Student Profile

Ciara Thomas Murphy

Ph.D. Candidate, Learning and Mind Sciences

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Ph.D. in Learning and Mind Sciences, in progress

University of California, Davis – School of Education

Dissertation Topic: Pedagogical Sense-Making and Responsive Teaching

M.A. in Educational Leadership, 2015

Mills College – School of Education

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

B.A. in Music with Highest Distinction, 2007

University of California, Berkeley

Academic Publications

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

Martin, L., Athanases, S. Z., Sanchez, S. L., & Thomas Murphy, C. (Under review). Figure making to support learning and discovery in an English language arts preservice teacher education course.

Thomas Murphy, C., & Lee, J. (Forthcoming). Student agency and responsive pedagogy in online learning spaces. In A. Cortez & J. R. Lizárraga (Eds.), Bloomsbury encyclopedia of social justice in education: Language, literacy, youth and culture (Vol. 6).

Thomas Murphy, C., & Martin, L. (In press). Situating reflective practice in experiential learning: A case study of educators’ professional learning through tinkering at home. Journal of Museum Education.

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.

Conference Presentations and Proceedings

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). Contesting with feeling: Childhood in and through public education. In P. Blikstein, J. Van Aalst, R. Kizito, & K. Brennan (Eds.), Proceedings of the 17th International Conference of the Learning Sciences (pp. 1150–1153). Montreal, Canada: International Society of the Learning Sciences.

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 [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: International Society of the Learning Sciences.

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. (2023). Nourishment in the analytic field. Critica, 5(1), 53–54.

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

Fellowships and Awards

Dean’s Distinguished Graduate Fellowship, 2018–2023

University of California, Davis

Mark Cary Reflective Learning Award, 2023

University of California, Davis – School of Education

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