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Michael M. Barger

  • Assistant Professor, Department of Educational Psychology

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325D Aderhold Hall
110 Carlton Street
Athens, Georgia 30602

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Research Interests

  • Motivation
  • STEM education
  • Parenting
  • Teaching
  • Student beliefs

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Research Summary

Students have many beliefs about what it takes to do well in school. In science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, many students hold beliefs that diminish their motivation towards those subjects. Beliefs like "I am not a math person," and "Science is just about memorizing facts," can prevent students from succeeding in these important, complex, and interesting fields. My research focuses on how educational beliefs develop in students (e.g., Barger & Linnenbrink-Garcia, 2017; Barger, Wormington, Huettel, & Linnenbrink-Garcia, 2016), and what parents and teachers can do to foster motivational beliefs that will help students succeed in their current classroom and beyond (e.g., Barger, 2018; Barger, Kim, Kuncel, & Pomerantz, 2019).


Degree Concentration Institution Year
PhD Developmental Psychology Duke University 2016
MA Developmental Psychology Duke University 2013
BS Psychology The Ohio State University 2011