Angela Murray

Primary office:
Capitol Federal Hall, 2172
University of Kansas


Academic Areas

Marketing and Educational Research

Joined the University of Kansas graduate faculty in 2008

Current Activities

In addition to teaching research methods and statistics courses, Dr. Murray also serves as director for the KU Center for Montessori Research [] and as the senior researcher for the American Montessori Society []. Her research consulting experience has involved strategic research consulting, research design, statistical analysis, qualitative analysis, and report writing. Clients have spanned a number of industries such as telecommunications, education, personal care, packaged goods and home improvement products. She is experienced in a range of research methods and statistical techniques, such as ethnography, factor analysis, multiple regression, and structural equation modeling.

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

  • Founding Editor for Journal of Montessori Research.
  • Ad hoc reviewer for Montessori Life.
  • Primary investigator for the Brady Education Foundation Montessori Research Initiative


  • Ph.D. in Psychology and Research in Education, Anthropology minor, University of Kansas (2008)
  • M.S.Ed in Psychology and Research in Education, University of Kansas (2005)
  • MBA (Concentration in Marketing), University of Texas Arlington (1992)
  • BBA in Marketing, University of Texas Arlington (1990)


I teach marketing, research and statistics courses in the School of Business and the School of Education.

Selected Publications

Trainor, A., Morningstar, M., & Murray, A. (2016). Characteristics of transition planning and services for students with high-incidence disabilities [Journal Articles]. Learning Disability Quarterly, 39(2), 113–124.
Trainor, A. T., Murray, A. K., & Kim, H. J. (2016). English learners with disabilities in high school: Population characteristics, transition programs, and postschool outcomes [Journal Articles]. Remedial and Special Education, 37(3), 146–158.
Morningstar, M. E., Trainor, A. A., & Murray, A. K. (2015). Examining outcomes associated with adult life engagement for young adults with high incidence disabilities [Journal Articles]. Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation, 43(3), 195–208.
Laski, E. V., Jor’dan, J. R., Daoust, C., & Murray, A. K. (2015). What makes mathematics manipulatives effective? Lessons from cognitive science and Montessori education [Journal Articles]. SAGE Open, 5(2).

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