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Ruth Wylie

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Assistant Center Director + Associate Research Professor MY
Faculty w/Admin Appointment, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 1811
Assistant Center Director + Associate Research Professor MY
Faculty w/Admin Appointment, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 1811
Assoc Dir/Asst Rsrch Prof FSC
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 1811
Biography: 

Ruth Wylie is the assistant director of the Center for Science and the Imagination and an associate research professor in the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College. Professor Wylie concentrates on interdisciplinary, translational research that leverages knowledge and insights from theory and laboratory studies to answer real-world problems. Her previous research projects have been on the design, development, and implementation of educational technology for students and teachers in middle schools, high schools, and universities.

 

Education: 

Ph.D. Human-computer Interaction, Carnegie Mellon University 2011
Bachelor's degree. Cognitive Science, minor in Computer Science and Education, University of California-Berkeley

Research Interests: 

Guiding Research Questions:

  • What skills and support do interdisciplinary teams need to be successful?
  • How can we cultivate and measure imaginative capacity?
  • How can the design and development of technology best support teachers and students?

Current Research Projects:

What if we could build a technologically enhanced book that adapted itself not only to the individual student but to the classroom as a whole? The postdigital textbook project is an effort to do just that, developing the theory and learning technologies needed to create a system that will effectively engage learners in the place where they spend almost all of their formal educational time: the classroom. This work is funded through NSF's Cyberlearning and Future Learning Technologies Program, Award #1451431.

Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein is a modern myth; a 200 year-old science-fiction story that explores themes of human creativity, societal responsibility and scientific ethics. Two centuries later, these themes continue to resonate in our technological age. As citizens with access to incredible tools for creation and transformation, we not only need to understand the fundamentals of science and technology, but also to develop the skills to actively participate in the policy discussions that surround these fields. In this project, supported by NSF's Advances in Informal Science Learning directorate (Award #1516684), we take on this challenge, pairing Mary Shelley’s compelling Frankenstein narrative with an integrated set of digital and hands-on activities to inspire deeper conversations about scientific and technological creativity and social responsibility.

Dr Wylie is also partnering with the World Bank to create a series of stories and artwork to integrate into an online game, EVOKE, designed to get young people in the developing world involved in social innovation and civic engagement. 

Publications: 

Finn, E., & Wylie, R. (2021). Collaborative imagination: A methodological approach. Futures132, 102788.

Mawasi, A.*, Nagy, P., Finn, E., & Wylie, R. (2021). Narrative-Based Learning Activities for Science Ethics Education: an Affordance Perspective. Journal of Science Education and Technology, 1-11.

Clark, S., & Wylie, R. (2021). Surviving a Cultural Genocide: Perspectives of Indigenous Elders on the Transfer of Traditional Values. Journal of Ethnic and Cultural Studies8(2), 316-346.

Gould, D. Knowlton, K., & Wylie, R. (2021).  My Robot Can Fly: An Integrated STEM Lesson for Preschoolers to Learn About Structure, Function, Biomimicry, and Science-in-Society. Science and Children, 58(5).

Mawasi, A.*, Nagy, P., Finn, E., & Wylie, R. (2021).  Using Frankenstein-Themed Science Activities for Science Ethics Education: An exploratory study. Journal of Moral Education, 1-17. 

Nagy, P. †, Wylie, R., Eschrich, J., & Finn, E. (2019). Facing the Pariah of Science: The Frankenstein Myth as a Social and Ethical Reference for Scientists. Science and Engineering Ethics (26), 737–759.

Talbot, R. M., Wylie, R., Dutilly, E., and Nielsen, R. (2018). The Relationship between Format and Cognitive Depth of Science Teacher-Generated Questions. Research in the Schools, 25(1), 35–46.

Nagy, P. †, Wylie, R., Eschrich, J., and Finn, E. (2018). The enduring influence of a dangerous narrative: How scientists can mitigate the Frankenstein myth. Journal of Bioethical Inquiry, 15(2), 279-292.

Chi, M.T.H., Adams, J.A., Bogusch, E.B., Bruchok, C., Kang, S., Lancaster, M., Levy R., Li, N., McEldoon, K., Stump, G.S., Wylie, R., Xu, D., and Yaghmourian, D.L. (2018). Translating the ICAP Theory of Cognitive Engagement into Practice. Cognitive Science, 42, 1777-1832.

Nagy, P. †, Wylie, R., Eschrich, J., and Finn, E. (2017). Why Frankenstein is a stigma among scientists. Science and Engineering Ethics, 1-17.

Roll, I., and Wylie, R. (2016). Evolution and revolution in artificial intelligence in education. International Journal of Artificial Intelligence in Education26(2), 582-599.

Chi, M.T.H. and Wylie, R. (2014). The ICAP framework: Linking cognitive engagement to active learning outcomes. Educational Psychologist, 49(4), 219-243.

* Indicates first author is a student. † Indicates first author is a postdoctoral scholar.

Research Activity: 
Fall 2021
Course NumberCourse Title
DCI 790Reading and Conference
DCI 792Research
DCI 799Dissertation
Spring 2021
Course NumberCourse Title
TEL 494Special Topics
DCI 790Reading and Conference
DCI 792Research
Fall 2020
Course NumberCourse Title
TEL 494Special Topics
DCI 790Reading and Conference
DCI 792Research
DCI 799Dissertation
Summer 2020
Course NumberCourse Title
TEL 780Practicum
TEL 791Seminar
TEL 799Dissertation
Spring 2020
Course NumberCourse Title
TEL 780Practicum
DCI 790Reading and Conference
TEL 791Seminar
DCI 792Research
TEL 799Dissertation
Fall 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
TEL 780Practicum
DCI 790Reading and Conference
TEL 791Seminar
DCI 792Research
TEL 799Dissertation
Summer 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
TEL 780Practicum
TEL 791Seminar
Spring 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
TEL 780Practicum
DCI 790Reading and Conference
TEL 791Seminar
TEL 792Research
Fall 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
DCI 790Reading and Conference
TEL 792Research
Spring 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
DCI 790Reading and Conference
Fall 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
LSE 540Theoretical Views Lrnng in LS