin's visit is as follows:

Friday, November 2nd

  • 3:00-4:00pm, McKee 0008: Interactive Presentation – Discussion regarding the Development of a Student Engagement Measure (Open to Faculty and Doctoral Students)
  • 4:15pm, Lindou Auditorium (Michener Library) – Showing of Race to NowhereDocumentary (Open to Faculty & Students University-Wide)
  • 5:45pm (off-campus) – Dinner with Faculty and Grad Students – Please RSVP to Michael Phillips by noon on Monday, October 29th

Monday, November 5th

  • 9:30-10:30am Dean’s Office, McKee 126 – Breakfast and Social (Open to CEBS Faculty & Students)
  • 11:00am-12:00pm University Center (UC) - Spruce Suites University-wide Presentation – Conjectures and Evidence for Different Types of Interest (Open to UNC campus community)
  • 12:30pm – Lunch and Personal Meetings with Faculty/Students

Background Information:
Dr. David Bergin earned a PhD in Education from Stanford University and also an EdS in program evaluation from Stanford. He taught at the University of Toledo for 13 years and has been at the University of Missouri for 11 years. He teaches in the teacher education program and in the graduate program. He serves on the editorial boards of Journal of Educational Psychology, Contemporary Educational Psychology, and Educational Psychology Review. He has published in those journals plus such journals as Educational Researcher, Educational Psychologist, and The Urban Review. He was recently president of Division 15 (Educational Psychology) of the American Psychological Association (APA). His research focuses on motivation for learning.

David Bergin’s talk on Monday, November 5th is titled Conjectures and Evidence for Different Types of Interest and is based upon his President’s talk given at APA in August 2012. The talk discusses directions for research on interest by examining topics relevant to the development of interest such as school-prompted interest, vicarious interest, transformative experience, cultural influences, competition, and public performance. The talk reviews specific studies and also provides examples of different types of interest.