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Carrie James

Lecturer on Education
Research Associate, Project Zero

Carrie James

Degree:  Ph.D., New York University, (2003)
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Phone:  617.496.9970
Office:  Longfellow 413
Faculty Assistant:  Scott Ruescher

Profile

Carrie James is a research associate and a principal investigator at Project Zero (PZ) and a lecturer on education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. A sociologist by training, her research explores young people's digital, moral, and civic lives.Since arriving at PZ in 2003, James has worked with Howard Gardner and colleagues on The Good Project. She also co-directed The Good Play Project, a research and educational initiative funded by the MacArthur Foundation, focused on youth, ethics, and new digital media. At present, she is co-Principal Investigator of the Good Participation project, a study of how youth "do civics" in the digital age that is part of the Youth and Participatory Politics (YPP) research network. In collaboration with the YPP network and Facing History and Ourselves, James and colleagues are developing classroom materials to support youth as they use social media to participate in public life.She is co-Principal Investigator of the Out of Eden Learn project with Liz Dawes Duraisingh and Shari Tishman. Out of Eden Learn is an educational online community and companion to Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Paul Salopek's epic Out of Eden Walk. Carrie also co-directs PZ Connect, a collaboration with Independent Schools Victoria (Melbourne, Australia). PZ Connect provides online professional development for teachers related to Project Zero ideas.James' publications include Disconnected: Youth, New Media, and the Ethics Gap (The MIT Press, 2014)and numerous articles in journals of media and communication. She is a recurring faculty member for the Project Zero Classroom and the Future of Learning summer institutes. She holds a M.A.(1996) and a Ph.D.(2003) in Sociology from New York University. Learn more about Carrie James here.

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Sponsored Projects

PZ Connect (2016-2016)
Independent Schools Victoria

Building on a multi-year relationship between Project Zero (PZ) and ISV, the PZ Connect initiative will involve exploration of mechanisms for supporting educators remotely, through online and blended structures, (the Outreach strand) as well as the investigation of fundamental problems in teaching and learning through PZ frameworks (the Development strand). The overall work of the initiative dovetails with current efforts underway at PZ to move beyond our typical modes of outreach activity given the many affordances online environments provide for supporting teaching and learning. Through the Outreach strand, the larger focus of the initiative, researchers will develop and support informative and interactive educational experiences which vary in length and time commitment involved as well as those that are designed to meet the needs of different audiences with the ISV network — those new to PZ ideas, those familiar with some PZ frameworks who want to extend their learning to other frameworks and tools, and those with a long history of using certain frameworks who want to deepen and push their practice in new ways. Through the Development strand, the inquiry work will consider contemporary opportunities and challenges for cultivating deep thinking and understanding. Specific lines of inquiry will include: engaging complexity (developing tools to support learners to engage with complex contemporary issues); developing global thinking/competence (fostering perspective taking, empathy, recognizing perspectives); transfer of learning; balancing reflection and intuition; and emergent aspects of learning (how some understandings and skills may emerge best through bottom-up processes as rather than through direct instruction).

PZ Connect (2014-2016)
Independent Schools Victoria

Building on a multi-year relationship between Project Zero (PZ) and ISV, the PZ Connect initiative involves exploration of mechanisms for supporting educators remotely, through online and blended structures, (the Outreach strand) as well as the investigation of fundamental problems in teaching and learning through PZ frameworks (the Development strand). The overall work of the initiative dovetails with current efforts underway at PZ to move beyond our typical modes of outreach activity given the many affordances online environments provide for supporting teaching and learning. Through the Outreach strand, the larger focus of the initiative, researchers develop and support informative and interactive educational experiences which vary in length and time commitment involved as well as those that are designed to meet the needs of different audiences with the ISV network — those new to PZ ideas, those familiar with some PZ frameworks who want to extend their learning to other frameworks and tools, and those with a long history of using certain frameworks who want to deepen and push their practice in new ways. Through the Development strand, the inquiry work considers contemporary opportunities and challenges for cultivating deep thinking and understanding. Specific lines of inquiry include: engaging complexity (developing tools to support learners to engage with complex contemporary issues); developing global thinking/competence (fostering perspective taking, empathy, recognizing perspectives); transfer of learning; balancing reflection and intuition; and emergent aspects of learning (how some understandings and skills may emerge best through bottom-up processes as rather than through direct instruction).

Publications
Disconnected: Youth, New Media, and the Ethics Gap. Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press.,(2014)
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