Marcia C. Linn

Research Expertise and Interest

artificial intelligence, technology, learning, mathematics, science, education, science teaching, gender equity, design of learning environments

Research Description

Marcia C. Linn is Evelyn Lois Corey Professor of Instructional Science in the Berkeley School of Education, University of California, Berkeley. She is the Chair of the Graduate Group in Science and Mathematics Education (SESAME: She is a member of the National Academy of Education and a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the American Psychological Association(APA), the Association for Psychological Science (APS), the American Educational Research Association (AERA), and the International Society of the Learning Sciences (ISLS).  She has served as President of the International Society of the Learning Sciences (ISLS), Chair of the AAAS Education Section, and on the boards of the AAAS, the Educational Testing Service Graduate Record Examination, the McDonnell Foundation Cognitive Studies in Education Practice, and the National Science Foundation Education and Human Resources Directorate. Awards include the National Association for Research in Science Teaching Award for Lifelong Distinguished Contributions to Science Education, the American Educational Research Association Willystine Goodsell Award, and the Council of Scientific Society Presidents first award for Excellence in Educational Research. She explores uses of technology including Artificial Intelligence to strengthen science teaching and learning. Her Knowledge Integration pedagogy is widely used. 

Linn earned her Ph. D. at Stanford University where she worked with Lee Cronbach. She spent a year in Geneva working with Jean Piaget, a year in Israel as a Fulbright Professor, and a year in London at University College. She has been a fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in Behavioral Sciences three times and a Writing Resident at the Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center twice. Her books include Computers, Teachers, Peers (2000), Internet Environments for Science Education (2004), Designing Coherent Science Education (2008), WISE Science (2009), and Science Teaching and Learning: Taking Advantage of Technology to Promote Knowledge Integration (2011) [Chinese Translation, 2015]. She chairs the Technology, Education—Connections (TEC) series for Teachers College Press.

In the News

Study shows females the equal of males in math skills

A large-scale analysis of existing research reinforces the growing consensus that the mathematical skills of boys and girls, as well as men and women, are substantially equal. The study team, including Marcia Linn, Berkeley professor of education, reviewed 242 research articles assessing the math skills of nearly 1.3 million people.

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