The crystallization kinetics of glasses obtained from coal fly ash was investigated by both isothermal and non-isothermal methods using differential thermal analysis (DTA) data. In DTA experiments, glass samples having coarse(800-1000 mu m) and fine (<180 mu m) particle sizes were used and the results were compared. The Avrami exponent (n) was calculated by means of Johnson-Mehl-Avrami (JMA) and Ozawa equations. Calculated kinetic parameters indicated that the appropriate crystallization mechanisms were bulk and surface crystallization for coarse and fine particles, respectively. Isothermal and non-isothermal DTA experiments showed that the crystallization activation energies of coarse glasses are changed in the range of 444-578 kJ/mol, while the crystallization activation energies of fine glasses are changed in the range of 610-662 kJ/mol. It was found that crystallization activation energies of fine glasses are higher than those of the coarse glasses. Results showed that isothermal and non-isothermal crystallization kinetics of glasses produced from coal fly ash is in agreement within the experimental error. (C) 2009 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.