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Andrea A. diSessa
UC Berkeley
E-mail: disessa@soe.berkeley.edu
Web site(s):
http://www.soe.berkeley.edu/faculty/diSessa.html
http://www.soe.berkeley.edu/boxer

Andrea diSessa is a member of the National Academy of Education. His research centers around conceptual and experiential knowledge in physics, and principals for designing comprehensive and usable computer systems. He is the principal investigator of the Boxer Computer Environment Project, an integrated system that allows non-experts to perform a broad range of tasks, including programming. Andrea diSessa is pioneering many educational computing applications for use in the schools.

He wrote the book Turtle Geometry: The Computer as a Medium for Exploring Mathematics (with H. Abelson, 1981); and edited the volume Computers and Exploratory Learning (with C. Hoyles, R. Noss and L. Edwards, 1995). He has written numerous articles, including "Toward an Epistemology of Physics," in Cognition and Instruction (1993); "Local Sciences: Viewing the Design of Human-Computer Systems as Cognitive Science," in Designing Interaction: Psychology at the Human-Computer Interface (1991); and "Phenomenology and the Evolution of Intuition," in Mental Models (1983).


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