Tamara Clegg

Tamara Clegg

Tamara Clegg

Assistant Professor, College of Education and iSchool
Patuxent 2109H


Ph.D., Georgia Tech - School of Interactive Computing 2010

Office Address

2116A Hornbake Building, South Wing and 2226D Benjamin Building


Tamara "Tammy" Clegg is an assistant professor in the Department of Teaching and Learning, Policy and Leadership at the University of Maryland's College of Education. She also has a joint appointment in the College of Information Studies. Tamara Clegg's research focuses on developing life-relevant learning environments and supporting technologies for enabling children to engage in science in the context of achieving goals relevant to their lives.

Research Interest

Designing learning experiences and programs to support children's scientific inquiry engagement in everyday life contexts
Understanding how children's scientific dispositions and identities are shaped as they engage in life-relevant learning experiences
Designing technology to support children's scientific inquiry in life-relevant learning experiences across the contexts of their lives


  •  FALL 2016: EDCI788Q
  • Selected Topics in Teacher Education; Theory of Learning and Leadership with Technology

Recent Publications & Products

  • Ahn, J., Clegg, T., Yip, J., Bonsignore, E., Pauw, D., Gubbels, M., Lewittes, B., & Rhodes, E. (Forthcoming). Seeing the Unseen Learner: Designing and Using Social Media to Recognize Children's Science Dispositions in action. Accepted in Learning Media and Technology.

  • Yip, J., Clegg, T., Bonsigore, E., Gelderblom, H., Rhodes, E., and Druin, A. (Accepted)  Brownies or Bags-of-Stuff? Domain Expertise in Cooperative Inquiry with Children. Paper Submitted to the Interaction, Design, and Children Annual Conference, New York, NY.

  • Clegg, T. (2013). Keynote: The Potential of Technology for Enhancing Scientific Disposition Development. Presented at the 2nd Annual Learning Science Workshop: Research and Innovation for Enhancing Achievement and Equity. Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA.

Research Projects: 

ScienceKit for Science Everywhere - A Seamless Scientizing Ecosystem for Raising Scientifically-Minded Children

Principal Investigator: Tamara Clegg

This project designs and implements ubiquitous technology tools to help children in the United States, especially those in lower socioeconomic status neighborhoods, who face systematic challenges in connecting science learning across school, home, and informal experiences.

Bering Land Bridge - Alaskan Animal Adaptations Web Page

Principal Investigator: Tamara Clegg

The Bering Land Bridge National Preserve, one of the most remote and isolated park service sites, hopes to engage with young visitors with an improved Alaska Animal Adaptation web page on its website.

NatureNet - Community-Driven Environmental Projects (C-DEP)

Principal Investigator: Jennifer J. Preece, Tamara Clegg

The Community-Driven Environmental Projects (C-DEP) model is a multi-university research endeavor funded by the NSF AISL program with an objective to engage members of diverse communities in local nature and environmental conservation projects of their choosing.