Department of Psychology

Maureen Vandermaas-Peeler

Maureen Vandermass-PeelerProfessor of Psychology
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As students' academic performance in the United States continues to fall below peers in other industrialized nations, particularly in math and science, Maureen Vandermass-Peeler searches for informal learning opportunities for children. She investigates ways that young children learn math and science through nature play, gardening, cooking and visiting museum exhibits with parents. Her research interests also include sociocultural and global contexts of learning, undergraduate research mentoring, and ways that adults support young children’s learning. Additionally, she is conducting research on academic mentoring and high-impact engaged learning practices on college campuses.


Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology, North Carolina State University
B.A. in Psychology and French, Wake Forest University

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