Dr. Sharon Tettegah holds a degree in Educational Psychology from the University of California. She is a professor in the University of Illinois Department of Curriculum and Instruction and an affiliate faculty member in the Beckman Institute Human Perception and Performance group. Her fields of professional interest are educational applications of simulations and virtual reality environments related to human perception and performance in human-computer intelligent interaction within teaching and learning milieus. She specializes in the study of simulations and virtual reality environments.
Sharon currently is investigating pre-service teachers, and other students in higher education, attitudes and perceptions of student's school interactions involving relational aggression and victimization. Her research interests include the use of web based animated narrative vignette technologies (simulations) as a methodology to understand cognitive and emotional responses of educators and other professionals in helping professions.
She holds the view that web based technologies such as simulations and synthetic environments (i.e., virtual environments) are examples of how educators can use technology to understand issues that affect classroom teaching and learning practices in a diverse society. She and a colleague recently developed a software program for educators to develop their own simulations. Sharon also study identity semiotics within the context of simulations.