Liberal Arts & Sciences Distinguished Professor, Co-Director of Learning Sciences Research Institute, Learning Sciences Research Institute, University of Illinois at Chicago
Jim Pellegrino is Liberal Arts and Sciences Distinguished Professor and Distinguished Professor of Education at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He also serves as Co-director of UIC's interdisciplinary Learning Sciences Research Institute. His research and development interests focus on children's and adult's thinking and learning and the implications of cognitive research and theory for assessment and instructional practice.
His current work is focused on analyses of complex learning and instructional environments to better model the nature of student learning and the conditions that enhance deep understanding. Pellegrino has served as head of several NAS/NRC study committees, including co-chair of the Committee on Learning Research and Educational Practice, and co-chair of the Committee on the Foundations of Assessment which issued the report Knowing What Students Know: The Science and Design of Educational Assessment. Most recently he served as a member of the Committee on Science Learning: Games, Simulations and Education. He is a past member of the Board on Testing and Assessment of the National Research Council and a lifetime member of the National Academy of Education.