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




EDUC 4388

TUteach Apprentice Teaching


EDUC 4389

Field Experience


EDUC 4802

TUteach Apprentice Teaching Seminar


SCES 2189

Classroom Interactions


SCES 4189

Project-Based Instruction


SCES 5415

Tchg Sci Sec Sch Tchrs


SCES 5713

L&T Hi Sch Bio/Phys/Chem


MGRE 4108

Teaching and Learning Science in the Middle Grades


MAES 2189

Classroom Interactions


MAES 4189

Project-Based Instruction


MAES 5471

Teaching of Mathematics


Selected Publications

  • 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. American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT). 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. American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT). 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