Student Profile

Ciara Thomas Murphy

Ph.D. Student - Learning and Mind Sciences

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Ph.D. in Learning and Mind Sciences, UC Davis School of Education, in progress

M.A. in Educational Leadership, Mills College School of Education, 2015

Masters Thesis: “Understanding Students’ Epistemic Ideas as Cognitive, Metacognitive, and Affective Resources for Learning”

B.A. in Music with Highest Distinction, UC Berkeley, 2007

Academic Publications and Presentations

Thomas Murphy, C., & Martin, L. (In preparation). Tinkering with pedagogical concepts: Making use of parallels between professional learning and student learning.

Thomas Murphy, C. (In preparation). From embodiment to enaction: A dynamical metatheory for the study of learning.

Blake, A. R., Chen, G. A., Ostrowdun, C., Thomas Murphy, C., Vogelstein, L., Radke, S. C., Krishnamoorthy, R., Saba Fisher, K., Kelton, M. L., & Ma, J. Y. (2023, June). Contesting with feeling: Childhood in and through public education [Forthcoming conference presentation]. International Society of the Learning Sciences Annual Meeting, Montreal, Canada.

Martin, L., & Thomas Murphy, C. (2023, June). The future of making: A robust focus on maker educator preparation. In P. Blikstein (Chair), The future of maker education [Forthcoming conference symposium]. International Society of the Learning Sciences Annual Meeting, Montreal, Canada.

Thomas Murphy, C., & Martin, L. (2022). Tinkering in parallel: Pathways for professional learning in education. In C. Chinn, E. Tan., C. Chan, & Y. Kali (Eds.), Proceedings of the 16th International Conference of the Learning Sciences (pp. 2030–2031), Hiroshima, Japan.

Martin, L., & Thomas Murphy, C. (2022). Tinkering in the time of COVID: Lessons from educators’ efforts to facilitate playful tinkering through online learning. International Journal of Play, 11(2), 127–144.

Buttiler, M. B., Thomas Murphy, C., Hoeft, F., Kovelman, I., & Uchikoshi, Y. (2022, April). Cognitive and linguistic factors in reading comprehension: Monolingual and bilingual children [Conference presentation]. American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA.

Thomas Murphy, C. (2019, September). Microanalysis of conceptual change through prosody in student discourse [Conference poster]. Learning Sciences Graduate Student Conference, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL.

Essays and Additional Publications

Thomas Murphy, C. (Under review). Nourishment in the analytic field.

Thomas Murphy, C. (2022). Thinking in the real. Critica, 3(1), 19–20.

Fellowships and Awards

UC Davis Dean’s Distinguished Graduate Fellowship, 2018–2023

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