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Mike Stieff, PhD

Professor Learning Sciences and Chemistry

Brain and Cognitive Sciences


Mike Stieff (Ph.D., Northwestern University) is Professor of Learning Sciences and Chemistry at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Prior to joining UIC, Dr. Stieff a professor of science education and taught and taught chemistry at high school and community college. Dr. Stieff’s primary research interests are sex differences in scientific problem solving, the role of spatial ability in scientific expertise, and the development of educational technologies for supporting science learning. His current projects examine the role of drawing for supporting learning in science classrooms and how students leverage general cognitive processes to bootstrap their learning of new scientific concepts. He also studies how students come to identify as science learners and the factors that contribute to students’ decision to pursue science careers