Leema Berland

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Leema K. Berland

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Leema K. Berland

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Personal Biography

Leema K. Berland earned her PhD in the Learning Sciences from Northwestern University in 2008. Prior to joining the WI faculty, Dr. Berland was an assistant professor in STEM education at the University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Berland is currently a Principal Investigator on the National Science Foundation funded project “Fostering Pedagogical Argumentation: Reasoning With and About Student Ideas” and Co-Principal Investigator on the NSF funded project “Supporting scientific practices in elementary and middle school classrooms.” Dr. Berland’s work focuses on supporting and understanding student engagement in the scientific practices and on helping teachers do the same.


Ph D, Learning Sciences
Northwestern University
Evanston, IL

BA, Computer Science, Educational Studies
Carleton College
Evanston, IL



Research Interests

Dr. Berland is broadly interested in facilitating and studying students as they engage in the disciplinary practices such as scientific argumentation, modeling, and explanation, as well as engineering design practices. In this work, she focuses on understanding how students interpret the disciplinary discussions, how those interpretations influence their participation in the discourse, and why they interpret it in the ways that they do. Each of these questions is designed to better understand the dynamics of how and why students are able (or unable) to productively engage in substantive classroom discourse.

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