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Washington State University
College of Education

Andy Cavagnetto


Andy Cavagnetto

Associate Professor

Science Education
Pullman campus
Cleveland Hall 236B
Pullman, WA  99164


Curriculum Vitae
Immersive Science Lab website


Teaching/professional interests

Andy Cavagnetto is on faculty at the Washington State University Department of Teaching and Learning and the WSU School of Biological Sciences. He teaches ED_MTHSC 584: Research on Teaching Mathematics and Science, BIO/SCI 430: Methods in Teaching Science, TCH LRN 371/572: Teaching Elementary Science.

Research interests

I am interested in construction and critique of argument as students pose questions, gather data, and negotiate evidence-based claims. I study how teachers create these environments and how students engage in them. Over the past few years this had led me to focus on environmental factors influencing whole class cooperation, how such environments influence engagement in argumentation, and subsequent impact on student outcomes.

Recent Publications

  • Premo, J., Cavagnetto, A., & Lamb, R. (2017). The Cooperative Classroom Environmen Measure (CCEM): Refining a Measure that Assesses Factors Motivating Student Prosociality. International  Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 1-21.
  • Cavagnetto, A. R., & Kurtz, K. J. (2016). Promoting Students’ Attention to Argumentative Reasoning Patterns. Science Education, 100(4), 625-644.
  • Hand, B., Cavagnetto, A., Chen, Y. C., & Park, S. (2016). Moving Past Curricula and Strategies: Language and the Development of Adaptive Pedagogy for Immersive Learning Environments. Research in Science Education, 46(2), 223-241.
  • Adesope, O. O., Cavagnetto, A., Hunsu, N. J., Anguiano, C., & Lloyd, J. (2016). Comparative Effects of Computer-Based Concept Maps, Refutational Texts, and Expository Texts on Science Learning. Journal of Educational Computing Research, 0735633116654163.
  • Lamb, R., Cavagnetto, A., Adesope, O., Yin, L., French, B., & Taylor, M. (2016). Artificially intelligent systems in education a tool for the future. In R. Lamb & D.D. McMahon (Eds.), Educational and Learning Games: New Research. New York, NY: NOVA Publishing.

Educational background

  • Ph.D. Science Education, University of Iowa, 2006.
  • M.S. Education, Emphasis: Science, University of Wisconsin River Falls, 2001.
  • B.S. with Honors, Major: Biology, Minor: Chemistry, University of Wisconsin Eau Claire, 1998.