Assistant Professor, Curriculum & Instruction
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC)
- My research investigates how distributed scaffolding supports dialogic, collaborative meaning-making in classrooms and museums through design-based research (DBR).
- I specifically analyze the ways in which people provide support in conjunction with scaffolds embedded in the learning context.
- I’m interested in the intersection between teacher education and museum education, and the ways these fields come together to innovate best practices in teaching.
- I leverage a combination of qualitative, quantitative, and computational approaches to dig into scaffolding, collaboration, and learning at multiple grain sizes using diverse data sources.
- Much of my research takes place in CSCL contexts, including museum exhibits, K-12 classrooms, and online courses.
Some methods I use on a regular basis include:
- Sociocultural discourse analysis
- Quantitative discourse analysis
- Interaction analysis
- Informed grounded theory
- Parametric and nonparametric statistical tests
- Regression and ANOVA/ANCOVA
- Social network analysis
- Association analysis
- Sequential pattern mining
- Markov models
- Natural language processing (NLP)
Some programs I use on a regular basis:
Outside of Work
- Running, lifting, and indoor rock climbing.
- Hunting for street art.
- Visiting science, art, and design museums.
- Learning to love the Oxford comma.