STEM Education Center



Tamara Moore

Associate Professor

STEM Education Ctr/CEHD
320B LES

1954 Buford Ave
Tel: 765-496-9030

Office hours:
by appointment

Affiliated faculty of the STEM Education Center
Learning and Environmental Sciences Building

Ph.D., Purdue University
mathematics/engineering education

My research and teaching interests are centered on the integration of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) concepts in mathematics, science, and engineering classrooms. Getting students interested in STEM fields while at the same time providing them with rich learning experiences is challenging. In order to address this challenge, my research agenda has been focused on learning and teaching problem solving and modeling through the context of engineering. I believe that providing students with realistic contexts in which to learn mathematics and science furthers their interest in these subjects. Because of my belief that teaching mathematics should be tied to a context, I have been developing curricular tools and researching professional development in this area.

I am an affiliated member of the faculty here at the University of Minnesota. My primary appointment is in the School of Engineering Education at Purdue University. See my personal webpage at for more information about my research.


Selected Publications

  1. Tank, K.M., Pettis, C., Moore, T.J., & Fehr, A. (2013). Designing animal habitats with kindergartners: Hamsters, picture books, and engineering design. Science and Children, 50(9), 59-63.

  2. Moore, T.J., Miller, R.L., Lesh, R.A., Stohlmann, M.S., & Kim, Y.R. (2013). Modeling in engineering: The role of representational fluency in students’ conceptual understanding. Published in the special issue on Representation in Engineering. Journal of Engineering Education, 102(1), 141-178.

  3. Stohlmann, M., Moore, T.J., & Roehrig, G. (2012). Considerations for teaching integrated STEM education. Journal of Pre-College Engineering Education Research, 2(1), 28-34.

  4. Roehrig, G.H., Moore, T.J., Wang, H.-H., & Park, M.S. (2012). Is adding the E enough?: Investigating the impact of K-12 engineering standards on the implementation of STEM integration. School Science and Mathematics, 112(1), 31-44.

  5. Wang, H.-H., Moore, T.J., Roehrig, G.H., & Park, M.S. (2011). STEM integration: The impact of professional development on teacher perception and practice. Journal of Pre-College Engineering Education Research, 1(2), 1-13.

  6. Stohlmann, M.S., Moore, T.J., McClelland, J., & Roehrig, G.H. (2011). Year-long impressions of a middle school STEM integration program. Middle School Journal, 43(1), 32-40.

  7. Hjalmarson, M.A., Moore, T.J., & delMas, R. (2011). Statistical analysis when the data is an image: Eliciting student thinking about sampling and variability. Statistics Education Research Journal, 10(1), 15-34.

  8. Moore, T.J. & Hjalmarson, M.A. (2010). Developing measures of roughness: Problem solving as a method to document student thinking in engineering. International Journal of Engineering Education, 26(4), 820-830.

  9. Moore, T.J. (2008). Model-Eliciting Activities: A case-based approach for getting students interested in material science and engineering. Journal of Materials Education, 30(5-6), 295 - 310. Published on the National Science Foundation’s National Science Digital Library (NSDL) in the Materials Digital Library (MatDL) accessed at

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