Before becoming interested in education, Golnaz Arastoopour studied Mechanical Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. While earning her Bachelor’s degree, she worked as a computer science instructor at Campus Middle School for Girls. Along with a team of undergraduates, she headlined a project to develop a unique computer science curriculum for middle school students. She then earned her M.A. in mathematics education at Columbia University. Golnaz then taught in the Chicago Public School system at Orr Academy High School (an AUSL school) for two years. She is currently a PhD student in learning sciences and works with David Williamson Shaffer in the Epistemic Games Group.
Golnaz is interested in how young people solve engineering design problems in simulation and game environments, and how games motivate students to persist in engineering and STEM fields. She is currently leading the efforts on engineering
epistemic games for first year undergraduate students and is working with Epistemic Network Analysis, an innovative method for assessing complex thinking skills.
M.S. Educational Psychology, University of Wisconsin
M.A. Mathematics Education, Columbia University Teacher’s College
B.S. Mechanical Engineering, University of Illinois
Arastoopour, G., Shaffer, D.W., Swiecki, Z., Ruis, A.R., & Chesler, N.C. (2016). Teaching and Assessing Engineering Design Thinking with Virtual Internships and Epistemic Network Analysis. International Journal of Engineering Education, 32(3), 1-10
Arastoopour, G., Chesler, N.C., & Shaffer, D.W. (2014). Epistemic Persistence: A Simulation-Based Approach to Retaining Women in Engineering. Journal of Women and Minorities in Science and Engineering, 20(3), 211-234.
Chesler, N.C., Arastoopour, G., D’Angelo, C.M., Bagley, E.A., & Shaffer, D.W (2013). Design of a Professional Practice Simulator for Educating and Motivating First-Year Engineering Students. Advances in Engineering Education, 3(3), 1-29.
Arastoopour, G., Collier, W., Chesler, N.C., Linderoth, J., & Shaffer, D.W. (2015). Measuring the Complexity of Simulated Engineering Design Problems. American Society for Engineering Education Proceedings. Seattle, WA.
Arastoopour, G., Swiecki, Z., Chesler, N.C., & Shaffer, D.W. (2015). Epistemic Network Analysis as a Tool for Engineering Design Assessment. American Society for Engineering Education Proceedings. Seattle, WA.
Arastoopour, G., & Shaffer, D. W. (2015). Epistemography and Professional CSCL Environment Design. International Conference on Computer Supported Collaborative Learning Conference Proceedings. Gothenberg, Sweden.
Arastoopour, G., & Shaffer, D.W. (2013). Measuring Social Identity Development in Epistemic Games. International Conference on Computer Supported Collaborative Learning Conference Proceedings, Madison, WI.
Arastoopour, G., Chesler, N.C., D’Angelo, C.M., Shaffer, D.W., Opgenorth, J.W., Reardan, C.B., Haggerty, N.P., & Lepak, C.G. (2012). Nephrotex: Measuring first year students’ ways of professional thinking in a virtual internship. American Society for Engineering Education Proceedings. San Antonio, TX.