Marketing and Educational Research
BBA Marketing, University of Texas Arlington (1990)
MBA Marketing, University of Texas Arlington (1992)
MSEd Psychology and Research in Education, University of Kansas (2005)
PhD Psychology and Research in Education, Anthropology minor, University of Kansas (2008)
Joined the University of Kansas graduate faculty in 2008
I teach marketing, research and statistics courses in the School of Business and the School of Education. My areas of interest include:
- Marketing Research Quantitative and Qualitative Methods
- Educational Research Quantitative and Qualitative Methods
I am a research consultant working with a number of organizations, including Linkage Research, the American Montessori Society and the Center for Research on Learning at KU. My responsibilities include strategic research consulting, research design, statistical analysis, qualitative analysis, and report writing. My clients represent a number of industries such as telecommunications, education, personal care, packaged goods and home improvement products. I am experienced in a range of research methods and statistical techniques, including ethnography, factor analysis, multiple regression, and structural equation modeling. My prior experience includes 15 years as a researcher at American Century Investments.
Selected Publications and Professional Presentations
Murray, A. K. (2012). Public knowledge of Montessori education. Montessori life 24(1).
Murray, A. K. and Bagby, J. (2012). School of Education Faculty Perceptions of Montessori Education_Preliminary Findings. American Montessori Society Annual Research Poster – Accepted.
Trainor, A. A., Morningstar, M. E., & Murray, A. (2012, April). A secondary analysis of the NLTS2: Examining the relationships between expectations, opportunities, and postsecondary life engagement. Lecture presentation at the Spring State of Science Conference of the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Disability Statistics and Demographics, Washington DC.
Murray, A. K., Damore, S. J. and Bagby, J. (2012). Capitalizing on research to bolster the Montessori message. American Montessori Society Annual Conference Pre-conference Workshop – Invited.
Murray, A., K. (2011). "Overview of research on Montessori education: An evidence-based curriculum." American Montessori Society Research Committee white paper.
Murray, A. K. (2011). Montessori elementary philosophy reflects current motivation theories. Montessori Life, 23(1), p. 22 – 33.
Trainor, A., Morningstar, M., and Murray, A. K. (2011). A secondary analysis of the NLTS2: Examining the relationships between expectations, opportunities, and postsecondary life engagement. 16th International Conference of the Division of Career Development and Transition—Accepted.
Murray, A., K. (2010). "Challenges of Montessori research." American Montessori Society Research Committee White Paper.
Murray, A. K., Bagby, J. and Sulak, T. (2010). Research 101: Understanding educational research. Montessori Life, 22(4), p. 35-39
Murray, A. K. and Peyton, V. (2009). Public perceptions of Montessori education. American Montessori Society Annual Conference workshop – Accepted.
Murray, A. K. (2008). Ethnography. In Encyclopedia of Educational Psychology (Vol. 1, pp. 366-367). Thousand Oaks: Sage Publications, Inc.
Murray, A. K. (2006). Survey finds public programs struggling but optimistic. Public School Montessorian, 70.
Other Professional Activities
Ad hoc reviewer for Montessori Life.
Ad hoc reviewer for Journal of Research in Childhood Education.
Editor for American Montessori Society Research Committee White Paper Series