National Math Advisory Board


David Klahr

David Klahr, Ph.D.

David Klahr is the Walter Van Dyke Bingham Professor of Cognitive Development and Education Science at Carnegie Mellon University and a member of the National Academy of Education. He is currently the director of an interdisciplinary training project in education research funded by the Institute for Education Sciences and a member of the Pittsburgh Science of Learning Center, funded by the National Science Foundation. He analyzes complex cognitive processes in diverse areas, and pioneered the application of information processing analysis to questions of cognitive development. His recent research addresses the thinking processes supporting children's understanding of the fundamental principles underlying scientific thinking, and includes both basic research with pre-school children and more applied classroom studies of how elementary school children learn about experimental science. He served on the National Research Council's Committees that produced Knowing What Students Know (2001), Advancing Scientific Research in Education (2004), and Taking Science to School (2007), all published by the National Academies Press. He also serves on the governing board of the Cognitive Development Society and as a member of the advisory panel of the McDonnell Foundation's program in bridging brain, mind and behavior. He has published about 100 research papers and several books. He received his undergraduate degree in electrical engineering from M.I.T., and his Ph.D. in organizations and social behavior from the Graduate School of Industrial Administration at Carnegie Mellon University.