My  education includes a Laurea degree  (equivalent to a U.S. MA degree) in Developmental and Educational Psychology  from the University of Padua, Italy and a MA and Ph.D. in Developmental  Psychology from the University of California, Los Angeles.

From  the University of Padua I also received a specialization certificate in learning  disabilities.  Before coming to the U.S.,  I spent two years working with and conducting research on children with  language and learning delays.

Once  I arrived in the U.S. in the fall of 1994, I began to study mathematics teaching at UCLA, working  in close contact with researchers who conducted the Third International  Mathematics and Science Video Studies (TIMSS 1995 and 1999).  There I have explored the cultural nature of  teaching.

The  following view on teaching guides my current work:

Teaching depends on  the structure, organization, and operation of schools; these factors evolve  together over time.  They are adapted to  multiple conditions and tend toward a stable pattern: a balancing of what is  desirable (values) with what is possible (ecological realities).  History, politics, economics, and social  factors repeat, reinforce, and undermine existing practices.  Over time, teaching, like all cultural  activities and routines, becomes relatively transparent and taken for granted;  it embodies beliefs concerning what is right and proper.  The narrow range of instructional practices a  teacher happens to have observed (both as a student earlier in life and  elsewhere) is one of the major barriers to changing teaching (Gallimore and  Santagata, 2005). 

For  more details about my background, see my curriculum vitae.

Rossella Santagata
Associate Professor
3200 Education Building

Key Research Areas

Teacher learning, video in teacher preparation and professional development, mathematics teaching and learning, cross-cultural studies of classroom teaching


Laurea in Developmental and Education Psychology, Universita` di Padova, Italy (1993)
Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology, Minor in Discourse Analysis, University of California, Los Angeles (2002)