• 1719 Citations
1991 …2019

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Research Interests

Professor Sherin’s work focuses primarily on conceptual change in science—the process through which our everyday understanding of the natural world changes over time and with instruction. In early work, he engaged in the design and study of novel interventions for physics instruction, with particular emphasis on the role of symbolic representations. As part of that work, he explicated his theory of Symbolic Forms, which captures the conceptual structures that successful physics experts learn to see in equations. More recently, his work has focused on some methodological issues in the study of conceptual change. As part of this newer work, he applies techniques from natural language processing to interview protocols. He is also the designer and developer of Tactic Text, which is a web-based text mining environment designed for qualitative data analysts.

Education/Academic qualification

Science and Mathematics Education, PhD, University of California, Berkeley

… → 1996

Physics, MA, University of California, Berkeley

… → 1989

Physics, BA, Princeton University

… → 1985

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  • Research Output

    Computerized text analysis: Assessment and research potentials for promoting learning

    Lee, H. S., McNamara, D., Bracey, Z. B., Wilson, C., Osborne, J., Haudek, K. C., Liu, O. L., Pallant, A., Gerard, L., Linn, M. C. & Sherin, B., Jan 1 2019, A Wide Lens: Combining Embodied, Enactive, Extended, and Embedded Learning in Collaborative Settings - 13th International Conference on Computer Supported Collaborative Learning, CSCL 2019 - Conference Proceedings. Lund, K., Niccolai, G. P., Lavoue, E., Hmelo-Silver, C., Gweon, G. & Baker, M. (eds.). International Society of the Learning Sciences (ISLS), p. 743-750 8 p. (Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning Conference, CSCL; vol. 2).

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

  • Learning linkages: Integrating data streams of multiple modalities and timescales

    Liu, R., Stamper, J., Davenport, J., Crossley, S., McNamara, D., Nzinga, K. & Sherin, B., Feb 1 2019, In : Journal of Computer Assisted Learning. 35, 1, p. 99-109 11 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 2 Scopus citations

    Learning analytics in support of qualitative analysis

    Sherin, B., Kersting, N. B. & Berland, M., Jan 1 2018, In : Proceedings of International Conference of the Learning Sciences, ICLS. 1, 2018-June, p. 464-471 8 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalConference article

  • Representing, Running, and Revising Mental Models: A Computational Model

    Friedman, S., Forbus, K. D. & Sherin, B. L., May 2018, In : Cognitive Science. 42, 4, p. 1110-1145 36 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Scaffolding Analysis: Extending the Scaffolding Metaphor to Learning Artifacts

    Sherin, B., Reiser, B. J. & Edelson, D., Dec 7 2018, Scaffolding: A special issue of the journal of the learning sciences. Taylor and Francis, p. 387-421 35 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter