Roy Pea


Roy Pea is Professor of Education and the Learning Sciences at Stanford University, Co-PI of the LIFE Center and Co-Director of the Human Sciences and Technologies Advanced Research (H-STAR) Institute. He has published widely on such topics as distributed cognition, learning and education fostered by advanced technologies including scientific visualization, on-line communities, digital video collaboratories, and wireless handheld computers. Much of this work concerns aspects of computational thinking on the part of tool users. His current work is examining how informal and formal learning can be better understood and connected as Co-PI of the LIFE Center ( funded by the National Science Foundation as one of several large-scale national Science of Learning Centers (, and developing the DIVER paradigm for everyday networked video interactions for learning and communications ( Other current research includes the influence of point of view on video-supported learning and collaboration; precollege mobile science inquiry and learning with sensors; and informal math learning in families. Roy is co-author of the 2010 National Education Technology Plan for the US Department of Education, was co-editor of the 2007 volume Video Research in the Learning Sciences, and co-author of the 2000 National Academy volume How People Learn. Roy founded and served as the first director of the learning sciences doctoral programs at Northwestern University (1991) and Stanford University (2001). He is an elected Fellow of the National Academy of Education, Association for Psychological Science, The Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, and the American Educational Research Association. In 2004-2005, Roy was President of the International Society for the Learning Sciences.


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