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Dr. Amy Voss Farris

Dr. Amy Voss Farris
Phone: 814-865-8909
Office Address:
173B Chambers Building
University Park, PA 16802
Campus: University Park


Assistant Professor of Education (Science Education)


Curriculum and Instruction


Curriculum and Instruction: Science Education


Amy Voss Farris, Assistant Professor of Education, investigates the intersections of scientific modeling and computational literacies in elementary and middle grades classrooms. She seeks to understand how learners’ experiences in computational modeling can support their development of ideas and practices across STEM disciplines. Her recent work argues that understanding children’s computational thinking requires accounting for their computing work within the discursive, perspectival, material, and embodied experiences it is grounded in, rather than focusing on the production of computational abstractions as an isolated competency.

Courses Taught

Teaching Science in the Middle Grades (SCIED 458-MDL)

Computational Literacies in the Learning Sciences (CI 597, new Spring 2020)

Introduction to Engineering for Educators (ENGR/SCIED 110)

Science Teaching and Learning (SCIED 552)

Education History

Ph.D. 2018, Vanderbilt University