We are a research group at the Harvard Graduate School of Education within Project Zero. We focus on the intersection of cognition and learning. Much of our work focuses on learning the adaptive expertise needed to live in a complex world. We have carried out a large body of work on how to reason about causality complexity. We have also focused on the design of curriculum and pedagogy and on reimagining schools for the next generation of learners. Some of the questions that we pursue include:
- How does human cognitive architecture influence how we reason about complexity in our world?
- How can we help people to use their cognition well in reasoning about complexity?
- How can we educate tomorrow’s learners to reason well about a complex world and to be able to solve the difficult problems that they will face?
- How can passion-driven learning and honoring students’ agency help them learn to become adaptive experts who navigate their own learning processes as life-long learners?
Our work has deep implications for policy and practice. We collaborate with scientists, engineers, and teachers in our work to develop curriculum and pedagogical approaches that will lead to better outcomes for the next generation.