Sasha Barab

Farmer Education Building, Suite 140
Professor and Director, Center for Games and Impact
Faculty
TEMPE Campus
Mailcode
5603
Professor
Faculty
TEMPE Campus
Mailcode
5603
Professor
Faculty
TEMPE Campus
Mailcode
5603

Biography

Sasha Barab is a professor in the School for the Future of Innovation in Society and the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College at  Arizona State University. He also co-founded and serves as the executive director of the Center for Games and Impact. Professor Barab is an internationally recognized learning scientist who holds the Pinnacle West Chair of Education, and who has researched, designed, and published extensively on the challenges and opportunities of using games for impact. His research has resulted in numerous grants, dozens of articles, and multiple chapters in edited books, which investigate knowing and learning in its material, social, and cultural context. Leveraging design-based and impact-based research methodologies, his work focuses the design and research of game-infused learning environments to support a more knowledgeable, compassionate, and committed citizenship.

Education

  • Ph.D. Cognition and Instruction, University of Connecticut 1997 
  • M.A. Education, University of Connecticut 1994
  • Certification: Special Education Teacher (K-12). State of Connecticut 1994
  • B.S. Psychology, American University, Washington,  D. C. 1989

 

 

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Research Interests

Beyond a social change agenda, the intent of this research is to develop rigorous claims about how people learn that have significant practical, pedagogical, and theoretical implications. Central to this work has been understanding the value of transformational play . Students who play transformationally become agents-of-change who use real-world knowledge, skills, and concepts to make sense of a situation and then make choices that actually transform the play space and themselves; creating a place in which  what you know is directly related to  what you are able to do  and, ultimately,  who you become .

Publications

Barab, S.A., Pettyjohn, P., Gresalfi, M., Volk, C., & Solomou, M. (2012). Game-based curriculum and transformational play: Designing to meaningfully position person, content, and context. Computers & Education 58(3): 518–533.

 

Research Activity

  • Barab,Sasha A.*. Motivating Bilingual Hispanic Youth Towards STEM and STEM Cognate Study and Careers (MIO STEM). NSF(7/1/2015 - 6/30/2017).
  • Barab,Sasha A.*. Game-Infused Assessment: Cultivating Engaged and Purposeful Test Takers. EDUCATIONAL TESTING SERVICE(10/14/2014 - 1/31/2016).
  • Barab,Sasha A.*. IYCE OurCity Jordan. NetHope(6/1/2014 - 6/15/2015).
  • Barab,Sasha A.*. Intel She Will Connect Initiative: A Game-Infused Digital Literacy Journey. INTEL CORP(3/4/2014 - 4/30/2016).
  • Barab,Sasha A.*, Arici Barab,Anna Dickson, Ingram-Goble,Adam. IntelTeach 20 Initiative: A Game-Infused MVP of the Project-Based Approaches Journey. INTEL CORP(3/1/2014 - 10/31/2015).
  • Barab,Sasha A.*. Impact Based Research: Cross Sector Insights Toward Aligning Education Research and Real World Impact. NSF-EHR-DRL(9/1/2013 - 5/31/2015).
  • Barab,Sasha A.*. Feedback as an Element of Designed Environments: An Exploration of Structure and Context. VANDERBILT UNIV(9/1/2013 - 8/31/2016).
  • Barab,Sasha A.*. Gaming up the Promise of Digital Learning. INTEL CORP(6/15/2013 - 12/15/2013).
  • Barab,Sasha A.*. Game-Infused Girls and Women Signature Program. INTEL CORP(6/10/2013 - 9/9/2013).
  • Barab,Sasha A.*. Games and Impact Project. AZ SUPREME COURT(5/14/2013 - 12/31/2013).
  • Barab,Sasha A.*. Atlantis Remixed: Using a Game-Based Curriculum to Achieve Academic Success. GATES (BILL & MELINDA) FDN(6/1/2011 - 3/31/2013).
  • Barab,Sasha A.*. Transactive Narrative: An Inclusive Game-Based Programming Context. INDIANA UNIV(6/1/2011 - 6/30/2013).

Courses

Summer 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
EDT 580Practicum
Spring 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
FIS 481Application Journey
EDT 784Internship
DCI 792Research
DCI 799Dissertation
Fall 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
FIS 371Impact Journey
FIS 373Innovation Journey
EDT 584Internship
HDA 593Applied Project
EDT 690Reading and Conference
EDT 792Research
DCI 799Dissertation
Summer 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
EDT 580Practicum
Spring 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
FIS 372Inquiry Journey
LSE 542Research Methods Learning Sci
EDT 784Internship
DCI 792Research
Fall 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
FIS 371Impact Journey
FIS 373Innovation Journey
EDT 494Special Topics
EDT 584Internship
EDT 690Reading and Conference
EDT 792Research
Summer 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
EDT 580Practicum
Spring 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
EDT 494Special Topics
DSC 590Reading and Conference
EDT 598Special Topics
LSE 600Research Methods
EDT 784Internship
Fall 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
EDT 463Games for Impact: Life Cycle
EDT 563Games for Impact: Life Cycle
EDT 584Internship
EDT 690Reading and Conference
Summer 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
EDT 580Practicum
Spring 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
EDT 463Games for Impact: Life Cycle
EDT 563Games for Impact: Life Cycle
EDT 580Practicum
EDT 584Internship
EDT 784Internship
Fall 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
EDT 580Practicum
EDT 584Internship
EDT 690Reading and Conference
Summer 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
EDT 580Practicum
Spring 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
EDT 463Games for Impact: Life Cycle
EDT 584Internship
EDT 784Internship
Fall 2013
Course NumberCourse Title
EDT 310Games for Impact: Life Cycle