Degarmo

Dr. Steve Croker

Associate Professor
  • CURRENT COURSES
  • RESEARCH INTERESTS
  • Development of scientific reasoning
    Cognitive dynamics
    Knowledge and understanding of health and illness
  • Ph D Psychology - 2004
  • University of Nottingham
  • Nottingham, UK
  • Dissertation/Thesis topic: Modelling the optional infinitive hypothesis
  • MS Intelligent Systems - 1998
  • University of Nottingham
  • Nottingham, UK
  • Dissertation/Thesis topic: Honeybee Navigation: A Comparison of Two Models of Landmark Use
  • BA Communication Studies - 1995
  • Nottingham Trent University
  • Nottingham, UK
  • SELECTED PUBLICATIONS
  • Schwichow, M., Zimmerman, C., Croker, S., & Härtig, H. (2016). What students learn from hands-on activities. Journal of Research in Science Teaching, ,53, 980-1002.
  • Schwichow, M., Croker, S., Zimmerman, C., Höffler, T., & Härtig, H. (2016). The control-of-variables strategy: A meta-analysis. Developmental Review, 39, 37-63.
  • Croker, S. & Knibb, R. C. (2016). The role of outcome and experience in hypothesis testing about food allergy. Health Psychology Update, 25, 17-26.
  • Croker, S., Jordan, J. S., Schloesser, D., & Cialdella, V. (2015). The effects of racial similarity and dissimilarity on the joint Simon task. In D. C. Noelle, R. Dale, A. S. Warlaumont, J. Yoshimi, T. Matlock, C. D. Jennings, & P. P. Maglio (Eds.) Proceedings of the 37th Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society (pp. 489-494). Austin, TX: Cognitive Science Society.
  • Zimmerman, C. & Croker, S. (2014). Cognitive dynamics on the balance scale task. In P. Bello, M. Guarini, M. McShane, & B. Scassellati (Eds.), Proceedings of the 36th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society (pp. 3161-3166). Austin, TX: Cognitive Science Society.
  • Zimmerman, C. & Croker, S. (2014). A prospective cognition analysis of scientific thinking and the implications for teaching and learning science. Journal of Cognitive Education and Psychology, 13, 245-257.
  • Morris, B.J., Croker, S., Zimmerman, C., Gill, D., & Romig, C. (2013). Gaming science: The “gamification” of scientific thinking. Frontiers in Psychology, 4, Article 607.doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2013.00607

  • Zimmerman, C. & Croker, S. (2013). Learning science through inquiry. In G. Feist & M. Gorman (Eds.), Handbook of the Psychology of Science. Springer.
  • Morris, B. J., Croker, S., Masnick, A. M., & Zimmerman, C. (2012). The emergence of scientific reasoning. In H. Kloos, B. J. Morris, & J. L. Amaral (Eds.), Current Topics in Children's Learning and Cognition. Rijeka, Croatia: InTech.
  • Croker, S. (2012). The development of cognition. Cengage.
  • Richardson, M., Jones, G., Croker, S. & Brown, S. (2011). Identifying the task characteristics that predict children’s construction task performance. Applied Cognitive Psychology, 25, 377-385.
  • Croker, S. & Buchanan, H. (2011). Scientific reasoning in a real world context: The effect of prior belief and outcome on children's hypothesis testing strategies. British Journal of Developmental Psychology, 29, 409-424.
  • Croker, S. & Maratos, F. A. (2011). Visual processing speeds in children. Child Development Research, vol. 2011, Article ID 450178, 6 pages. doi:10.1155/2011/450178
  • PRESENTATIONS
  • Bueno, D. & Croker, S. (2016, February). Coordination dynamics and intervention outcomes in Autism. National Association of School Psychologists 2016 Annual Convention. New Orleans, LA
  • Reiher, J., Croker, S. & Zimmerman, C. (2016, February) Predicting parent endorsement of evidence-based interventions for children with ASD. National Association of School Psychologists 2016 Annual Convention. New Orleans, LA
  • Bueno, D. & Croker, S. (2015, October). Coordination dynamics and intervention outcomes in Autism. Cognitive Development Society Ninth Biennial Meeting. Columbus, OH
  • Knibb, R. C., Croker, S., & Stalker, C. (2015, September). Knowledge of the causes and management of food allergy is poor in children and adolescents with and without food allergy. British Society for Allergy and Clinical Immunology 2015 Annual Meeting. Telford, UK.
  • Croker, S., Jordan, J. S., Schloesser, D., & Cialdella, V. (2015, July). The effects of racial similarity and dissimilarity on the joint Simon task. 37th annual meeting of the Cognitive Science Society.
  • Croker, S., & Jordan, J. S. (2015, July). Social constraint: Joint action reduces response complexity. 4th bi-annual meeting of the Society for Complex Systems in Cognitive Science. Pasadena, CA.
  • Croker, S., & Jordan, J. S. (2015, July). Social constraint: Joint action reduces response complexity. 6th bi-annual Joint Action Meeting. Budapest, Hungary.
  • Knibb, R. C., Croker, S., & Stalker, C. (2015, June). “Their tummys don´t really suit that food”: Children and young teenagers’ understanding of food. European Academy of Allergy and Clinical Immunology 2015 Annual Congress. Barcelona, Spain.
  • Croker, S., Schloesser, D., Hunter, C., Cialdella, V., & Jordan, J. S. (2015, May). Effects of racial similarity and dissimilarity on joint action. Midwestern Psychological Association Annual Meeting. Chicago, USA.
  • FUNDED GRANTS
  • Illinois State University Impact Award
  • Illinois State University
  • 2015
  • Psi Chi & Student Psychology Association Outstanding Faculty Member of the Year 2014-2015
  • Psi Chi & Student Psychology Association
  • 2015
  • British Psychological Society Division of Health Psychology Travel Award
  • British Psychological Society
  • 2014
  • Psi Chi & Student Psychology Association Outstanding Faculty Member of the Year 2013-2014
  • Psi Chi & Student Psychology Association
  • 2014
  • Fellow of the Center for Mathematics, Science, & Technology, Illinois State University
  • 2012
  • Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society
  • 2011
  • Society for Research in Child Development International Travel Award
  • 2009
  • Chartered Psychologist
  • British Psychological Society
  • 2008
  • High Rise Certificate in Leadership and Management
  • 2008
  • Most Inspirational Lecturer Award
  • Psychology Department, University of Derby
  • 2008
  • Gertrude Cropper Scholarship Award (University Endowed Scholarship Award)
  • University of Nottingham
  • 2001
  • University of Nottingham Research Scholarship
  • 1998