ERC Postdoctoral Fellow
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Biographical Summary

Maria C. Olivares Pasillas received her PhD from the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies at UCLA. Her doctoral research focused on understanding whether and how emergent classroom norms and practices supported opportunities for students to learn richly with and about data through an analysis of the development of student learning identities. As an ERC fellow, Maria plans to continue her work on the development of STEM learning identities among non-dominant youth through continued analysis of her dissertation data, participation in research projects at TERC, and collaboration with members of the learning sciences community.

Selected Publications

Philip, T.M., Rocha, J., & Olivares-Pasillas, M. C. (2017). Supporting Teachers of Color as they Negotiate Classroom Pedagogies of Race: A Case Study of a Teacher’s Struggle with “Friendly-Fire” Racism. Teacher Education Quarterly 44(1), 59-79. 

Philip, T.M., Olivares-Pasillas, M.C., & Rocha, J. (2016). Becoming Racially Literate about Data and Data Literate about Race: Data Visualizations in the Classroom as a Site of Racial-Ideological Micro-Contestations. Cognition & Instruction 34(4), 361-388.  

 Philip, T.M. & Olivares-Pasillas, M.C. (2016). Learning Technologies and Educational Equity: Charting Alternatives to the Troubling Pattern of Big Promises with Dismal Results. Teachers College Record, Date Published: August 24, 2016 http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 21616.