Sasha Barab is a professor in the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College at Arizona State University, where he holds the Pinnacle West Presidential Chair. He is a founding senior scientist and scholar of the Learning Sciences Institute and Director of the Center for Games & Impact. His research has resulted in numerous grants, dozens of articles and multiple chapters in published books, which investigate knowing and learning in its material, social and cultural context. He develops sustainable interventions and theoretical ideas to support a more knowledgeable, compassionate and committed citizenship.
Professor Barab designs and researches learning environments to assist children in developing their sense of purpose as individuals, as members of their communities and as knowledgeable citizens of the world. Central to this work has been the understanding of the value in transformational play. Students who play in this manner become agents of change who use real-world knowledge, skills and concepts to make sense of a situation and then make choices that actually transform their play space and themselves, creating a place in which what you know is directly related to what you are able to do and, ultimately, who you become.