PhD in Learning Sciences Alumni

PhD in Learning Sciences Alumni

Dor Abrahamson

Abrahamson, Dor

PhD, Learning Sciences , Northwestern University, 2004


Dissertation:

Keeping Meaning in Proportion: The Multiplication Table as a Case of Pedagogical Bridging Tools 2004

Eleanor Anderson

Anderson, Eleanor

BA, Linguistics, Yale University, 2006

PhD, Learning Sciences , Northwestern University, 2017


Dissertation:

Cultivating Safe and Supportive Schools: The Implementation of Restorative Justice Practices 2017

Eleanor Anderson is currently a Postdoctoral Fellow at SESP, working with the National Center for Research in Policy and Practice. Previously she was a PhD student in the Learning Sciences department. Before coming to Northwestern her experience working at youth-serving non-profits in New York City inspired an interest in the potentially complementary relationship between research and practice. Her current research interests draw on conceptual tools from the learning sciences, policy implementation, and organization science--especially institutional theory--to explore this connection in the arena of K-12 schooling. How are research-based programs and policies developed, translated, implemented, and scaled up? What modes of reinforcement and reproduction support persistence and change in existing practices? How might researchers work with teachers, school leaders and policymakers to better bridge the 'research-practice gap'? Her research draws on multiple methodologies to explore both micro- and macro-level processes and outcomes.

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Jessica Andrews

Andrews, Jessica

BS, Elementary Education, Winston-Salem State University, 2009

PhD, Learning Sciences , Northwestern University, 2014


Dissertation:

An Examination of Factors Influencing Erroneous Knowledge Acquisition in Collaborative Contexts 2014

Julie Baher

Baher, Julie

PhD, Learning Sciences , Northwestern University, 2000


Dissertation:

Constructing Teaching Practices Around Novel Technology: A Case Study of Three Instructors 2000

Megan Bang

Bang, Megan

PhD, Learning Sciences (Learning Sciences) , Northwestern University, 2009

Michael Barber

Barber, Michael

B.A., Colby College, 1997

M.Ed., Harvard University Graduate School of Education, 2000

PhD, Learning Sciences (Learning Sciences) , Northwestern University, 2014

Eric Baumgartner

Baumgartner, Eric

PhD, Learning Sciences , Northwestern University, 2000


Dissertation:

Science by Design: How Teachers Support Scientific Inquiry Through Design Projects 2000

Matthew Berland

Berland, Matthew

PhD, Learning Sciences (Learning Sciences) , Northwestern University, 2008


Dissertation:

VBOT: Motivating Computational and Complex Systems Fluencies with Constructionist Virtual/Physical Robotics 2008

Malayna Bernstein

Bernstein, Malayna

BA, English, Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT, 1997

MA, Learning Sciences, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL, 2002

PhD, Learning Sciences , Northwestern University, 2009


Dissertation:

At the Desk and on the Nightstand: Reading as a Mediating Artifact in Teachers Professional and Personal Lives 2009

Paulo Blikstein

Blikstein, Paulo

M. Eng., University of Sao Paulo, 2000

Engineer, University of Sao Paulo, 1998

Masters, MIT Media Lab, 2002

Visiting Scholar, MIT Media Lab, 2003

PhD, Learning Sciences , Northwestern University, 2009


Dissertation:

An Atom is known by the Company it keeps: Content, Representation and Pedagogy within the Epistemic Revolution of the Complexity Sciences 2009

Jonathan Boxerman

Boxerman, Jonathan

B.S. Earth Sciences, University of California, San Diego, 1999

M.S. Applied Geosciences, San Francisco State University, 2006

PhD, Learning Sciences (Learning Sciences) , Northwestern University, 2013


Dissertation:

Echoes from the field: An ethnographic investigation of outdoor science field trips 2013

Lawrence Brenninkmeyer

Brenninkmeyer, Lawrence

BA, Cognitive Science & Philosophy, Northwestern University, 2001

PhD, Learning Sciences , Northwestern University, 2009


Dissertation:

Expert and Typical School Principals: A Comprehensive Look at Expertise through Problem Solving 2009

Matthew Brown

Brown, Matthew

BA, History (High Honors, Phi Beta Kappa), Brown University, 1993

PhD, Learning Sciences , Northwestern University, 2002


Dissertation:

Teaching by Design: Understanding the Intersection Between Teacher Practice and the Design of Curricular Innovations 2002

Tiffany Chan

Chan, Tiffany

B.S. Cognitive Science, University of California, San Diego, 2001

PhD, Learning Sciences , Northwestern University, 2009


Dissertation:

Environmental Sustainability as a Generative Concern: An Exploratory Study of the Narrative Identities of Leaders in the Environmental Sustainability Movement 2009

Danny M. Cohen

Cohen, Danny M.

PhD, Learning Sciences , Northwestern University, 2011


Dissertation:

Historical narratives in tension: Holocaust educators' perceptions of victimhood 2011

Laura D'Amico

D'Amico, Laura

PhD, Learning Sciences , Northwestern University, 1999


Dissertation:

The Role of Assessment Infrastructures in Crafting Project-based Science Classrooms 1999

Lisa Bouillion Diaz

Diaz, Lisa Bouillion

B.A., St. Olaf College, 1992

PhD, Learning Sciences , Northwestern University, 2001


Dissertation:

Teachers' Locally-Mediated Sensemaking of an Instructional Design for "Real World" Learning: The Nature and Implication of Variation in Implementation 2001

Tracy Dobie

Dobie, Tracy

AB, Psychology, Princeton University, 2007

PhD, Learning Sciences , Northwestern University, 2016


Dissertation:

Middle School Students’ Conceptions of the Usefulness of Mathematics: A Sociocultural Approach to the Study of Utility Value 2016

Izabel Duarte Olson

Duarte Olson, Izabel

BA in Pedagogy, UERJ (Brazil), 2008

BA in Language Studies, UNESA, 2004

PhD, Learning Sciences (Learning Sciences) , Northwestern University, 2016

Julia Eksner

Eksner, Julia

Magistra Artium, Free University of Berlin, Department of Anthropology, 2001

Visiting Scholar, University of Chicago, Department of Anthropology, 1998

PhD, Learning Sciences , Northwestern University, 2007


Dissertation:

Self-Regulation in Context. An Ecocultural Perspective on Self-Regulation during Problem-Solving 2007

Barry Fishman

Fishman, Barry

PhD, Learning Sciences , Northwestern University, 1995


Dissertation:

High-End High School Communication: Tool Use Practices of Students in a Networked Environment 1995

Ravit Golan Duncan

Golan Duncan, Ravit

PhD, Learning Sciences , Northwestern University, 2005


Dissertation:

Reasoning in Molecular Genetics: From a Cognitive Model to Instructional Design 2005


Dissertation:

Reasoning in molecular genetics: From a cognitive model to instructional design. 2005

Douglas Gordin

Gordin, Douglas

PhD, Learning Sciences , Northwestern University, 1997


Dissertation:

Scientific Visualization as an Expressive Medium for Project Science Inquiry 1997

Richard Halverson

Halverson, Richard

PhD, Learning Sciences , Northwestern University, 2001


Dissertation:

Representing Phronesis: Supporting Instructional Leadership Practice in Schools 2001

Nathan Holbert

Holbert, Nathan

MAEd Instructional Process, Washington University, 2007

BS Chemistry Education, Greenville College, 2003

PhD, Learning Sciences (Learning Sciences) , Northwestern University, 2013

Diana Joseph

Joseph, Diana

PhD, Learning Sciences , Northwestern University, 2000


Dissertation:

The Passion Curriculum Design Approach: A Framework for the Design of Interest-Centered Curricula 2000

Heather Kay

Kay, Heather

PhD, Learning Sciences , Northwestern University, 2000

Danielle Keifert

Keifert, Danielle

BA, Special Major Astronomy Education, Swarthmore College, 2004

PhD, Learning Sciences , Northwestern University, 2015


Dissertation:

Young Children Participating in Inquiry: Moments of Joint Inquiry and Questioning Practices at Home and in School 2015

Moshe Krakowski

Krakowski, Moshe

PhD, Learning Sciences , Northwestern University, 2008


Dissertation:

Isolation and Integration: Education and Worldview Formation in Ultra-Orthodox Jewish Schools 2008

Leema Kuhn

Kuhn, Leema

PhD, Learning Sciences (Learning Sciences) , Northwestern University, 2008


Dissertation:

Understanding the Composite Practice that Forms when Classrooms Take up the Practice of Scientific Argumentation 2008

Samuel Kwon

Kwon, Samuel

BS, Electrical Science and Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1994

MS, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1994

PhD, Learning Sciences , Northwestern University, 2003


Dissertation:

Promoting Social Skill Development in a Community of Practice 2003

Eleni Kyza

Kyza, Eleni

Ed.M., Technology in Education , Harvard Graduate School of Education, 1996

B.Sc. Education, with a concentration in Educational Media & Technology, Boston University, 1993

Teacher's Diploma, Pedagogical Academy of Cyprus, 1991

PhD, Learning Sciences (Learning Sciences) , Northwestern University, 2004


Dissertation:

Understanding Reflection-in-Action: An Investigation into Middle-School Students' Reflective Inquiry Practices in Science and the Role That Software Scaffolding Can Play 2004

Victor Lee

Lee, Victor

BS, Cognitive Science with specialization in Human Computer Interaction, University of California, San Diego, 2001

BA, Mathematics/Applied Science, University of California, San Diego, 2001

PhD, Learning Sciences , Northwestern University, 2008


Dissertation:

Getting the Picture: A Mixed-Methods Inquiry into How Visual Representations are Interpreted by Students, Incorporated Within Textbooks, and Integrated into Middle-school Science Classrooms 2008

Sarah Levine

Levine, Sarah

MAT, University of Chicago, 1997

BA, Cornell University, 1992

PhD, Learning Sciences (Learning Sciences) , Northwestern University, 2013

Abraham Lo

Lo, Abraham

BA, Biology, University of Pennsylvania, 2002

MSEd, Secondary Science Education, University of Pennsylvania, 2003

PhD, Learning Sciences , Northwestern University, 2017


Dissertation:

Epistemic aims, considerations, and agency: Lenses for helping teachers analyze and support students’ meaningful engagement in scientific practices 2017


Master's Project:

Creating a Meaningful Learning Environment by Incorporating Students' Sociocultural Capital 2003

Abraham Lo earned his PhD in the Learning Sciences Department at Northwestern University and his BA and MSEd in Science Education from the University of Pennsylvania.  He has extensive curriculum design and professional development experience with both pre and in-service science teachers.  His research interests focus on designing curricular, instructional, and professional development supports for students’ meaningful use of scientific practices. His dissertation work examined the meaning that students and teachers apply to their use of scientific modeling to generate explanations of phenomena and the use of classroom video and cogenerative dialogues to help teachers learn to notice and account for aspects of classroom practice that are important for supporting students’ meaningful use of scientific practices.

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Ben Loh

Loh, Ben

PhD, Learning Sciences , Northwestern University, 2003


Dissertation:

Using Articulation and Inscription as Catalysts for Reflection: Design Principles for Reflective Inquiry 2003

Joyce Ma

Ma, Joyce

PhD, Learning Sciences , Northwestern University, 2001


Dissertation:

Perceptions of Feedback Systems: Learning an Expert Model through Comparison and Design 2001

Kimberli MacPherson

MacPherson, Kimberli

PhD, Learning Sciences (Human Development and Social Policy) , Northwestern University, 2006


Dissertation:

From Cases to Courses: A Methodology for Live Goal-based Scenario Design, and Design Principles for Creating Effective Live Goal-Based Scenarios 2006

Ananda Marin

Marin, Ananda

BA, Sociology, Yale University, 1998

Master in Public Policy, Harvard University, 2002

PhD, Learning Sciences , Northwestern University, 2013

Spiro Maroulis

Maroulis, Spiro

Masters in Public Policy, Harvard University, 1997

BSE, Civil Engineering and Public Policy Studies, Duke University, 1993

PhD, Learning Sciences , Northwestern University, 2009


Dissertation:

Agents, Networks, and Markets: Three Essays from a Complex Systems Perspective on Educational Change 2009

Gabrielle Matese

Matese, Gabrielle

PhD, Learning Sciences , Northwestern University, 2005


Dissertation:

A Cognitive Framework to Inform the Design of Professional Development Supporting Teachers' Classroom Assessment of Inquiry-Based Science 2005

Camillia Matuk

Matuk, Camillia

M.Sc. Biomedical Communications, University of Toronto, 2004

B.Sc. Biological Sciences, University of Windsor, 2002

OCGC, Computer Animation, The Sheridan Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning, 2004

A.R.C.T. Piano Performance, Royal Conservatory of Music, 2002

PhD, Learning Sciences (Learning Sciences) , Northwestern University, 2010


Dissertation:

Narratives in Mind and Media: A Cognitive Semiotic Account of Novices Interpreting Visual Science Media 2010


Master's Project:

The Plastic Brain: Understanding Cortical Reorganization during Motor Skills Acquisition using Computer Animation 2004

Kirsten Mawyer

Mawyer, Kirsten

BA, Geology & English, Amherst College, 1995

PhD, Learning Sciences (Learning Sciences) , Northwestern University, 2012

Steven McGee

McGee, Steven

MBA, Wheeling Jesuit University, 2000

PhD, Learning Sciences , Northwestern University, 1995


Dissertation:

Designing Curricula Based on Science Communities of Practice 1995

Aki Murata

Murata, Aki

PhD, Learning Sciences , Northwestern University, 2002


Dissertation:

A Descriptive Analysis of Japanese Grade 1 Students Learning to Add by Making Tens: 9 + 4= 10 & 3 2002

Kevin O'Neill

O'Neill, Kevin

PhD, Learning Sciences , Northwestern University, 1997


Dissertation:

Engaging Science Practitioners, Engaging Science Practice: Design Experiments in K-12 Telementoring 1997

Nichole Pinkard

Pinkard, Nichole

PhD, Learning Sciences , Northwestern University, 1998


Dissertation:

Leveraging Background Knowledge: Using Popular Music to Build Beginning Readers' Reading Skills 1998

Virginia Pitts

Pitts, Virginia

BS, Industrial Engineering and Management, Oklahoma State University, 1988

PhD, Learning Sciences , Northwestern University, 2006


Dissertation:

Do Students Buy In? A Study of Goal and Role Adoption by Students in Project-Based Curricula 2006

Joseph Polman

Polman, Joseph

PhD, Learning Sciences , Northwestern University, 1997


Dissertation:

Guiding Science Expeditions: The Design of a Learning Environment for Project-Based Science 1997

Josh Radinsky

Radinsky, Josh

PhD, Learning Sciences , Northwestern University, 2000


Dissertation:

Making Sense of Complex Data: A Conceptual Framework for Studying Students' Development of Reflective Inquiry Dispositions 2000

Kay Ramey

Ramey, Kay

BA, Psychology and Art Theory & Practice, Northwestern University, 2007

MA, Social Sciences, University of Chicago, 2010

PhD, Learning Sciences (Learning Sciences) , Northwestern University, 2017


Dissertation:

FUSE Studios: Bringing Interest-driven, Integrated-STEAM Learning into Schools via Makerspaces 2017

Todd Reimer

Reimer, Todd

PhD, Learning Sciences , Northwestern University, 2003


Dissertation:

Examining High School Students' Patterns of Visible Participation in a Political Community of Learners 2002

Enid Rosario Ramos

Rosario Ramos, Enid

B.A. Psychology, Universidad de Puerto Rico, 2003

PhD, Learning Sciences (Learning Sciences) , Northwestern University, 2011


Dissertation:

Literacy for social change: Looking at critical literacy in institutional practice, classroom instruction, and adolescents' critical examination of texts 2011

Ken Rose

Rose, Ken

BA, Psychology, Clark University, 1986

MA, Education: Human Development, Northeastern University, 1993

PhD, Learning Sciences , Northwestern University, 2004


Dissertation:

Using Assessment Conversations to Promote Teacher and Student Learning 2004

Erica Rosenfeld Halverson

Rosenfeld Halverson, Erica

PhD, Learning Sciences , Northwestern University, 2004


Dissertation:

Telling, Adapting and Performing Personal Stories: Understanding Personality Development and Literacy Learning for Stigmatized Youth 2004

William Sandoval

Sandoval, William

PhD, Learning Sciences , Northwestern University, 1998


Dissertation:

Inquire to Explain: Structuring Inquiry Around Explanation Construction in a Technology-Supported Biology Curriculum 1998

Jennifer Schwarz-Ballard

Schwarz-Ballard, Jennifer

PhD, Learning Sciences , Northwestern University, 2005


Dissertation:

Content and Curriculum Coherence in Middle School Science 2005

Pratim Sengupta

Sengupta, Pratim

M.S., Physics, Northwestern University, 2003

PhD, Learning Sciences (Learning Sciences) , Northwestern University, 2009


Dissertation:

Designing Across Ages: Multi-Agent Based Models and Learning Electricity 2009

Ryan (Ben) Shapiro

Shapiro, Ryan (Ben)

PhD, Learning Sciences , Northwestern University, 2010

Gregory Shrader

Shrader, Gregory

BS, Education, Villanova University, 1990

MS, Communication, Cornell University, 1995

PhD, Learning Sciences, Northwestern University, 2000

PhD, Learning Sciences , Northwestern University, 2000


Dissertation:

Design Research for the Living Curriculum 2000

Brian Smith

Smith, Brian

PhD, Learning Sciences , Northwestern University, 1998


Dissertation:

Making Movies: Explaining Behavior Using Video as Data 1998

Anika Spratley

Spratley, Anika

MA, English Education, Teachers College, Columbia University, 1994

BA, English, Spelman College, 1993

PhD, Learning Sciences , Northwestern University, 2009


Dissertation:

Figuring Out the Figurative: Understanding and Teaching Symbolism in Literary Texts 2009

Mike Stieff

Stieff, Mike

PhD, Learning Sciences , Northwestern University, 2004


Dissertation:

A Localized Model of Spatial Cognition in Chemistry 2004

Iris Tabak

Tabak, Iris

PhD, Learning Sciences , Northwestern University, 1999


Dissertation:

Unraveling the Development of Scientific Literacy: Domain-Specific Inquiry Support in a System of Cognitive and Social Interactions 1999

Carrie Tzou

Tzou, Carrie

PhD, Learning Sciences , Northwestern University, 2008


Dissertation:

Inquiry Science as a Discourse: New Challenges for Teachers, Students, and the Design of Curriculum Materials. 2008

Elizabeth van Es

van Es, Elizabeth

BA, Teaching of English, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, 1992

PhD, Learning Sciences , Northwestern University, 2004


Dissertation:

Learning to Notice: The Development of Professional Vision for Reform Pedagogy 2004

Lisa Walker

Walker, Lisa

PhD, Learning Sciences , Northwestern University, 2003


Dissertation:

From Science Fair to Project-Based Science: A Study of the Implementation of an Innovation through an Existing Activity System 2003

Michelle Wilkerson-Jerde

Wilkerson-Jerde, Michelle

BA Mathematics, University of San Diego, 2005

BA Diversified Liberal Arts (Elementary Education), University of San Diego, 2005

PhD, Learning Sciences (Learning Sciences) , Northwestern University, 2011


Dissertation:

The DeltaTick Project: Learning Quantitative Change in Complex Systems with Expressive Technologies 2011

Le Zhong

Zhong, Le

PhD, Learning Sciences , Northwestern University, 2006


Dissertation:

Cognitive Strategies to Enhance Client Satisfaction: An Analysis of How Expert Consultants Learn and Address Client Needs 2006