“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 Research Scientist in the Learning Sciences Research team at Digital Promise. She researches human interaction with science and technology, focusing on collaboration and regulation of learning in small collaborative groups. Dalila is particularly interested in how individuals and groups make decisions and regulate their learning and behaviors when they encounter uncertainty in science. With her research, she aims to illuminate ways of fostering equitable engagement in collaborative groups that result in better learning and decision-making.
Dalila earned her Ph.D. in Learning Sciences and Psychological Studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. During her doctoral studies, Dalila was an NSF Graduate Research Fellow. Prior to her Ph.D., Dalila earned a Master of Engineering Management degree from Duke University and a B.S. in Physics with a minor in Mathematics from North Carolina Central University. She holds a NASA Endeavor STEM Teaching Certificate. Dalila’s professional experience includes various roles in the high-tech industry with Lenovo and IBM. Before her high-tech career, Dalila conducted cancer research as a Research and Development Engineer at the Radiation Oncology Department at Duke University Medical Center. When she is not working, she loves to laugh with her family, run, and bike, and is obsessed with establishing a perennial garden in her yard.