In the news November 17, 2020
Computational thinking in preschool: What, why and how
Phil Vahey, Director of Strategic Research and Innovation for Education, worked with Digital Promise on their exciting new app for early learners
Journal Article July 31, 2020
From the static to the dynamic: Teachers’ varying use of digital technology to support conceptual learning in a curricular activity system
Dynamic representational technologies (DRTs), influenced by the seminal work of James Kaput and colleagues, have been in use in mathematics classrooms for decades. In this paper, we analyze 24 classrooms in the United States where teachers support students’ conceptual learning…
Phil J. Vahey
Phil Vahey, PhD, is director of Strategic Research and Innovation at SRI Education. In this role he works with industry and other partners to bring research findings, results, and knowledge...
December 1, 2018
Generalizability of a Technology-Based Intervention to Enhance Conceptual Understanding in Mathematics
Three previously reported experiments found that a technology-enhanced intervention increased student conceptual understanding of mathematics in Texas. To investigate generalizability to broader populations and settings, we triangulate among three methods....
Journal Article May 9, 2018
The evidence based curriculum design framework: Leveraging diverse perspectives in the design process
The ubiquity of touchscreen, mobile tablet technology has resulted in a plethora of “apps for learning” yet few leverage the learning sciences as a design driver. This paper describes our approach to integrating the learning sciences with best practices in…
Tech Report March 1, 2018
What parents talk about when they talk about learning: A national survey about young children and science
This study used a nationally representative parent survey, combined with in-depth interviews and home visits with a smaller sample of families, to learn how parents of young children, particularly low-income...
Conference Paper June 1, 2015
Early Math with Gracie & Friends (Tm) Demo: App-Infused Curriculum and Teacher Support for Preschool
This paper describes the Early Math with Gracie & Friends™ preschool math curriculum based on the four-year, National Science Foundation-funded Next Generation Preschool Math project. Our team developed and published...
Article March 1, 2015
Scaling a Technology-Based Innovation: Windows on the Evolution of Mathematics Teachers’ Practices
This paper reports research on effects on teachers’ classroom practices resulting from their engagement in sustained professional development and classroom teaching of a resource that embeds carefully designed dynamic technology...
Article February 1, 2014
Teaching and Assessing Foundational Data Literacy
It is in the public interest for the citizenry to be more data literate. A more data literate citizenry is likely to be a more informed citizenry, and an informed...
Chapter January 1, 2014
Designing Geospatial Exploration Activities To Build Hydrology Understanding In Middle School Students
Article October 1, 2013
Cornerstone Mathematics: Designing Digital Technology for Teacher Adaptation and Scaling
We report the results of a design-based research project in England that embeds digital technology. The research followed from two phases in the USA: (1) a design phase that used...
Chapter October 1, 2013
Sustainable Use of Dynamic Representational Environments: Toward a District-Wide Adoption of SimCalc-Based Materials
In this chapter, we will discuss pilot research in our multiyear effort aimed at aiding a large, urban school district in the state of Florida to adopt SimCalc MathWorlds® as...