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


EDUC 4388

TUteach Apprentice Teaching


EDUC 4389

Field Experience


EDUC 4802

TUteach Apprentice Teaching Seminar


MGSE 3405

Teaching and Learning Science in the Middle Grades


MGSE 5405

Teaching Science in the Middle Grades


MAES 4146

Teaching and Learning Mathematics in High School


MAES 4189

Project-Based Instruction


SCES 2189

Classroom Interactions


SCES 4189

Project-Based Instruction


MGRE 4108

Teaching and Learning Science in the Middle Grades


Selected Publications

  • 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

  • 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. 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

  • 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., 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

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

  • 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. 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. (2005). A contemporary review of K-16 astronomy education research. HIGHLIGHTS of ASTRONOMY, VOL 13, 13, pp. 1029-1031. Retrieved from

  • 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. (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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Bailey, J.M. 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. Portico. doi: 10.3847/aer2007028

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

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

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