I’m Dr. Brian Kinghorn, and I created this site as an outlet for my thoughts and writing about my academic passions: Learning from Teaching, Inquiry & STEM Education, and The Psychology of Social Media.
I earned my Ph.D. in Educational Psychology and Educational Technology from Michigan State University, and I’m currently an Assistant Professor of Curriculum, Instruction, and Foundations at Marshall University. I am researching ways K–12 science teachers learn science from their own teaching practice as well as the impacts of educating college students on the psychology of social media.
I have also been conducting inquiry-based extra-curricular science programs and science assemblies and conducting both formal and informal teacher professional development since 2002. In 2009 I founded Junior Science World, a company dedicated to quality inquiry science education for educators and kids. Throughout my career I have presented week-long science camps and other programs through the U.S. and Hong Kong and at nearly 30 U.S. Air Force Bases.
Venues for my academic presentations and science shows have included the meetings of Division 15 of the American Psychological Association (APA), the Association for Psychological Science (APS), the American Educational Researchers Association (AERA), and the National Association for Research in Science Teaching (NARST), a regional conference of the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA), the Parents’ Journal 4th Education Expo and Family & Home Show in Hong Kong, and the Association of Christian Schools International Educator Convention.
My family is very important to me. I’m happily married with eight children. Of all my accomplishments I’m most proud to be a husband and father.
Teaching Philosophy: Find it here.
Specialties: Educational Psychology, The Psychology of Social Media, Inquiry-based Instruction, Inquiry-based Science Assemblies, Inquiry Science for K-8 Students and Educators, Elementary Science Methods, Science Education Research, Teacher Learning from Practice
University Courses Taught: Educational Psychology*, The Psychology of Social Media*, Child/Adolescent Development in Schools, Developmental Psychology, Cultural Psychology, General Psychology (online* and ftf), Social Research Methods, Earth and Space Science for Elementary Teachers, Science for Elementary Teachers*, Elementary Science Methods, Reflections on Learning
*Courses I Developed and Piloted