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Senior Education Researcher, Center for Technology in Learning
Kea Anderson, Ph.D., is a researcher and evaluator who specializes in informal STEM learning. Her work reflects a commitment to improving equity in access to out-of-school learning opportunities and connecting home, school, and community contexts.
Anderson is currently leading the summative evaluation of the Research+Practice Collaboratory, a networked group of research-practice partnerships (RPPs) focused on improving equity and outcomes in STEM education, while developing tools and approaches to support the education research-and-practice field. In another project, with the American Museum of Natural History, Anderson is investigating the STEM pathways of youth participants in and alumni of an intensive mentored research experience.
Other current projects center on the study of community partnerships and community engagement initiatives. As part of the Evaluation of the Ready to Learn Intiative, she is evaluating community coalitions formed around public media stations engage parents and young children, particularly from low-income communities in early STEM learning. She is also studying the use of digital media in aquariums and a related outreach program led by public media stations to engage young children in ocean science learning.
Recent projects include a landscape study of communities and resources that connect educators in making and several NSF program evaluations.
Anderson took an unusual path to SRI. She first became interested in how people learn (and learn better) during her graduate studies while teaching and training new instructors. She holds a Ph.D. in English from the University of California, Berkeley, and earned her master’s and bachelor’s degrees from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. She also holds a diplôme des études approfondies from the Université de Paris 7.