“I learn through active exploration and love the excitement of discovery. When faced with learning something new, I enjoy investigating and comparing different perspectives on a topic and seeing how they connect to what I already know and to each other. I learn from people of all different ages, from diverse cultures, backgrounds, and communities of practice; this keeps me grounded and propels me forward at the same time.”
Dalila Dragnić-Cindrić, Ph.D., is a Senior Research Scientist in the Learning Sciences Research team, with expertise in collaborative learning and regulation of learning in small groups. She specializes in mixed and qualitative research methods and focuses on human interaction with science and technology. Dalila is particularly interested in how individuals and groups make decisions and shape their learning when they encounter uncertainty in science. This work aims to enable and support equitable interactions and engagement in collaborative groups, resulting in better learning and decision-making.
Dalila enjoys working with students and educators to translate research into practice. Dalila completed her postdoctoral work at the Center for Integrative Research in Computing and Learning Sciences with Dr. Jeremy Roschelle. She holds a Ph.D. in Learning Sciences and Psychological Studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where, during her doctoral studies, she was an NSF Graduate Research Fellow. Before her doctorate, Dalila earned a Master of Engineering Management from Duke University and a B.S. in Physics with a minor in Mathematics from North Carolina Central University. Dalila’s professional experience includes various roles in the high-tech industry and medical physics cancer research. In her free time, she loves to laugh with her family, run, and paint.