Associate Professor & STEM Program Coordinator
Office & Hours
Office: SZB 462C
The University of Texas at Austin
Curriculum & Instruction
1 University Station
Austin, TX 78712-0379
UT Mail Code: D5700
Research: Developer of generative design to support group-based, socially mediated, STEM focused classroom learning for grades three through university. Developer of highly interactive network technologies to support generative learning and teaching. Innovation, especially computationally based, related to having young learners understand advanced topics, and systems-based approaches, in STEM domains (e.g., integrating learning calculus and learning "the basics" in elementary school or learning entropy ideas at the same time that energy-related conservation ideas are introduced). Modeling approaches to school reform. Formal critic of, and developer of scalable, STEM-focused, alternatives to, current high-stakes testing methodologies. Funding has come from the National Endowment for the Humanities (philosophy), the National Science Foundation (including a CAREER Award), Ministries of Education in Mexico, as well as from various private foundations and corporations.
Teaching: Served on the original Executive Steering Committee that brought the now nationally recognized UTeach Natural Sciences and Engineering teacher certification program into existence (UTeach is now scaling, with external funding, to more the 30 colleges and universities in the US). Developed first version of, and continues to teach, the Knowing and Learning in STEM Education course as well as the Classroom Interactions course in the UTeach program. Has taught elementary science and mathematics methods courses (including the Bilingual Education Cohort). Was a teacher of record for almost ten years and worked for the Algebra Project in inner city Boston before being recruited to Texas. Teaches a number of graduate courses including the capstone course, Systemic Reform in STEM Education.
Research Interests and Expertise
Generative design for group-situated learning and teaching, evaluation and modeling systemic reform especially in under-served contexts, the early learning of advanced mathematics (e.g., calculus) and science (e.g., entropy, complexity theory), development of network-mediated group learning environments and technologies, and the interaction of cognitive research, policy and domain-specific insight.