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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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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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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)