Suraj Uttamchandani

Visiting Research Scientist

Center for Research on Learning and Technology
Research Areas:
Learning Sciences, Educational Equity, Critical Qualitative Methodologies

About Me

My research is primarily engaged in political forms of learning that center the relationships between educational equity and learning processes. This has involved theorizing learning as changes in discourse, changes in participation, and changes in possible futures. My dissertation work was rooted in understanding how politics, activism, and relational forms of learning came together to advance the social justice work of an LGBTQ+ youth group. More recently, with the South Asian Learning Sciences Collective, I have begun to engage non-Western orientations to learning and development (specifically, through a grant funded by the International Society for the Learning Sciences).

Methodologically, I explore what forms of inquiry most generatively and generously illuminate issues relevant to equity and learning. How can we engage in learning sciences research with rather than on folks? In addition to more common forms of participatory action research, I am interested in sustainable and equitable relationships between university-based researchers and community stakeholders. I draw primarily on discursive psychology, participatory research, and critical ethnography.

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