About Me


I'm an Assistant Professor in the Department of Educational Foundations and Research (more info about the department http://education.und.edu/educational-foundations-and-research/) at the University of North Dakota. My research focuses on student learning and instructional design. For example, I have examined how student affect (e.g., mood, mindfulness, and motivation) relates to learning. I have been awarded a Scholarship of Teaching and Learning grant through the Society for the Teaching of Psychology to conduct an examination of in-class anxiety reduction exercises. A study on student attitudes towards group discussions has been published in Active Learning in Higher Education, you can view the video abstract:

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In addition, I conduct research related to the psychology of language. For examples, I have examined how words can be markers of psychological constructs (Clinton et al., 2016) and how the language in mathematics story problems relates to problem-solving performance (Walkington, Clinton, Ritter, & Nathan, 2015).

Promoting open-source educational resources is a passion of mine. Watch a video on my research on this topic:

YouTube Video


I have worked as a Research Associate at the Wisconsin Center for Education Research (WCER) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison with the National Center for Cognition and Mathematics Instruction (NCCMI; more info http://www.iesmathcenter.org/home/index.php). The purpose of NCCMI was to revise an existing middle school mathematics curriculum (Connected Math 2) based on cognitive science principles. In this work, I examined the application of cognitive science principles to understanding and improving student learning for both children and adults.  The specific role of our team at Wisconsin was to improve the integration of verbal and visual information. To learn more, please watch the professional development video (in the downloadable links named VM_nccmi_pd_withaudio.mp4).  In addition to my work on NCCMI's large-scale field trial, I conducted supplementary studies to investigate the comprehension of visual and verbal representations in mathematics using a variety of methodologies including eye-tracking, think-alouds, reading-time, as well as paper-and-pencil tasks.  

I have a guest blog post in The Learning Scientists about one of my studies here.

Here's a write-up about my research (and a bit about me) in the WCER monthly newsletter StaffSpotlight_VClinton.pdf

I can be reached at virginia dot clinton at gmail dot com  
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