Marcia C. Linn

Marcia C. Linn is Professor of Development and Cognition, specializing in science and technology in the Graduate School of Education, University of California, Berkeley. She is a member of the National Academy of Education and a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the American Psychological Association, and the Association for Psychological Science. She has served as President of the International Society of the Learning Sciences, Chair of the AAAS Education Section, and on the boards of the AAAS, the Educational Testing Service Graduate Record Examination, the McDonnell Foundation Cognitive Studies in Education Practice, and the National Science Foundation Education and Human Resources Directorate. Awards include the National Association for Research in Science Teaching Award for Lifelong Distinguished Contributions to Science Education, the American Educational Research Association Willystine Goodsell Award, and the Council of Scientific Society Presidents first award for Excellence in Educational Research.

Linn earned her Ph. D. at Stanford University where she worked with Lee Cronbach. She spent a year in Geneva working with Jean Piaget, a year in Israel as a Fulbright Professor, and a year in London at University College. She has been a fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in Behavioral Sciences three times. Her books include Computers, Teachers, Peers (2000), Internet Environments for Science Education (2004), Designing Coherent Science Education (2008), WISE Science (2009), and Science Teaching and Learning: Taking Advantage of Technology to Promote Knowledge Integration (2011). She chairs the Technology, Education—Connections (TEC) series for Teachers College Press.

Interests and Professional Affiliations

Achievement Issues

Assessment and Educational Measurement

Cognitive Development

Computer-Mediated Learning

Curriculum Development

Development of Professional Learning Communities


Educational Equity

Educational Media

Gender Equity

Human-Computer Interface

Information Technology

International Education


Learner-centered Education



Multicultural Education

Participatory Research

Policy Analysis and Evaluation

Practitioner Knowledge and Inquiry


Professional Development for Educators

Reform Issues

Research Methods

School and non-school Learning Contexts

School Culture

School-University Collaboration

Science Education

Simulation Learning Environments


Teacher Development

Teacher Education and Certification

Technology and Schools


Urban Leadership

Urban Schooling


Ph.D., Stanford University, Educational Psychology

Personal Website

WISE (Web-based Inquiry Science Environment)


Office #4214

Graduate School of Education
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UC Berkeley
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Berkeley, CA 94720-1670


(510) 643-6379