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Director of Strategic Research and Innovation, Center for Technology in Learning
Phil Vahey, Ph.D. is Director of Strategic Research and Innovation in SRI International's Center for Technology in Learning (CTL). Vahey's research examines the design and use of technology-based systems that enhance the learning of conceptually difficult STEM concepts, as well as how to scale up the use of these systems.
His research has focused on the use of computer-based dynamic representations for making foundational concepts in mathematics accessible to a diverse middle school student population, and the use of media and games for making ideas in Math, Science, and Computational Thinking more accessible for preschool children. Vahey leads CTL's SunBay Digital Mathematics Projects, the Ready to Learn evaluation, 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.
- B.S. in mathematics and computer science from McGill University,
- M.A. in Education from UC Berkeley.
- Ph.D. in Education from UC Berkeley.
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).