The ERC Postdoctoral Fellowship in Education Program has been formally active since 2005, with nine Fellows overall and it has become an important path in TERC’s commitment to create a socially just STEM educational system for underserved communities.
As a non-profit R&D organization, TERC is uniquely positioned to provide intensive support to early career scholars in a non-competitive environment. Past fellows have successfully pursued a broad range of professional trajectories in academia, non-profit educational R&D/social services, and research and policy consulting.
The ERC Fellowship Committee is delighted to announce our Fellows for 2017-19, Dionne Champion and Maria Olivares Pasillas.
Dionne Champion will be receiving her PhD in the Learning Sciences at Northwestern University School of Education. Her research has focused on the design and ethnographic study of learning environments that blend STEM and creative embodied learning activities, particularly for children who have experienced feelings of marginalization in STEM. She is interested in understanding the ways these populations draw on their everyday practices and use their bodies as resources.
Maria C. Olivares Pasillas is receiving received her PhD from the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies at UCLA. Her Her doctoral research focused on data literacy that drew on her interdisciplinary background, personal experience as a first generation Latina graduate student, and her passion for social justice. She studied the classroom participation structure that emerged in a piloted introduction to a high school data science course, examining the classroom norms and practices that emerged and how they shaped 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 this work through analyzing and writing about her dissertation data and expanding her research through an additional studyher 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.
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