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Phil Vahey

Director of Mathematics Learning Systems, Center for Technology in Learning

Phil Vahey, Ph.D. is director of mathematics learning systems in SRI International's Center for Technology in Learning (CTL). Vahey's research examines the design of technology-based systems that enhance the learning of conceptually difficult mathematics, as well as how to scale up the use of these systems.

His recent research has focused on the use of computer-based representations for making the mathematics of change accessible to a diverse middle school student population and the use of tablet computers for preschool children. He is also researching how students can increase their data literacy through cross-disciplinary learning activities. Vahey leads CTL's Cornerstone and SunBay Digital Mathematics Projects, the Thinking With Data initiative, and is the SRI lead on the Next Generation Preschool Math project.

He has been a senior contributor to other projects, including the Next Generation Preschool Science Project, the SimCalc project, the Evaluation of Early Elementary Mathematics Curricula project, and CTL's commercial efforts.

Education

  • B.S. in mathematics and computer science from McGill University,
  • M.A. in Education from UC Berkeley.
  • Ph.D. in Education from UC Berkeley.

Professional Experience

Prior to joining SRI, Vahey was a research assistant at the University of California, Berkeley and an engineering manager at FileMaker, Inc. (an Apple subsidiary, was Claris Corporation).

Current Projects

Selected Past Projects

Phil Vahey, Center for Technology in Learning