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Cynthia M. D'Angelo
Senior Education Researcher, Center for Technology in Learning
Cynthia D’Angelo, Ph.D., is a senior researcher specializing in science education, simulations, games, and learning in SRI International's Center for Technology in Learning. Her work is focused on leveraging large amounts of data gathered through online learning environments, simulations (including VR applications), and games to better understand how students learn science and other STEM concepts and practices.
D’Angelo is currently the principal investigator on a National Science Foundation grant that is focused on developing speech-based learning analytics to better understand how students collaborate while working on interactive STEM tasks. Other current work revolves around the analysis and development of Next Generation Science Standards-aligned curriculum, teacher professional development, and assessments.
D'Angelo's background is in physics and science education. Before joining SRI, she was research director of the Epistemic Games Group at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, working with David Williamson Shaffer. Previously, she was a research assistant at Arizona State University. Her dissertation work at Arizona State University with Douglas Clark involved examining how students’ understanding of vectors, vector addition, and Newtonian mechanics was mediated by representations and scaffolding questions in a specially designed physics game called SURGE.
D’Angelo holds a B.S. degree in physics/astrophysics from the University of California, San Diego, an M.S. degree in physics and a Ph.D. in science education from Arizona State University.