ERNEST GOETZ
Professor Emeritus, Educational Psychology
Office#: 725B Harrington Office Building
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Retired
Primary Emphasis Area: Learning Sciences
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Office Hours
Monday     1-4
Thursday     1-4
Short Bio


My career has been motivated by the pursuit of psychological research and theory to improve our understanding of human learning, memory, motivation, and cognition; and subsequently to inform the practice of instruction. Pursuant to that goal, I received my doctoral degree in Experimental Psychology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and held faculty appointments at the Center for the Study of Reading and the Department of Educational Psychology there before joining Texas A&M. While at Illinois, I contributed to the establishment of the Center for the Study of Reading. At the time, the Reading Center was the largest federally funded, interdisciplinary research effort devoted to the study of reading in the middle grades and beyond. Research conducted there has been extremely influential in reading, and more broadly, in educational research and practice.

At Texas A&M, I continued the collaborative, interdisciplinary approach to research I learned at the Reading Center, examining student learning and memory, cognition and motivation. My initial research focus on text comprehension and memory expanded to include elaborative processes in comprehension (e.g., inferences based on prior knowledge), imaginative processes in reading (i.e., imagery and emotional response), and early language and literacy acquisition. Much of my recent work, done in collaboration with doctoral students I chaired, has examined the effects of educational technology.
Area(s) of Emphasis
Educational Psychology Foundations
Research Interests
Cognition and Instruction
Imagery and Emotion in Reading
Learning and Study Strategies
Motivation and Emotion
Text Comprehension and Memory
Publications (journal articles, books, book chapters)*

1. Merchant, Z., Goetz, E., Cifuentes, L., Keeney-Kennicutt, W., & Davis, T, J. (2014). Effectiveness of virtual reality-based instruction on students[48]19 learning outcomes in K-12 and higher education: A meta-analysis, Computers & Learning, 70, 29-40 *

2. Merchant, Z., Goetz, E., Keeney-Kennicutt, W., Kwok, O., Cifuentes, L., & Davis, T, J. (2013). Exploring 3-D virtual reality technology for spatial ability and chemistry achievement, Journal of Computer Assisted Learning, 29, 579-590 *

3. *Merchant, Z., Goetz, E., Keeney-Kennicutt, W., Kwok, O., Cifuentes, L., & Davis, T. J. (2012). The learner characteristics, features of desktop 3D virtual reality environments, and college chemistry instruction: A structural equation modeling analysis. Computers & Education, 59, 551- 568 *

4. Gonzalez, J. E., Goetz, E. T., Hall, R. H., Payne, T., Taylor, A. B., Kim, M., & McCormick, A. S. (2011). An evaluation of Early Reading First (ERF) preschool enrichment on language and literacy skills. Reading and Writing, 24, 253-284

5. Goetz, E. T. (2011). Dependent variables. In Ritzer, R. (Ed.), Concise encyclopedia of sociology (p. 678). Oxford, United Kingdom: Blackwell

6. Goetz, E. T. (in press). Dependent variables. In Ritzer, R. (Ed.), Concise Encyclopedia of sociology. Oxford, United Kingdom: Blackwell

7. Goetz, E. T. (2011). Independent variables. In Ritzer, R. (Ed.), Concise encyclopedia of sociology (p. 678). Oxford, United Kingdom: Blackwell

8. Goetz, E. T. (in press). Independent variables. In Ritzer, R. (Ed.), Concise Encyclopedia of sociology. Oxford, United Kingdom: Blackwell

9. Goetz, E. T. (2011). Measures of centrality. In Ritzer, R. (Ed.), Concise encyclopedia of sociology (p. 382-383). Oxford, United Kingdom: Blackwell

10. Goetz, E. T. (in press). Measures of centrality, outliers. In Ritzer, R. (Ed.), Concise Encyclopedia of sociology. Oxford, United Kingdom: Blackwell

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* Publication was joint-authored with students
Diss Publication was from a dissertation
ROS Publication was from a record of study

Courses Taught
Former Doctoral Students
Timothy Manning (Spring, 1999), Ph.D.
Jaleh Fatemi (Fall, 2004), Ph.D.
Christopher Duke (Spring, 2011), Ph.D.
Russell Warne (Spring, 2011), Ph.D.
Christina Shimek (Spring, 2012), Ph.D.
Zahira Merchant (Fall, 2012), Ph.D.
Tamara Paniagua (Spring, 2015), Ph.D.
Jacqueline Suzanne Turner (Spring, 2016), Ph.D.
Editorial Positions

Editorial Board Member (2009 - ). National Reading Conference Yearbook

Editorial Board Member (2007 - 2008). Reading World

Editorial Board Member (2003 - 2010). Reading Psychology

Editorial Board Member (2003 - 2009). Journal of Literacy Research

Editorial Board Member (2003 - 2008). Reading Research Quarterly

Professional Leadership/Service (International/National)

(1995-1996). Chair.  Palmer O. Johnson Memorial Award Committee of the American Educational Research Association

(1993). Chair of dissertation committee of Yeu Hong Kim.  International Reading Association Outstanding Dissertation of the Year Award Finalist

Awards

(2008). American Educational Research Association Fellow. 

(1995). Fellow.  Division 15 - Educational Psychology, American Psychological Association

(1992-present). Distinguished Research Fellow.  College of Education and Human Development, TAMU

(1983). Certificate of Research Achievement.  Instructional Research Laboratory, Texas A & M University

(1978). AERA Palmer O. Johnson Memorial Award.  Best research paper published by AERA: Anderson, R.C., Reynolds, R.E., Schallert, D.L., & Goetz, E.T. (1977). Frameworks for comprehending discourse. American Educational Research Journal, 14, 367-381.

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