Christine Massey
University of Pennsylvania
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Christine Massey is the Director of Research and Education at the Institute for Research in Cognitive Science at the University of Pennsylvania. She is also the Director of PENNlincs, which serves as a research and development arm of the Institute, linking recent theory and research in cognitive science to education efforts in public schools and cultural institutions. She has directed a number of major collaborative research and development projects that combine research investigating students’ learning and conceptual development in science and math with the development and evaluation of new curriculum materials, learning technology, and educational programs for students and teachers. These projects include development of mathematics learning software that incorporates principles of perceptual and adaptive learning; creation of the Science for Developing Minds curriculum series, a comprehensive, fully evaluated science curriculum specifically designed for children in the earliest elementary years; development of a robotics curriculum for the middle grades; and kits and exhibit enhancements to support family learning in zoos and museums. She is also a member of the cognitive science team for the national IES Research and Development Center for Cognition and Science Instruction, funded by the U.S. Department of Education. She is a member of the Study Committee for the NRC study “Defining Deeper Learning and 21st Century Skills,” and she has also been a participant and presenter for several NRC workshops. Dr. Massey received her B.A. from Wellesley College with majors in psychology and English. She received her Ph.D. in psychology with a specialization in cognitive development from the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Massey is an Eisenhower Fellow and has also been a fellow in the Spencer Foundation/National Academy of Education’s Postdoctoral Fellowship program.

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