Graduate Research Assistant
Areej is a PhD Candidate in Learning, Literacies, and Technologies at Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College, Arizona State University. She is a Fulbright Scholar (15′-17′) and a fellow of the Interdisciplinary Enrichment Fellowship (17′-18′) and Spirit of Service Scholarship (17′-18) at ASU. Areej earned her master’s degree in Educational Technology at ASU in 2017. She completed her bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Education at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Prior to ASU, she worked in informal education, teaching in gifted education programs, community-based settings, and online media.
Areej work focuses on the intersection of learning sciences, design methods in education, educational technology, and ethical engagement in STEM learning. She draws on multiple paradigms in learning theory and methodologies to understand how we might design equity-oriented learning environments that help learners, teachers, and researchers engage in socio-political dimensions of STEM. One focus of her work is building and strengthening partnerships with local communities through participatory and co-design methods. A second focus is understanding how power dynamics manifest in learning environments and shape learners and educators engagement in these spaces, across multiple settings and contexts. A third focus is understanding in what ways critical design approaches in the study, design, and implementation of educational technology and digital media can or can not mediate learning and critical digital literacies development.