Two Penn GSE Professors Honored as AERA Fellows for Outstanding Accomplishments in Education Research

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Media Contact:Jill DiSanto-Haines | jdisanto@upenn.edu | 215-898-4820March 16, 2010

PHILADELPHIA— Nancy Hornberger and Yasmin Kafai from the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education have been named Fellows of the American Educational Research Association for their contributions to education research.

Internationally known for her work in bilingualism and biliteracy, ethnography and language policy, Hornberger researches, lectures and consults on multi-lingual education policy and practice in the U.S. and around the globe. She is also the convener of Penn GSE’s annual Ethnography in Education Research Forum.

Kafai is a learning scientist who studies the role of technology in education and social development. She has studied learning through game design and in virtual worlds, paying particular attention to issues of gender equity in science education interventions and in gaming. She co-authored the new U.S. Department of Education report, “Transforming American Education: Learning Powered by Technology.”

“Nancy and Yasmin are remarkably accomplished scholars in their respective fields, and this is well-deserved recognition of their contributions,” Andy Porter, Penn GSE dean, said.