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Washington State University
College of Education

Kira Carbonneau

Kira Carbonneau

Department Chair
Kinesiology and Educational Psychology
Associate Professor
Educational Psychology
Pullman campus
Cleveland hall 360
Pullman, WA  99164


Curriculum Vitae
Research Gate

Research Interests

Kira Carbonneau is a graduate of the Educational Psychology program from the University of New Mexico. Her research examines issues at the intersection of cognitive theory and classroom application and includes interests associated with: cognitive principles of instructional methods, instructional manipulatives in early childhood education, mathematics education, executive functioning, self-regulation, and embodiment. Kira’s most recent research assesses the efficacy of manipulative-based instructional strategies within elementary classrooms.

Teaching Interests

Dr. Carbonneau teaches courses related to learning theories, embodied cognition, statistics, and quantitative research methods.

Selected Recent Publications

Lemberger-Truelove, M., Carbonneau, K.J., & Selig, J.P. (In Press). The Role of Social-Emotional Mediators on Middle School Students’ Academic Growth as Fostered by an Evidence-based Intervention. Journal of Counseling and Development.

McCutchen, K. L., Jones, M. H., Carbonneau, K. J., & Mueller, C. E.  (2016). Mindset and Standardized Testing over Time. Learning and Individual Differences. 45. doi: 10.1016/j.lindif.2015.11.027

Carbonneau, K.J. & Marley, S.C. (2015). Do Realistic Manipulatives Moderate the Effect of Instruction on Preschool Children’s Learning? Journal of Experimental Education. 83 (3) doi:10.1080/00220973.2014.989306.

Carbonneau, K. J., Marley, S. C., & Selig, J. P. (2013). A meta-analysis of the efficacy of teaching mathematics with concrete manipulatives. Journal of Educational Psychology, 105(2), 380–400. doi:10.1037/a0031084.