Areej Mawasi

PhD Candidate in Learing, Literacies, and Technologies

Learning and Tech Researcher, Writer, and Educator


amwassi@asu.edu

Twitter: @areejmws

Linkedin: @ Areej Mawasi
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#Bio

I am a PhD Candidate in Learning, Literacies, and Technologies at Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College, Arizona State University. I work at Center for Science and the Imagination and I will be defending my dissertation by May 2021. I am a Fulbright Scholar, a fellow of the Interdisciplinary Enrichment Fellowship, and a fellow of Spirit of Service at ASU. I earned my master's degree in Educational Technology at ASU in 2017. During my graduate studies, my work has been supported by two NSF research grants, Fulbright scholarship, and ASU merit-based grants.

Prior to ASU, I worked in informal education settings teaching in gifted education programs, community-based settings, and digital media. I study and write about learning, technology and digital media, equity, and STEM ethics for both academic audiences and public. I earned my bachelor’s degree at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in Business Administration and Education.


#Research

In my interdisciplinary work, I focus on the intersection of learning sciences, technologies and digital media, design-based methods, and critical STEM (ethics, equity, and social-political-historical dimensions of STEM). I draw on multiple paradigms in learning theory and methodologies to: (1) understand ways to design equity-oriented learning environments that help learners, educators, and researchers engage in socio-political dimensions of STEM and (2) design learning environments mediated by technology and digital media to support interactive engagement and participation of learners and educators. In my work, I use mixed methods design-based approaches to design, implement, and understand learners behavior as they interact with artifacts (e.g., ways artifacts like technology, digital media, hands-on activities can or can not mediate learning across settings). A second focus is examining participation and engagement in learning activities through diverse lenses (e.g., ways power dynamics manifest in environments and shape learners and educators engagement in these spaces; interactive and collaborative learning). A third focus is building and strengthening research-practice partnerships with organizations through participatory and co-design methods. 

#What I Do

  • Cognitive and sociocultural learning research 
  • Technology study and development
  • Qualitative and quantitative inquiry
  • Design-based research 
  • Interaction design and analysis
  • Media production and development
  • Instructional design 
  • UX research


#Methods I Use

  • Mixed methods research  
  • Qualitative inquiry (including: case study, survey design, interviews, focus groups, participatory design, contextual analysis, affinity diagramming, content analysis)
  • Quantitative methods: regression, ANOVA, survey design, measurement development, factor analysis
  • Design-based research methods at different scales and settings

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

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Under review manuscripts are omitted for blind peer review 


PEER REVIEWED BOOK CHAPTERS


Aguilera, E., Stewart, O. G., Mawasi, A., & Cortés, L. E. (2020). Seeing Beyond the Screen: A Multidimensional Framework for Understanding Digital-Age Literacies. In P. Sullivan, J. Lantz, & B. Sullivan (Eds.), Handbook of Research on Integrating Digital Technology with Literacy Pedagogies (pp. 1-31). Hershey, PA: IGI Global. doi:10.4018/978-1-7998-0246-4.ch001


REFEREED CONFERENCE PAPERS IN PROCEEDINGS


Mawasi A., Wylie, R., Gee, E. (2020, Accepted). Learners’ Perceptions of Participating in STEM Hands-On Activities in an Out-Of-School Community-Based Organization Program. Connected Learning 2020. Full research paper. To appear in CLS2020 Proceedings published by the Carnegie Mellon ETC Press.


Nagy, P., Mawasi A., Wylie, R. (2020, Accepted). Narrative-based Hands-On Activities for Science and Science Ethics Education: The Frankenstein200 Experience. Connected Learning 2020. To appear in CLS2020 Proceedings published by the Carnegie Mellon ETC Press.


Mawasi, A., Ahmed, I., Walker, E., Wang, S., Marasli, Z., Whitehurst, A., & Wylie, R. (2020). Using Design-Based Research to Improve Peer Help-Giving in a Middle School Math Classroom. In Gresalfi, M. and Horn, I. S. (Eds.), The Interdisciplinarity of the Learning Sciences, 14th International Conference of the Learning Sciences (ICLS) 2020, Volume 2 (pp. 1189-1196). Nashville, Tennessee: International Society of the Learning Sciences.


Mawasi, A., Aguilera, E., Wylie, R., & Gee, E. (2020). Neutrality, “New” Digital Divide, and Openness Paradox: Equity in Learning Environments Mediated by Educational Technology. In Gresalfi, M. and Horn, I. S. (Eds.), The Interdisciplinarity of the Learning Sciences, 14th International Conference of the Learning Sciences (ICLS) 2020, Volume 3 (pp. 1617-1620). Nashville, Tennessee: International Society of the Learning Sciences.


Mawasi, A., Nagy, P., & Wylie, R. (2020). Systematic Literature Review on Narrative-Based Learning in Educational Technology Learning Environments (2007-2017). In Gresalfi, M. and Horn, I. S. (Eds.), The Interdisciplinarity of the Learning Sciences, 14th International Conference of the Learning Sciences (ICLS) 2020, Volume 3 (pp. 1213-1220). Nashville, Tennessee: International Society of the Learning Sciences.


Nagy, P., Mawasi, A., & Wylie, R. (2020). Fostering Science Identity Through Transmedia Storytelling: A Mixed-Methods Approach. In Gresalfi, M. and Horn, I. S. (Eds.), The Interdisciplinarity of the Learning Sciences, 14th International Conference of the Learning Sciences (ICLS) 2020, Volume 2 (pp. 873-874). Nashville, Tennessee: International Society of the Learning Sciences.


Ahmed, I., Mawasi, A., Wang, S., Wylie, R., Bergner, Y., Whitehurst, A., & Walker, E. (2019, June). Investigating Help-Giving Behavior in a Cross-Platform Learning Environment. In International Conference on Artificial Intelligence in Education (pp. 14-25). Springer, Cham.


Ahmed, I., Girotto, V., Mawasi, A., Whitehurst, A., Wylie, R., & Walker, E. (2019). Co-Design for Learner Help-Giving Across Physical and Digital Contexts. In 13th International Conference on Computer Supported Collaborative Learning (CSCL) 2019, Volume 2 (pp. 545-548). Lyon, France: International Society of the Learning Sciences.


BOOK REVIEW


Mawasi A., (Approved). A Book Review: Critical Digital Humanities, The Search for a Methodology by James E. Dobson. Submitted to Pedagogies: An International Journal, Special Issue on Critical Digital Literacies.

 

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