Social Research Methodologies

Michelle Hoda Wilkerson

I am a learning scientist whose work explores computational literacy, with special focus on how young people learn about scientific computing tools such as computer simulation, data visualization, or statistical analysis packages.

As part of this, I conduct research and design software that allows youth to author simulations and visualizations by building on familiar expressive activities such as storytelling or sketching. I am especially interested in giving learners experience with these tools in ways that are tightly connected to, and therefore feasible within, the existing K-12...

Anne E. Cunningham, Professor

Anne Cunningham is a faculty member in the Learning Sciences and Human Development Cluster and also serves as the UCB Director of the Joint Doctoral Program in Special Education. She is a developmental scientist known for her research on literacy and development across the life span in which she examines the cognitive and motivational processes underlying reading ability and the interplay of context, development, and literacy instruction. Dr. Cunningham has been awarded several prestigious research fellowships from the National Academy of Education, National Science Foundation, and ...

David Stevens

David Stevens is a doctoral student in the Social Research Methodologies cluster at the UC Berkeley School of Education. His research interests center on the development of alternative models for educational data analysis and their practical applications including informing instructional practices; program evaluation; school funding and resource allocation; and targeted student interventions.

His work is informed by his years as a high school science, math and Special Education teacher as well as time doing research, evaluation, and assessment at the district...

Tolani Britton

Tolani Britton uses quasi-experimental methods to explore the impact of policies on students’ transition from secondary school to higher education, as well as access and retention in higher education. Recent work explores whether the disproportionate increase in incarceration of Black males for drug possessions and manufacture increased gaps in college enrollment rates by race and gender over two time periods- after the passage of the Anti-Drug Act from 1986 - 1993 and after the passage of the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act from 1995 - 2000.

Prior to earning her...

Zachary A. Pardos

Dr. Pardos is an Associate Professor of Education at UC Berkeley studying adaptive learning and AI. His current research focuses on knowledge representation and recommender systems approaches to increasing upward mobility in postsecondary education using behavioral and semantic data.

He earned his PhD in Computer Science at Worcester Polytechnic Institute with a dissertation on computational models of cognitive mastery. Funded by a National Science Foundation Fellowship (GK-12), he spent extensive time with K-12 educators and students working to integrate educational technology into...

Joshua Sussman

Joshua Sussman is a researcher at the Berkeley Evaluation and Assessment Research (BEAR) Center. His research examines the design, implementation, and effects of classroom and large-scale assessments; in particular those assessments that help teachers understand and support learning and development in early and middle childhood. He uses generalized latent variable modeling and hierarchical modeling in quantitative and mixed-methods studies.

Interests and Professional Affiliations

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Shruti Bathia

Shruti's research focuses on exploring inequalities in education. She believes that the undeniable relationship between racial inequalities and educational inequalities represents a societal failure that betrays the spirit of humanity. She is looking at macro issues such as racial and economic segregation in schools in United States; and micro issues such as the effect of stereotype threat on educational outcomes.

Prior to UC Berkeley, she worked at Hewlett Packard as a Business Analyst. While at HP, she was teaching at a school where a majority of the students received free or...

Andrew Galpern

Andrew Galpern started his career teaching at Jefferson Elementary School and has worked as a classroom teacher; curriculum developer; program evaluator; and educational researcher. His current research interests include: assessment literacy; teacher education; assessment in Science and Math; design and validation studies; simulation design; and the intersection of assessment and technology.

He has collaborated with researchers at Educational Testing Service (ETS); WestEd; the Berkeley Evaluation and Assessment Research Center; Stanford University; Haas School of...

Julian Levine

Julian Levine grew up in Berkeley, and has lived here most of his life. He completed his undergraduate degree in economics at UC San Diego (with a minor in psychology). After that, he spent a few years working as an English instructor in Seoul, and volunteering with TNKR (Teach North Korean Refugees). He has studied several languages (Korean, Japanese, Spanish, et al.) to varying degrees of proficiency and is interested in helping others to learn languages efficiently, and enjoy the process. He currently works as a math tutor at the Athletic Study Center at UC Berkeley. In his free time,...