Dr. Janelle M. Bailey's research interests include both in-service and pre-service science teacher education as well as astronomy education, and spans a range of K-16. Most recently, she is co-principal investigator with Doug Lombardi of a $2.3M grant from the National Science Foundation on helping high school students better evaluate the connections between evidence and explanations in earth science. Bailey is the past president of the American Association of Physics Teachers, a member of the editorial board for the Journal of College Science Teaching, and a guest editor for a focused collection on astronomy education research for Physical Review Physics Education Research. Bailey teaches classes in secondary science education and has taught elementary science methods as well as introductory astronomy in the past.

Research Interests

  • Science Education
  • Teacher Education/Development
  • Faculty Development

Courses Taught




EPSY 8627

Introduction to Research Design and Methods


EPSY 8825

Advanced Data Analysis: Mixed Methods


MGSE 2189

Classroom Interactions


MGSE 3405

Teaching and Learning Science in the Middle Grades


MGSE 5146

Teaching Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Through Project Based Instruction


MGSE 5405

Teaching Science in the Middle Grades


Selected Publications

  • McLaughlin, J.A. & Bailey, J.M. (2022). Students need more practice with spatial thinking in geoscience education: a systematic review of the literature. STUDIES in SCIENCE EDUCATION. doi: 10.1080/03057267.2022.2029305

  • Lombardi, D., Shipley, T.F., Bailey, J.M., Bretones, P.S., Prather, E.E., Ballen, C.J., Knight, J.K., Smith, M.K., Stowe, R.L., Cooper, M.M., Prince, M., Atit, K., Uttal, D.H., LaDue, N.D., McNeal, P.M., Ryker, K., John, K.S., Kraft, K.J.v.d.H., & Docktor, J.L. (2021). The Curious Construct of Active Learning. Psychological Science in the Public Interest, 22(1), pp. 8-43. doi: 10.1177/1529100620973974

  • Bailey, J.M., Jamani, S., Klavon, T.G., Jaffe, J., & Mohan, S. (2021). Climate crisis learning through scaffolded instructional tools. Educational and Developmental Psychologist. doi: 10.1080/20590776.2021.1997065

  • Vieyra, R.E., Bailey, J.M., Lopez, R.E., & McAuliffe, C. (2020). Integration of Earth and space science contexts for teaching physics. Physics Education, 55(5). doi: 10.1088/1361-6552/ab9f92

  • Lombardi, D. & Bailey, J.M. (2020). Science strategy interventions. In Handbook of Strategies and Strategic Processing (pp. 177-194). doi: 10.4324/9780429423635-11

  • Dobaria, A.S., Bailey, J.M., & Coble, K. (2020). Impacts of a course-based undergraduate research experience in introductory astronomy using robotic telescopes. Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning Conference, CSCL, 4, pp. 2395-2396.

  • Chung-Parsons, R. & Bailey, J.M. (2019). The hierarchical (not fluid) nature of preservice secondary science teachers’ perceptions of their science teacher identity. Teaching and Teacher Education, 78, pp. 39-48. doi: 10.1016/j.tate.2018.11.007

  • Lombardi, D., Bailey, J.M., Bickel, E.S., & Burrell, S. (2018). Scaffolding scientific thinking: Students’ evaluations and judgments during Earth science knowledge construction. Contemporary Educational Psychology, 54, pp. 184-198. doi: 10.1016/j.cedpsych.2018.06.008

  • Coble, K., Conlon, M., & Bailey, J.M. (2018). Investigating undergraduate students' ideas about the curvature of the Universe. Physical Review Physics Education Research, 14(1). doi: 10.1103/PhysRevPhysEducRes.14.010144

  • Bailey, J.M. & Plummer, J.D. (2018). Editorial: Focused Collection: Astronomy Education Research. Physical Review Physics Education Research, 14(1). doi: 10.1103/PhysRevPhysEducRes.14.010004

  • Bailey, J.M. (2018). 2018 AAPT Award Citations at the Winter Meeting, San Diego, CA. American Journal of Physics, 86(3), pp. 165-168. doi: 10.1119/1.5023385

  • Lombardi, D., Bickel, E.S., Bailey, J.M., & Burrell, S. (2018). High school students’ evaluations, plausibility (re) appraisals, and knowledge about topics in Earth science. Science Education, 102(1), pp. 153-177. doi: 10.1002/sce.21315

  • Maher, P.A., Bailey, J.M., & Tucka, A.M. (2018). Teaching Process Skills to Pre-Engineers using Situated Learning-A Case Study. International Journal of Engineering Pedagogy, 8(5), pp. 121-147. doi: 10.3991/ijep.v8i5.9036

  • Bailey, J.M., Lombardi, D., Cordova, J.R., & Sinatra, G.M. (2017). Meeting students halfway: Increasing self-efficacy and promoting knowledge change in astronomy. Physical Review Physics Education Research, 13(2). doi: 10.1103/PhysRevPhysEducRes.13.020140

  • Bailey, J.M. (2017). 2017 AAPT Award Citations at the Summer Meeting, Cincinnati, Ohio. American Journal of Physics, 85(12), pp. 892-895. doi: 10.1119/1.5012738

  • Conlon, M., Coble, K., Bailey, J.M., & Cominsky, L.R. (2017). Investigating undergraduate students' ideas about the fate of the Universe. Physical Review Physics Education Research, 13(2). doi: 10.1103/PhysRevPhysEducRes.13.020128

  • Lopez, R.E., Ambrose, B.S., Bailey, J.M., Cid, X.C., Vieyra, R.E., & Willoughby, S.D. (2017). Connecting undergraduate instruction to the 2017 solar eclipse. Physics Teacher, 55(4), pp. 250-251. doi: 10.1119/1.4978732

  • Bailey, J.M. & Lombardi, D. (2015). Blazing The Trail For Astronomy Education Research. Journal of Astronomy & Earth Sciences Education (JAESE), 2(2), p. 77. doi: 10.19030/jaese.v2i2.9512

  • Rehmat, A.P. & Bailey, J.M. (2014). Technology Integration in a Science Classroom: Preservice Teachers’ Perceptions. Journal of Science Education and Technology, 23(6), pp. 744-755. doi: 10.1007/s10956-014-9507-7

  • Coble, K., Camarillo, C.T., Trouille, L.E., Bailey, J.M., Cochran, G.L., Nickerson, M.D., & Cominsky, L.R. (2013). Investigating student ideas about cosmology I: Distances and structure. Astronomy Education Review, 12(1). doi: 10.3847/AER2012038

  • Trouille, L.E., Coble, K., Cochran, G.L., Bailey, J.M., Camarillo, C.T., Nickerson, M.D., & Cominsky, L.R. (2013). Investigating student ideas about cosmology III: Big bang theory, expansion, age, and history of the universe. Astronomy Education Review, 12(1). doi: 10.3847/AER2013016

  • Coble, K., Nickerson, M.D., Bailey, J.M., Trouille, L.E., Cochran, G.L., Camarillo, C.T., & Cominsky, L.R. (2013). Investigating student ideas about cosmology II: Composition of the universe. Astronomy Education Review, 12(1). doi: 10.3847/AER2012039

  • Bailey, J.M. (2013). A Single Sky: How an International Community Forged the Science of Radio Astronomy, by David P. D.Munns. The MIT Press, Cambridge, MA, USA, 2013. xi + 247 pp. ISBN 978-0-262-01833-3. Science Education. doi: 10.1002/sce.21082

  • Maher, P.A., Bailey, J.M., Etheridge, D.A., & Warby, D.B. (2013). Preservice Teachers' Beliefs and Confidence After Working With STEM Faculty Mentors: An Exploratory Study. Teacher Education & Practice, 26(2), pp. 266-284. Retrieved from

  • McLin, K.M., Coble, K., Bailey, J.M., & Cominsky, L.R. (2013). Using the big ideas in cosmology to teach college students. In J. Barnes, C. Shupla, J.G. Manning, & M.G. Gibbs (Eds.), Communicating science : a national conference on science education and public outreach, 473 (pp. 109-116). San Francisco, CA: Astronomical Society of the Pacific. Retrieved from

  • Oakley, D.J. & Bailey, J.M. (2013). Research into student learning experiences in architectural structures classes: A multiyear systematic study. 6TH INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE of EDUCATION, RESEARCH and INNOVATION (ICERI 2013), pp. 2653-2662. Retrieved from

  • Bailey, J.M., Coble, K., Cochran, G., Larrieu, D., Sanchez, R., & Cominsky, L.R. (2012). A Multi-Institutional Investigation of Students’ Preinstructional Ideas About Cosmology. Astronomy Education Review, 11(1). doi: 10.3847/aer2012029

  • Bailey, J.M., Johnson, B., Prather, E.E., & Slater, T.F. (2012). Development and Validation of the Star Properties Concept Inventory. International Journal of Science Education, 34(14), pp. 2257-2286. doi: 10.1080/09500693.2011.589869

  • Bailey, J.M. & Nagamine, K. (2012). Experiencing conceptual change about teaching: A case study from astronomy. American Journal of Physics, 80(6), pp. 542-551. doi: 10.1119/1.3699064

  • Coble, K., Cominsky, L.R., McLin, K.M., Metevier, A.J., & Bailey, J.M. (2012). Using the Big Ideas in Cosmology to Teach College Students. CONNECTING PEOPLE to SCIENCE: a NATIONAL CONFERENCE on SCIENCE EDUCATION and PUBLIC OUTREACH, 457, pp. 49-+. Retrieved from

  • Wallace, C.S. & Bailey, J.M. (2010). Do Concept Inventories Actually Measure Anything? Astronomy Education Review, 9(1). doi: 10.3847/aer2010024

  • Shupla, C.B., Shipp, S.S., Shultz, G., Pomeroy, R., Bailey, J.M., Asti, P., Chambers, L.H., Slater, T.F., Slater, S.J., Stork, D., Smith, D.A., & Waller, W.H. (2010). Building a Community of Faculty for Teacher Preparation in Earth and Space Science Education. SCIENCE EDUCATION and OUTREACH: FORGING a PATH to the FUTURE, 431, pp. 233-236. Retrieved from

  • Bailey, J.M., Prather, E.E., Johnson, B., & Slater, T.F. (2009). College Students’ Preinstructional Ideas About Stars and Star Formation. Astronomy Education Review, 8(1). doi: 10.3847/aer2009038

  • Bailey, J.M. (2009). Concept inventories for ASTRO 101. Physics Teacher, 47(7), pp. 439-441. doi: 10.1119/1.3225503

  • Reinfeld, E.L., Bailey, J.M., Harman, P., & Lee, M.H. (2008). Professional Development in the International Year of Astronomy: Expanding the Universe in the Classroom. PREPARING for the 2009 INTERNATIONAL YEAR of ASTRONOMY: a HANDS-ON SYMPOSIUM, 400, pp. 91-+. Retrieved from

  • Bailey, J.M. (2007). Development of a Concept Inventory to Assess Students’ Understanding and Reasoning Difficulties about the Properties and Formation of Stars. Astronomy Education Review, 6(2), pp. 133-139. doi: 10.3847/aer2007028

  • Bruning, D., Bailey, J.M., & Brissenden, G. (2006). SABER: The Searchable Annotated Bibliography of Education Research in Astronomy. Astronomy Education Review, 5(2), pp. 177-181. doi: 10.3847/aer2006025

  • Bailey, J.M. & Slater, T.F. (2005). Resource Letter AER-1: Astronomy education research. American Journal of Physics, 73(8), pp. 677-685. doi: 10.1119/1.1949630

  • Bailey, J.M. & Slater, T.F. (2005). A contemporary review of K-16 astronomy education research. HIGHLIGHTS of ASTRONOMY, VOL 13, 13, pp. 1029-1031. Retrieved from

  • Bailey, J.M. & Slater, T.F. (2005). A contemporary review of K-16 astronomy education research. In Teaching and Learning Astronomy: Effective Strategies for Educators Worldwide, 9780521842624 (pp. 58-65). doi: 10.1017/CBO9780511614880.011

  • Bailey, J.M. & Slater, T.F. (2004). Finding the Forest Amid the Trees: Tools for Evaluating Astronomy Education and Public Outreach Projects. Astronomy Education Review, 3(2), pp. 47-60. doi: 10.3847/aer2004016

  • Prather, E.E., Slater, T.F., Adams, J.P., Bailey, J.M., Jones, L.V., & Dostal, J.A. (2004). Research on a Lecture-Tutorial Approach to Teaching Introductory Astronomy for Non–Science Majors. Astronomy Education Review, 3(2), pp. 122-136. doi: 10.3847/aer2004019

  • Bailey, J.M., Prather, E.E., & Slater, T.F. (2004). Reflecting on the history of astronomy education research to plan for the future. Advances in Space Research, 34(10 SPEC. ISS.), pp. 2136-2144. doi: 10.1016/j.asr.2003.01.038

  • Bailey, J.M. & Slater, T.F. (2003). A Review of Astronomy Education Research. Astronomy Education Review, 2(2), pp. 20-45. doi: 10.3847/aer2003015

  • Bailey, J.M. & Slater, T.F. (2002). Impact of national standards on research equipment in the classroom. Physics Teacher, 40(2), pp. 78-80. doi: 10.1119/1.1457309

  • Bianchini, A., Skidmore, W., Bailey, J.M., Howell, S., & Canterna, R. (2001). The dwarf nova binary system BV puppis. Astronomy and Astrophysics, 367(2), pp. 588-596. doi: 10.1051/0004-6361:20000446

  • Bailey, J.M. (2000). On the nature of moonquakes. Physics Teacher, 38(9), pp. 522-523. doi: 10.1119/1.1341938

  • Dobaria, A., Bailey, J.M., Klavon, T.G., & Lombardi, D. Students’ Scientific Evaluations of Astronomical Origins. Astronomy Education Journal. Our Solar Siblings. doi: 10.32374/aej.2022.2.1.032ra