My research focuses on teacher learning and organizational processes that shape the implementation of educational policies, school curricula, and afterschool programs. I examine learning and development from sociocultural, social capital, and complex social systems perspectives. In one project funded by the National Science Foundation, I am developing and testing models of teacher professional development related to the Next Generation Science Standards. In another project with Cynthia Coburn (Northwestern University) funded by the William T. Grant Foundation, I am studying the dynamics of research-practice partnerships focused on instructional improvement in mathematics. Two of Professor my current projects, Synergies (Noyce Foundation, with John Falk and Lyn Dierking of Oregon State University) and the Longitudinal Study of Connected Learning (MacArthur Foundation), are examining how children’s interests develop over time and across different kinds of settings.
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