As a cognitive scientist working in education, I study the linguistic, cognitive, and social development of children from various sociocultural backgrounds, and how that development shapes and is shaped by their school-based learning. I am especially interested in cultivating the development of academically-relevant capacities that are revealed in diverse learning contexts, including in language-immersion and other second-language-teaching environments.
The capacity I currently focus on is perspective-taking—both social and cognitive—because of its deep importance to argumentation and literacy skill development, and to academic and personal success more generally. My work on this explores:
I currently approach these questions using mixed methods research techniques (qualitative and quantitative analyses of student data), in addition to investigating issues in intervention/design-based implementation research, applied psycholinguistics, philosophy of science, and developmental psychology that intersect with them—click here to learn more.