Sandra S. Abrams

Professor
PhD, Education, Rutgers, The State University of New JerseyMA, English Education, New York UniversityMA, Literature, American UniversityBA, English, Washington University, St. Louis
Sandra Schamroth Abrams, Ph.D., is a Professor of Adolescent Education in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at St. John's University in New York. Abrams’s investigations of digital literacies, videogaming, and technology integration reveal layered meaning making and agentive learning. As she focuses on the intersection of digital and nondigital literacies and practices, what comes to the fore is the powerful meaning making that exists in and across the blurred boundaries of these spaces. Her work has been featured in leading research journals, including Teachers College Record, Journal of Literacy Research, the Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy, Language & Linguistics, and Educational Media International. She is the author of Integrating Virtual and Traditional Learning in 6-12 Classrooms: A Layered Literacies Approach to Multimodal Meaning Making (Routledge), co-author of Conducting Qualitative Research of Learning in Online Spaces (SAGE) and Managing Educational Technology: School Partnerships and Technology Integration (Routledge), and Writing in Education: The Art of Writing for Educators (Brill, in press). She is co-editor of Bridging Literacies with Videogames (Sense) and Child-Parent Research Reimagined (Brill). Abrams is the recipient of the 2019 USDLA Distance Learning Quality Paper Award for the article, Gamification and Accessibility. Abrams was an AACTE Outstanding Book award finalist, and she received an AECT journal article award for her work on peer review and power structures in online spaces. Abrams’s work also has been featured in mainstream media, such as Edutopia, The New York Times, Tech Times, Parents Magazine, and THE Journal. Furthermore, Abrams has served as a Technology Consultant and Assessment Coordinator for a number of projects, including a New York City Department of Education Award: Learning and Technology Grant. Abrams serves on a number of journal editorial boards and is an Associate Editor for the International Journal of Multiple Research Approaches. From 2018-2020, she served as the Program Chair for the American Educational Research Association’s Media, Culture, and Learning special interest group.

Teaching Interests

Games-Based Pedagogies, Adolescent Education, Cross-Literate Practices

Research Interests

Digital Literacies, Videogames, Multimodalities, Game-based Learning, Digital Media and New Literacies, Digital Culture

Courses Taught

EDU
1002
LEARNING & DEVELOPMENT - ADOL
EDU
1011
HUMAN RELATIONS IN INCLUS SETS
EDU
1012
LANG AQUISITION& LITERACY/ADOL
EDU
1015
TECH & SOCIETY:SCH,COMM,WRKPL
EDU
1032
MEDIA VIRT ENV & 21CENTRY LRNS
EDU
1033
GAMING, LITERATURE & LEARNING
EDU
1055
ART OF WRITING FOR EDUCATORS
EDU
7222
CONTEMPORARY CURR PERSPECTIVES
EDU
7266
TEC TCH LIT BSD APL SPED SET
EDU
7267T
TECH FOR LIT IN CONTENT REG
EDU
7267
TECH FOR LIT IN CONT REG & SP
EDU
7297
INTEG. RESEARCH SEMINAR EDU
EDU
7666
DEVELOP CURR MAT FOR THE WEB
EDU
8002
COMMUNITY IMMERSION III
EDU
8003
VISIONS OF RESEARCH I
EDU
8010
DISSERTATION SEMINAR
EDU
8013
ADVANCED RESEARCH METHODS
Keywords:
  • videogames
  • digital literacies