Florence Sullivan, Ph.D.

Associate Professor and Chair
Department of Teacher Education & Curriculum Studies

B.A., New College of California, 1995
M.A., San Francisco State University, 1999
Ed.M., Teachers College of Columbia University, 2001
Ph.D., Teachers College of Columbia University, 2005

(413) 577-1950/545-0246

University of Massachusetts Amherst
W244 Furcolo
Amherst, MA 01003

Website: http://people.umass.edu/florence

Professional Interests: 

My research focuses on student collaborative learning with computational media. Specifically, I focus on collaborative creativity, problem solving, group dynamics and aspects of computational thinking as they manifest while playing with robotics or other computational media. My work has a special focus on understanding girls’ experiences in these settings. A secondary research focus is learning in online environments including many of the same concerns: collaboration, gender and problem solving. Finally, I am very interested in research methods. I am currently working on the development of a new research method that uses computational means to facilitate microgenetic analysis of discourse data; this work is funded by the National Science Foundation.