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Education Researcher, Center for Technology in Learning
Kea Anderson, Ph.D., is a researcher and evaluator specialized in informal learning. Her work reflects a commitment to improving equity in access to out-of-school learning opportunities and connecting out-of-school and in-school learning.
Anderson is currently working on an implementation study and summative evaluation of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting’s Ready to Learn Initiative, in which public media stations form community coalitions to engage parents and young children in early learning. She is also conducting the summative evaluation of the Research+Practice Collaboratory, a network of research-practice partnerships supporting science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education reform in and out of school. With the American Museum of Natural History, Anderson is embarking on a new longitudinal study of STEM pathways of youth participants in and alumni of an intensive mentored research experience.
Recent projects include evaluations of federal grant programs, such as the National Science Foundation’s Informal Science Education program (now named AISL, Advancing Informal STEM Learning) and the Innovative Technology Experiences for Students and Teachers (ITEST) program. She also recently completed a landscape study for the Maker Education Initiative (Maker Ed).
Anderson first became interested in how people learn (and learn better) during her graduate studies while teaching and also 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.