Selected Publications


  • Flemming, D., Kimmerle, J., Cress, U., & Sinatra, G. M. (2019). Research is tentative, but that’s okay: Addressing misconceptions about scientific tentativeness through refutation texts. Discourse Processes. Online first, June 24, 2019,

  • Chevrier, M., Muis, K. R., & Trevors, G., Pekrun, R., Sinatra, G. M., (2019). Exploring the antecedents and consequences of epistemic emotions. Learning and Instruction. Online first, June 5, 2019,

  • Aguilar, S., Polikoff, M., & Sinatra, G. M. (2019). Refutation texts: A new approach to changing public misconceptions about education policy. Educational Researcher. Online first, May, 2019.

  • Matewos, A. M., Marsh, J. A., McKibben, S., Sinatra, G. M. Le, Q. T., Polikoff, M., (2019). Teacher learning from supplementary curricular materials: Shifting instructional roles. Teaching and Teacher Education, 83, 212-224. DOI: 10.1016/j.tate.2019.04.005

  • Thacker, I. & Sinatra, G. M. (2019). Visualizing the greenhouse effect: Restructuring mental models of climate change through a guided online simulation. Education Sciences, 9(1). DOI: 10.3390/educsci9010014

  • Hawley, P. H., & Sinatra, G. M. (2019). Declawing the dinosaurs in the science classroom: Reducing teachers’ anxiety and increasing their efficacy for teaching evolution. Journal of Research in Science Teaching, 56, 375-401, DOI:

  • Kim, A., Sinatra, G. M. & Seyranian, V*. (2018). Developing a STEM identity among young women: A social identity theoretical perspective. Review of Educational Research, 88(4), 589–625. DOI: 10.3102/0034654318779957

  • Sinatra, G. M., Mukhopadhyay, A. & Albright, T. Marsh, J. A., Polikoff, M. (2017). Speedometry: A vehicle for promoting interest and engagement through integrated STEM instruction. The Journal of Educational Research, 110(3), 308-316. DOI: 10.1080/00220671.2016.1273178

  • Sinatra, G. M. & Hofer, B. K. (2016). Public understanding of science:  Policy and educational implications. Policy Insights from the Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 3(2), 245-253, DOI: 10.1177/2372732216656870

  • Lombardi, D., Nussbaum, E. M., & Sinatra, G. M. (2015). Plausibility judgments in conceptual change and epistemic cognition. Educational Psychologist. Published online first December 8, 2015.

  • Muis, K. R., Pekrun, R., Azevedo, R., Sinatra, G. M., Trevors, G., Meier, E., Heddy, B. C. (2015). The curious case of climate change: Epistemic emotions mediate relations between epistemic beliefs, learning strategies and learning outcomes. Learning and Instruction, 39, 168-183. DOI: 10.1016/j.learninstruc.2015.06.003

  • Sinatra, G. M., Heddy, B. C. & Lombardi, D. (2015) The challenges of defining and measuring student engagement in science. Educational Psychologist, 50(1), 1-13, DOI: 10.1080/00461520.2014.1002924


Journal Articles (refereed)

  • Sinatra, G. M., Kienhues, D. & Hofer, B.  (2014). Addressing challenges to public understanding of science: Epistemic cognition, motivated reasoning, and conceptual change. Educational Psychologist. DOI: 10.1080/00461520.2014.916216.

  • Lombardi, D., Seyranian, V. & Sinatra, G. M. (2014). Source effects and plausibility judgments when reading about climate change. Discourse Processes, 51(1-2), 75-92,DOI:10.1080/0163853X.2013.855049.

  • Cordova, J., Sinatra, G. M., *Broughton, S. H., & Taasoobshirazi, G. (2014). Self-efficacy, confidence in prior knowledge, and conceptual change. Contemporary Educational Psychology, 39,164-174. DOI: 10.1016/j.cedpsych.2014.03.006.

  • Sinatra, G. M. & Danielson, R. W. (2014). Adapting to a warmer climate of scientific communication. BioScience, 64(4), 275-276. DOI: 10.1093/biosci/biu023.

  • Sinatra, G. M. & Broughton, S. H. (2011). Bridging reading comprehension and conceptual change in science: the promise of refutation text. Reading Research Quarterly. 46(4), 374–393.

  • Johnson, M. & Sinatra, G. M. (2014). The influence of approach and avoidance goals on conceptual change. Journal of Educational Research. Online first published January 9, 2014, DOI: 10.1080/00220671.2013.807492.

  • Lombardi, D., Sinatra, G. M., & Nussbaum, E. M. (2013). Plausibility Reappraisals and Shifts in Middle School Students' Climate Change Conceptions. Learning and Instruction, 27, 50-62. doi: 10.1016/j.learninstruc.2013.03.001. 

  • Johnson, M. & Sinatra, G. M. (2012).  Use of Task-Value Instructional Inductions for Facilitating Engagement and Conceptual Change. Contemporary Educational Psychology, 30, 51-63. DOI: 10.1016/j.cedpsych.2012.09.003.

Edited Books

  • Sinatra, G. M. & Pintrich, P. R. (Eds.) (2003). Intentional Conceptual Change. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.

  • Harris, K., McCormick, C. B., Sinatra, G. M., & Sweller, J. (Eds.). (2012). Critical Theories and Models of Learning and Development Relevant to Learning and Teaching, Volume 1. In K. Harris & S. Graham (Eds). APA Educational Psychology Handbook Series. APA Publicationions.

Book Reviews

  • Sinatra, G. M. & Lombardi, D. (2013). Explanation, Discovery, and Conceptual Change - The Holy Trinity of the Scientific Enterprise: A Review of The Cognitive Science of Science by Paul Thagard. Science Education. Advance on - line publication. DOI 10.1002/sce.21062

Book Chapters

  • Sinatra, G. M. & Mason, L. (2013). Beyond knowledge: Learner characteristics influencing conceptual change (pp. 377-394).  In S. Vosniadou (Ed.).  International Handbook of Research on Conceptual Change (2nd edition). Netherlands:  Springer.

  • Sinatra, G. M. & Chinn, C. (2011).  Thinking and reasoning in science:  Promoting epistemic conceptual change.  In K. Harris, C. B. McCormick, G. M. Sinatra, & J. Sweller (Eds.).  Critical Theories and Models of Learning and Development Relevant to Learning and Teaching, Volume 1 (pp. 257-282). In K. Harris & S. Graham (Eds.). APA Educational Psychology Handbook Series.  APA Publications.

Scholarly Paper Presentations

  • Lombardi, D., Seyranian, V., & Sinatra, G. M. (2014). Source validity and plausibility perceptions about climate change. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Philadelphia, PA