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Roy Pea


Roy Pea is David Jacks Professor of Education & Learning Sciences at Stanford University, School of Education, and Computer Science (Courtesy), and Director of the H-STAR Institute, Wallenberg Hall, 450 Serra Mall, Bldg. 160, Stanford, CA 94305; His studies and publications in the learning sciences focus on advancing theories, research, tools and social practices of technology-enhanced learning of complex domains, including his role as Co-Director and Co-PI of the NSF-funded LIFE Center, which seeks to develop and test principles about the social foundations of human learning in informal and formal environments with the goal of enhancing human learning from infancy to adulthood. He is also founder and Director of Stanford’s PhD program in Learning Sciences and Technology Design. He is co-author of the 2010 National Education Technology Plan for the US Department of Education, co-editor of Video Research in the Learning Sciences (2007), and co-author of the National Academy of Sciences book: How People Learn (2000). He is a Fellow of the National Academy of Education, Association for Psychological Science, the American Educational Research Association, and the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences. In 2004-2005, Roy was President of the International Society for the Learning Sciences. Roy served from 1999-2009 as a Director for Teachscape, a teacher professional development services company he co-founded with CEO Mark Atkinson.

Other Titles

Professor, Graduate School of Education
Professor (By courtesy), Computer Science
Faculty Affiliate, Institute for Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence (HAI)
Member, Wu Tsai Neurosciences Institute

Program Affiliations

Learning Sciences and Technology Design (LSTD)
Race, Inequality, and Language in Education (RILE)

Research Interests

Brain and Learning Sciences | Child Development | Collaborative Learning | Data Sciences | Diversity and Identity | Leadership and Organization | Race and Ethnicity | Science Education | Teachers and Teaching | Technology and Education

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Recent Publications

de Royston, M. M. K., Lee, C., Nasir, N. S., & Pea, R. (2020). Rethinking schools, rethinking learning. PHI DELTA KAPPAN, 102(3), 8–13.

Nasir, N., Lee, C., Pea, R., & Mckinney de Royston, M. (Eds.). (2020). Handbook of the Cultural Foundations of Learning. Routledge.

Blikstein, P., Kafai, Y., & Pea, R. (2019). Mike Eisenberg: A One of a Kind Pioneer in the Learning Sciences. JOURNAL OF THE LEARNING SCIENCES.

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