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Shelley Goldman

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Shelley Goldman

Professor (Teaching) Emerita

Assistant: Jesse Rivas


Professor Goldman is an educational anthropologist interested in the idea that learning takes place when students are actively engaged with each other, their teachers, and others in conversations, activities, content, and technologies. She is very interested in the power of real-world contexts to drive learning, and researches how people learn in and out of school. Goldman’s work focuses on creating opportunities for rich STEM learning, and for understanding how design thinking and technologies can create access and be transformational. Current work includes broadening participation in STEM via family activities, design-based engagements, and through empathy work with scientists doing outreach.

Other Titles

Emeritus (Active) Professor, Graduate School of Education
Member, Maternal & Child Health Research Institute (MCHRI)

Program Affiliations

Race, Inequality, and Language in Education (RILE)
SHIPS (PhD): Anthropology of Education

Research Interests

Assessment, testing and measurement | Brain and Learning Sciences | Curriculum and Instruction | Gender Issues | Parents and family issues | Research Methods | Science Education | Technology and Education

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Recent Publications

Luce, M. R., Goldman, S., & Vea, T. (2017). Designing for Family Science Explorations Anytime, Anywhere. SCIENCE EDUCATION, 101(2), 251–77.

Sorcar, P., Strauber, B., Loyalka, P., Kumar, N., & Goldman, S. (2017). Sidestepping the Elephant in the Classroom: Using Culturally Localized Technology to Teach Around Taboos. PROCEEDINGS OF THE 2017 ACM SIGCHI CONFERENCE ON HUMAN FACTORS IN COMPUTING SYSTEMS (CHI'17), 2792–2804.

Goldman, S., & Kabayadondo, Z. (2017). TAKING DESIGN THINKING TO SCHOOL How the Technology of Design Can Transform Teachers, Learners, and Classrooms. TAKING DESIGN THINKING TO SCHOOL: HOW THE TECHNOLOGY OF DESIGN CAN TRANSFORM TEACHERS, LEARNERS, AND CLASSROOMS, 3–19.

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