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ERC Research Scientist

Biographical Summary

Maria C. Olivares 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. Previously a postdoctoral fellow in ERC, Maria is continuing lines of inquiry with a focus on minoritized youth, equity, authority distribution, and the role of computation and new learning technologies in STEM identity development in formal and informal learning environments. She is currently a member of the Chèche Konnen Center and co-PI for Re-Making STEM, a study aimed at developing a teacher professional development model for integrating computational making practices into teachers’ home disciplines.