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My CV is available here.

I’m currently an IES postdoctoral fellow at Temple University.  In 2015, I received my PhD from Stanford’s Learning Sciences & Technology Design program.

My research investigates how the design of instructional materials affects students’ learning and transfer of mathematical ideas, primarily in algebra and physics.  Some of my research questions are:

  • What kinds of examples should we provide students to help them learn functional relations and mathematical definitions?
  • Does a prompt to invent an equation support transfer or is it better to tell students the equation?
  • If we prompt students to draw Free-Body diagrams or follow problem-solving frameworks, will they make sense of physics problems and find conceptual shortcuts?
  • How do students approach story problems as compared to traditional equation problems?

Want to know the answers or chat more?  Contact me!  nicole.hallinen <@> temple.edu