Learning in a changing world: Evidence, innovation and creative thinking in education


Michelene (Micki) Chi

Arizona State University

Regents' Professor


Michelene Chi received her Mathematics and Psychology degrees from Carnegie Mellon University, then joined the Psychology faculty at the University of Pittsburgh in 1977. She studied how students learn to acquire expertise. In 2008, Dr. Chi joined the MLF Teachers’ College at Arizona State University, where she is Regents’ Professor and Director of the ICAP Center for Teaching and Learning. Her interdisciplinary work on learning garnered her many honors from both psychology and education, including the Distinguished Scientific Award for the Applications of Psychology (American Psychological Association, 2023), the William James Fellow Award (Association for Psychological Science, 2021); the Harold W. McGraw Jr. Prize in Education (2020); the David E. Rumelhart Prize (the Cognitive Science Society, 2018); the Distinguished Contributions to Research Career Award (American Educational Research Association, 2016); and the Thorndike Career Achievement Award for Distinguished Contribution to Education (APA Division 15, Educational Psychology, 2015). And most recently, she was the recipient of the 2023 Yidan Prize Laureate for Education Research.

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