Kay Ramey

Dr. Kay Ramey

Annenberg Hall
Room G25
2120 Campus Drive
Evanston, IL 60208-0001

Curriculum Vitae

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Year Degree Institution
2017 PhD, Learning Sciences Northwestern University
2010 MA, Social Sciences University of Chicago
2007 BA, Psychology and Art Theory & Practice Northwestern University


Year Title  
2017 FUSE Studios: Bringing Interest-driven, Integrated-STEAM Learning into Schools via Makerspaces

Research Interests

My research examines ways to engage students in STEM learning through arts-integration (STEAM) and hands-on making, tinkering, and engineering design activities. In the context of these activities, I examine what students learn, with a particular focus on interdisciplinary skills, such as spatial skills and 21st century skills. I also study how student interests shape learning, and how interest-driven, informal learning activities, such as making and tinkering activities, might be moved into schools to increase STEM engagement and participation.  

My work is informed by both cognitive and socio-cultural perspectives on learning, but primarily draws upon 
Constructionism, Distributed Cognition Theory, Actor Network Theory, and Cultural Historical Activity Theory. Consequently, my work is primarily qualitative, relying on ethnographic methods such cognitive ethnography and interaction analysis. However, I have experience with a wide range of qualitative, quantitative, and design based research methods.  


Employment History

2017 - Current Postdoctoral Fellow, Northwestern University
2120 Campus Drive
Evanston IL 60208
2010 2011 Graduate Research Assistant, NORC at the University of Chicago
1155 East 60th Street
Chicago IL 60637
2008 2008 E-outreach Intern, Planned Parenthood Advocates of Wisconsin
302 N Jackson Street
Milwaukee WI 53202

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