Sadhana Puntambekar


Sadhana Puntambekar is a professor in UW-Madison's Educational Psychology department. Her research is in the field of design and use of technology enriched interactive environments in education.

Her current research, funded by an early CAREER award from the National Science Foundation is focused on understanding the cognitive and contextual issues in integrating digital text in middle school science classes. The research is being conducted in the context of using the CoMPASS environment, which uses conceptual representations in the form of maps, as well as text descriptions to help students understand the interrelationships between concepts and principles. She has also worked closely with middle school teachers to develop the curriculum for the project.

Puntambekar graduated from the School of Cognitive and Computing Sciences at the University of Sussex, where her dissertation work focused on the design and use of a computer-based system to help students learn metacognitive skills in studying from texts. After completing her doctoral studies she worked as a postdoctoral fellow on the Learning by Design project at Georgia Institute of Technology. Prior to joining UW-Madison, Puntambekar served on the faculty at the University of Connecticut-Storrs.

Contact Information
Phone: (608) 262-0829
Office: 1071 Ed Sciences

Current Projects

Implementing a Workflow Visualization System for Design Based Research
Bio-Sphere: Fostering Deep Learning of Complex Biology for Building Our Next Generation's Scientists
Science Inquiry Using Physical and Virtual Experiments: Systematic Investigation of Issues and Conditions for Learning

Completed Projects

CAREER: Designing Hypertext Materials for Science Classrooms: Understanding Students' Changing Cognitive Representations
SLC Catalyst: Learning About Causal Systems in Complex Domains
CoMPASS-DL: Design and Use of a Concept Map Interface for Helping Middle School Students Navigate Digital Libraries
Scaffolding Students' Use of Multiple Representations for Science Learning
Enhancing Literacy in Science Through Digital Text, Simulations, and Design Challenges
EAGER: SAVI: Dynamic Digital Text: An Innovation in STEM Education