Why It Matters: Karen Brennan

In an ongoing series, education researchers reflect on what drives their work

March 13, 2015

In a continuing series, Usable Knowledge is asking faculty members at the Harvard Graduate School of Education to grapple with the question of why their work matters — and to share reflections about what motivates them. Their answers — recorded in minute-long videos — are a reminder of the vital role that education plays in addressing the complex challenges of today’s world.

Here’s how HGSE Assistant Professor Karen Brennan answered the question of why it matters. See what other Harvard faculty members have to say — watch the full Why It Matters series.


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