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Kathryn Lanouette

Assistant Professor of STEM Education


Kathryn Lanouette joins W&M as an Assistant Professor of STEM Education. Her research explores the potential of digital tools to support ambitious and equitable science learning opportunities for K-12 students. She was previously with the University of California, Berkeley. Professor Lanouette’s research studies the ways in which children’s science learning develops across multiple contexts, with a focus on the intersections of data, place and mapping. She draws on design-based research methodologies to imagine, design and study children’s learning about complex socio-ecological systems. She is particularly interested in how children’s rich connections to everyday people and places can be integral to their science learning, particularly in ecology. In one line of inquiry, her research investigates the possibilities and limits of digital mapping tools, like participatory GIS maps, to support children’s learning about complex systems and data in ways that sustain and make space for their perspectives and voices. In a second line of analysis, she examines how children’s emergent emotions, like delight, competition and empathy, shape how they engage in ecologists’ practices like observation of the natural world, experiment design and data visualization.