Sania Zahra Zaidi
Doctoral Student in Science Education, Educational Studies
Sania Zaidi was the recipient of the Rackham Pre-Doctoral Fellowship for the academic year 2015-2016.She successfully defended her doctoral dissertation in April 2016.
Sania Zaidi’s research interests are in the areas of design and evaluation of curriculum and assessment interventions. As part of her dissertation work, she had designed an online formative assessment tool that simulates the peer review process of academic journals. This tool was employed in middle school classrooms in the United States. Her dissertation discusses the impacts of using this collaborative learning tool on science learning.
At the University of Michigan, Sania is a Research Associate on the IES funded BOOST project (PI: Christina Weiland), a retrospective efficacy study of the short- and medium-term impacts of the Boston public prekindergarten program on key child academic and school progress outcomes. Her primary role on the team is that of conducting psychometric analysis of large- scale assessment data.
Sania was also part of the NSF funded 'Change Thinking' project (PI: Nancy Butler Songer) that developed the technology based curricular units on Climate Change and Impacts on Ecosystems for middle and high school. Sania’s primary role on the team was that of an assessment designer and evaluator. She has designed and empirically evaluated assessment instruments particularly focused on complex reasoning in science.
Prior to joining the doctoral program, Sania earned a MS in Computational Natural Sciences at the International Institute of Information Technology (IIIT), Hyderabad, India. She has a BS in Physics and Computer Science Engineering.