Carol Lee Lectures on Learning Sciences at Barcelona University

Carol Lee Lectures on Learning Sciences at Barcelona University

Carol Lee

Professor Carol Lee was one of eight prominent learning scientists who lectured at the First International Scientific Seminar in Learning Sciences in Barcelona, Spain, on April 6. The series convened at the Universitat Internacional de Catalunya (UIC), which is establishing a learning sciences program to explore critical dimensions of learning.

A professor in the Learning Sciences program at SESP, Lee gave an in-depth presentation about her research. Her session focused on a theory of cultural modeling for the design and enactment of curriculum that draws on all students’ cultural intelligence. Lee is widely known for her cultural modeling theory that informs the design of curriculum by drawing on prior knowledge that traditionally underserved students bring to classrooms.

The first International Scientific Seminar in Learning Sciences, organized by the UIC Faculty of Education, has the theme “Grounding the Best Schools in Cutting-Edge Research.” This series featured eight learning scientists leading daylong sessions on the role of interaction and language in learning and development.

The seminar series was intended to highlight current contributions in the learning sciences, a field that began at Northwestern University. Learning scientists shared cutting-edge research findings that can strengthen the design of effective learning environments.

Lee and other seminar leaders are international researchers who have made important advances in the scientific understanding of learning environments for students.

SESP Learning Sciences graduate Erica Halvorsen (Ph05) will give a presentation on May 11. Halvorsen is an assistant professor in the department of curriculum and instruction at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her topic will be “The Centrality of Identity in Contemporary Learning: The Role of Language and Narrative in Identity Development.”

Lee is the Tarry Professor of Education and Social Policy at Northwestern. She is a former president of the American Education Research Association and a current task force co-chair for the World Education Research Association. She is a member of the National Academy of Education, a fellow of the National Conference of Research on Language and Literacy, and a former fellow at the Center for Advanced Studies in the Behavioral Sciences. She is also the author of two books, Culture, Literacy and Learning and Signifying as a Scaffold for Literary Interpretation.

Several major awards have recognized her contributions to education. These include the Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education, the Martin E. and Gertrude G. Walder Award for Research Excellence, the National Council of Teachers of English Distinguished Service Award, and the AERA Scholars of Color Distinguished Scholar Award. She has been a member of the faculty of the School of Education and Social Policy and African American Studies at Northwestern University since 1991. 

By Marilyn Sherman
Last Modified: 4/25/13