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Sandra Schamroth Abrams, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Curriculum and Instruction
Ph.D. Education, Rutgers University of New Jersey
M.A. English Education, New York University
M.A. Literature, American University
B.A. English, Washington University, St. Louis

Sandra Schamroth Abrams, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor of Adolescent Education in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction in the School of Education at St. John’s University in New York. Her research of videogaming focuses on adolescents' identities and practices developed, maintained, and modified in online and offline social and academic settings. Through the close examination of power structures, gaming principles, and spatial design, her work provides insight into agentive learning located in collaboration, variation, iteration, and ideation. More specifically, her longitudinal ethnographic study of videogaming in public libraries has revealed a layering of literacies deeply rooted in the seamless movement among modalities and resources across online and offline spaces. These discoveries of students' evolving knowledge landscapes have informed additional qualitative and mixed methods research of adaptive resources, adolescent learning, and technological integration. Overall, Abrams's work suggests that the nuances of digital worlds and practices can disrupt convention and provide new avenues for pedagogical discovery. Her recent work has appeared in Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy, Educational Media International, Languages and Linguistics, Teachers College Record Yearbook, and English Journal. Her forthcoming books include Integrating Virtual and Traditional Learning in 6-12 Classrooms: A Layered Literacies Approach to Multimodal Meaning Making (Routledge) and, with Hannah R. Gerber, Game Night at the Library (VOYA). Along with Hannah R. Gerber, Jen Scott Curwood, and Alecia Magnifico, Abrams is co-authoring the forthcoming book, Qualitative Methods for Researching Online Learning (SAGE).

Areas of Specialization: Digital Literacies, Videogames, Multimodalities