Yasmin Kafai


Born in Germany, Yasmin Kafai undertook her studies on learning theories and technologies in France, Germany, and the United States. She received her doctorate from Harvard University in 1993 while working with Seymour Papert and Idit Harel at the MIT Media Laboratory. She has been one of the first researchers to establish the field of game studies with her work on children’s learning as designers and players of educational software and games. Her research has been published in Minds in Play: Computer Game Design as a Context for Children’s Learning (Lawrence Erlbaum Publishers, 1995) and in Constructionism in Practice: Designing, Thinking and Learning in a Digital World which she co-edited with Mitchel Resnick (Lawrence Erlbaum Publishers, 1996). During the past decade, she participated in the National Commission on Gender, Technology, and Teaching. She recently became co-editor-in-chief of the Journal of the Learning Sciences (JLS).

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