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Maya Israel (Maya Israel, Ph.D.)



  • Higher Ed: Education, Researcher 


Maya Israel, Ph.D. is an assistant professor of special education at the University of Illinois. Her primary areas of specialization include supporting students' meaningful access to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) learning through Universal Design for Learning, instructional strategies, and technologies. She is involved in several research and development projects that investigate the impact of collaborative computational thinking and computer programming on students' persistence during difficult academic tasks, adaptive help seeking, and collaborative problem solving. She also investigates teachers' use of instructional strategies and technologies to enhance STEM learning. 


STEM for struggling learners, Universal Design for Learning, Computing and Computational thinking 


Israel, M., Wang, S., & Marino, M. T. (2015). A multilevel analysis of diverse learners playing life science video games: Interactions between gaming content, learning disability status, reading proficiency, and gender. Journal of Research in Science Teaching.

Israel, M., Wherfel, Q., Pearson, J., Shehab, S., & Tapia, T. (2015). Empowering K-12 students with disabilities to learn computational thinking and computer programming. TEACHING Exceptional Children, 48(1), 45-53.

Israel, M., Pearson, J., Tapia, T., Wherfel, Q., & Reese, G. (2015). Supporting all learners in school-wide computational thinking: A cross case analysis. Computers & Education, 82, 263-279. DOI: 10.1016/j.compedu.2014.11.022

Israel, M., Kamman, M., McCray, E., & Sindelar, P. (2014). Mentoring in action: The interplay between professional assistance, emotional support, and teacher evaluation. Exceptional Children, 81(1), 45-63.

Marino, M. T., Gotch, C. M., Israel, M., Vasquez, E., & Basham, J. (2014). UDL in the middle school science classroom: Can video games and alternate text heighten engagement and learning for students with learning disabilities? Learning Disabilities Quarterly, 37(2), 87-99.

Israel, M., Marino, M., Basham, J., & Spivak, W. (2013). 5th graders as app designers: How diverse learners conceptualize educational apps. Journal of Research on Technology in Education, 46(1), 53-80.

Israel, M., Carnahan, C., Snyder, K., & Williamson, P. (2013). Supporting the induction of teachers of students with autism spectrum disorders through virtual coaching: A conceptual framework. Remedial and Special Education, 34(4), 195-204. DOI: 10.1177/0741932512450517.

Marino, M. T., Israel, M., Beecher, C. C., & Basham, J. D. (2013). Students and teachers perceptions of using video games to enhance science instruction. Journal of Science Education and Technology, 22(5), 667-680.