Interdisciplinary Approaches to Educational Technology: Learning, Computation, and Culture. (తెలుగులో చూడండి)


I am a doctoral candidate at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, in the Department of Math, Science and Learning Technologies (MSLT), advised by Ivon Arroyo, EdD, Betsy McEneaney, PhD, Torrey Trust, PhD, Beverly Woolf, EdD, PhD, and Francisco Castro, PhD.

My interdisciplinary research lies at the intersection of culture, learning, and education technology.

In my PhD dissertation, I employ mixed methods research to investigate cultural signatures in computing education.

There is no path to progress where we leave culture behind.

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As a cultural methodologist and mixed methods education researcher at the College of Education at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, my research focuses on uncovering the nuanced interplay between culture, learning, and technology in computing education contexts. In my PhD dissertation, I investigate cultural signatures in game design for computing.

A phase of my dissertation (Gattupalli, Castro & Arroyo, 2024) was honored with selection for presentation at the International Society of the Learning Sciences (ISLS) 2024 Conference, held at the University of Buffalo, New York in June 2024, fostering dialogue on inclusive approaches in computing education. A short deck has been made available in open access here.

Building on this foundation, I extend my research focus to computational thinking (Wing, 2006), maths education, game-based learning, learning technologies, AI and prompt literacy. These areas provide rich opportunities to apply and refine cultural methodologies, drawing inspiration from and contributing to the work of scholars across diverse disciplines. As a trained methodologist, I seek to bridge theoretical frameworks with practical applications, always acknowledging the collaborative nature of research and creative progress. Additionally, I maintain an enthusiasm for physics, which often informs my interdisciplinary approach.

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Center for Knowledge Communication (CKC)

Institute of Diversity Sciences

Indian Science Congress

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