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

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


I am a PhD candidate at the University of Massachusetts Amherst College of Education, 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 focuses on the intersection of culture, learning, and technology, particularly within computing and math education. In my dissertation, I employ mixed methods research to investigate cultural signatures in game design for computing education. The technique I developed enables researchers to identify, categorize, and label cultural signatures on game design artifacts with precision, enhancing the understanding and integration of cultural contexts in educational technologies.

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

My research umbrella extends to game-based learning technologies (Gattupalli, Castro, et al., 2022), LLMs in online math learning (Gattupalli, Lee, Allessio, et al., 2023), and Prompt Literacy (Gattupalli, Maloy, et al., 2023; 2024). My work focuses on STEM educational intervention and related opportunities that apply and refine cultural methodologies, by drawing inspiration from and contributing to the work of scholars across diverse disciplines. You can read more on the Research and Publications pages. 

Additionally, I have a Master's degree in Instructional Technology Management from Merrimack College and a Bachelor's degree in Physics from Osmania University, which fuels my enthusiasm for Physics and often informs my interdisciplinary approach.

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Expertise related to UN SDGs

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. 

My work contributes towards the following SDGs:

Obtaining a quality education is the foundation to improving people’s lives and sustainable development.

To reduce inequalities, policies should be universal in principle, paying attention to the needs of disadvantaged and marginalized populations.

Affiliations & Alumni Network

The Center for Knowledge Communication

Institute of Diversity Sciences

Indian Science Congress

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