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Edward Peter Clapp

Lecturer on Education
Project Director, Project Zero

Edward Peter Clapp

Degree:  Ed.D., Harvard University, (2014); Ed.M., Harvard University, (2007)
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Phone:  617.496.3859
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Office:  Longfellow 406C
Faculty Assistant:  Scott Ruescher


Edward P. Clapp is a senior research manager and a member of the core research team working on the Agency by Design initiative — an investigation of the promises, practices, and pedagogies of maker-centered learning — at Project Zero, an educational research center at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Clapp's current research interests include creativity and innovation, "maker" education, design thinking, and contemporary approaches to arts teaching and learning. In the past, Edward has worked with Project Zero on the multiyear research initiative, the Qualities of Quality: Understanding Excellence in Arts Education. In addition to his work as an educational researcher, Edward is an HGSE Lecturer on Education and co-instructor (with Carrie James) of the HGSE course "Thinking and Learning Today and Tomorrow: Project Zero Perspectives." Edward is also an adjunct professor at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design where he teaches a graduate level course entitled "Principles of Pedagogy for the Studio Arts Educator." In 2013 Edward coedited Expanding Our Vision for the Arts in Education, the most recent special issue of the Harvard Educational Review. Independently, in 2010 Edward edited the anthology 20UNDER40: Re-Inventing the Arts and Arts Education for the 21st Century, a collection of 20 essays about the future of the arts sector written by young and emerging arts leaders under the age of 40. Edward holds a Doctorate of Education (Ed.D.) and Masters of Education (Ed.M.) from HGSE, a Masters of Letters (M.Litt.) in poetry from the University of Glasgow/Strathclyde, and a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in painting from the Rhode Island School of Design. In addition to his academic pursuits, Edward has also published his poetry and fiction in national and international literary magazines and has had his plays produced Off-Off-Broadway in New York.

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Sponsored Projects

Out of Eden Learn: Deepening the Impact (2018-2019)
National Geographic Society

This project builds on, expands, and deepens Out of Eden Learn (OOEL), which is an online learning community that brings students from diverse backgrounds together online for meaningful learning experiences. OOEL is an educational companion to National Geographic Fellow Paul Salopek’s Out of Eden Walk. Our broad mission is to support young people to develop essential literacies and dispositions for participating in a globally interconnected world. Our curricula and online platform emphasizes core themes from Paul’s walk including slow looking and listening, storytelling, and connection-making. To date, OOEL has involved 20,000 students in 60 countries. Proposed initiatives include: 1) Development, pilot testing, and implementation of a new curriculum that encourages students to explore the complex interactions between human-caused environmental change and human health; 2) Development, pilot testing, and implementation of a set of online dialogue tools to encourage OOEL students to respectfully exchange different perspectives on the topic of human migration; 3) Deepening our research program to assess OOEL learning outcomes, improve our program, and contribute to new knowledge in education about intercultural understanding, slow looking, promising approaches to teaching human migration and planetary health, and online learning dynamics. Outputs will include new curricula, multi-media (photo and video) documentation of results, and writings for scholarly and educator outlets.

Agency by Design: Making Across the Curriculum (2018-2018)
The Edward E. Ford Foundation

Working in collaboration with the Washington International School (WIS) in Washington, D.C., Agency by Design: Making Across the Curriculum is a one year pilot study designed to explore two inter-related strands of inquiry: How can the practices of maker-centered learning be applied across content areas and grade levels? and How can the practices of maker-centered learning be applied to better reach and engage young people—especially young people of color and those who come from less privileged backgrounds—who struggle to excel within traditional educational structures? The project will be structured around a professional learning community model that will entail work with educators from WIS and from the Washington, DC, Public Schools. The combined learning community will meet on a monthly basis to pilot test instructional tools, collaboratively look at student work, collectively build knowledge, and provide inspiration and support. Project outcomes are expected to include a draft suite of pedagogical strategies for applying maker-centered learning across the curriculum and a draft suite of pedagogical strategies for reaching and engaging young people who are often overlooked by traditional educational structures.

Clapp, E. P. (2014, April). Reframing creativity as a distributed and participatory process: Establishing practical assessments for complex 21st century skills. Paper presented at the Global Learning Alliance Conference, New York.,(2014)

Clapp, E. P. (2013). Balancing the multiple purposes of the arts in education: A portrait of harmony at the Boston Children’s Chorus. Unpublished qualifying paper. Harvard Graduate School of Education, Cambridge, MA.,(2013)

Clapp, E. P. & Edwards, L. A. (Eds.). (2013) Expanding our vision for the arts in education. Harvard Educational Review (special issue), 83(1).,(2013)

Clapp, E. P. (2013). Developing a participatory approach to fostering creativity through education. The Creativity Post. Retrieved from,(2013)

Clapp, E. P. (2012). Is achieving a tesseract-ive state of lingual/cultural savoir être something for the privileged? In B. della Chiesa, J. Scott, & C. Hinton (Eds.), Languages in a global world: Learning for a better cultural understanding (pp. 460-461). Paris, France: Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).,(2012)

Clapp, E. P. (2011, October). Omni-directional mentorship: Redefining mentorship as a reciprocal process of teaching and learning. Paper presented at the 2011 Mentorship Conference, Albuquerque, NM.,(2011)

Clapp, E. P. (2010). Omni-directional mentorship: Exploring a new approach to inter-generational knowledge-sharing in arts practice and administration. In D. Schott (Ed.), A closer look 2010: Leading creatively (pp. 66–79). San Francisco, CA: National Alliance for Media Arts and Culture.,(2010)

Clapp, E. P. (2010, May) Envisioning the future of arts education: Challenging core assumptions, addressing adaptive challenges, and fostering the next generation of arts education leaders. Paper presented at UNESCO’s Second World Conference on Arts Education, Seoul, Korea.,(2010)

Clapp, E. P. (Ed.). (2010). 20UNDER40: Re-inventing the arts and arts education for the 21st century. Bloomington, IN: AuthorHouse.,(2010)

Clapp, E. P. (2010). Mistaking inclusion for exclusion: Fighting bias with bias. The Arts Politic, 1(2). Retrieved from,(2010)