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College of Education faculty member receives Early Career Award

Logan Fiorella

Logan Fiorella, an assistant professor in the educational psychology department at the College of Education, recently received the Division C Early Career Award from the American Educational Research Association. The award, which Fiorella received at the association’s Division C business meeting on April 7 in Toronto, recognizes an emerging scholar in learning and instruction whose research has significantly impacted the field.

Fiorella’s research focuses on how students learn by generating explanations and drawings in science. In a recent project, he discovered that asking students to create drawings on paper while they explained aloud to a peer what they were learning led to more elaborative explanations and better learning outcomes than students who only explained or only drew. Fiorella is conducting follow-up studies to explore other ways to help students better explain and draw what they are learning.