About Us

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.

CLiC Project News

UNESCO Chapter and Follow Up Discussion on International Science and Evidence-Based Assessment

March 21, 2022

There will be a discussion related to a recent publication that Tina Grotzer collaborated on with a diverse set of colleagues for UNESCO focused on International Science and Evidence-Based Assessment that resulted in a chapter (2022) entitled, ‘Foundations of academic knowledge’ in Bugden, S. & Borst, G. (eds.) Education and the learning experience in Reimagining education: The International Science and Evidence based Education Assessment [Duraiappah, A.K., Atteveldt, N.M. van et al. (eds.)]. New Delhi: UNESCO MGIEP. The ISEE Assessment follow up roundtable...

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Maleka Donaldson joins Smith College Faculty and publishes her book!

May 26, 2021
CLiC lab alum, Maleka Donaldson joined the Smith College Faculty in Fall 2021 as an Assistant Professor of Education and Child Study.  Her book from her dissertation work, "From Oops to Aha: Portraits of Learning from Mistakes in Kindergarten" came out in Spring 2021. We are so excited for her and look forward to continuing to collaborate on areas of shared interest!

EcoXPT Curriculum is Available!

March 22, 2020

Thank you to the many teachers who tested our new EcoXPT Curriculum. The curriculum is available for free download and classroom use. EcoXPT uses a virtual world to teach the causal dynamics of ecosystems and to help students learn the forms of experimentation and investigation that ecosystems scientists use to understand complex, real world science problems that exist on broad spatial and temporal scales. It helps them to learn the Crosscutting Concepts of Patterns and Causality from the Next Generation Science Standards.  Find out more at this...

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S. Lynneth Solis Selected for AERA Dissertation Award in Early Education/Child Development

February 12, 2019
S. Lynneth Solis has been selected to receive the AERA Dissertation Award in Early Education/Child Development for her dissertation entitled, "Sociocultural Context of Play: Experiences of Indigenous Children in the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, Colombia" completed in May 2018. Lynneth conducted a powerful ethnographic study employing a sociocultural lens to explore the influences on play experiences of Wiwa, Kogi, and Arhuaco children in the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, Colombia. She found a complex system of competing priorities and visions of childhood and that the children,... Read more about S. Lynneth Solis Selected for AERA Dissertation Award in Early Education/Child Development
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