Ala SamarapungavanThe Department of Educational StudiesCollege of Education, Purdue University
My research interests focus on cognition, learning, and reasoning. My research examines how social and cultural factors affect the development of thinking and knowing from childhood through adulthood. I study how classroom variables, such as teacher-student or peer interactions, task or activity structures and material supports, influence students' engagement in learning, knowledge, reasoning, and epistemic cognition. I am also interested in the connections between informal or out-of-school and formal school learning.
Samarapungavan, A. (2009). Reasoning. In E. Anderman, & L. Anderman (Eds.), Psychology of Classroom Learning: An Encyclopedia (PCL). Thomson Gale, Farmington Hills, MI, 48331.
Chinn, C. A. & Samarapungavan A. (2008). Learning to use scientific models: Multiple dimensions of conceptual change. In R. A. Duschl & R.E. Grandy (Eds.), Establishing a Consensus Agenda for K-12 Science Inquiry (pp. 191-225). Sense Publishers, Rotterdam, NL, 2006.
Samarapungavan, A., Westby, E. L. & Bodner, G. M. (2006). Contextual epistemic development in science: A comparison of chemistry students and research chemists. Science Education, 90 (3), 468-495.
Nakhleh, M., Samarapungavan, A., & Saglam, Y. (2005). Middle school students’ beliefs about matter. Journal of Research in Science Teaching, 42(5), 581-612.
Chinn, C. A., & Samarapungavan, A. (2001) The importance of distinguishing between understanding and belief. Theory into Practice, 40, 235 - 241
Nakhleh, M. B., & Samarapungavan, A. (1999). Elementary school children’s theories of matter. Journal of Research in Science Teaching, 36(7), 777-805.
Brewer, W. F., Samarapungavan, A., & Chinn, C. (1998). Explanation in scientists and non-scientists. Minds and Machines, 8(1), 119-136.
Samarapungavan, A., & Wiers, R. (1997). Children's thoughts on the origin of species: A study of explanatory coherence. Cognitive Science, 21(2), 147-177.
Samarapungavan, A., Vosniadou, S., & Brewer, W. F. (1996). Thinking about the earth, sun, and moon: Indian children's cosmologies. Cognitive Development, 11, 491-521.
Samarapungavan, A. (1992). Children's judgments in theory choice tasks: Scientific rationality in childhood. Cognition, 45, 1-32.
I trained as a clinical psychologist at the University of Delhi and then obtained my Ph.D. in Educational Psychology at the University of Illinois - Champaign. I then took my first academic position in the Department of Cognitive Psychology at the University of Amsterdam. After two years in the Netherlands, I accepted a position at Purdue. more>>
The special people in my life are my husband Harm HogenEsch and our daughter, Elena HogenEsch.
Ala SamarapungavanCollege of Education, Purdue University Beering Hall of Liberal Arts and EducationRoom 5108DWest Lafayette, Indiana, 47907-1446 Voice: (765) 494-7321Fax: (765) 496-1228 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org