Kay Ramey

Kay Ramey

Kay Ramey

Kay Ramey

Postdoctoral Researcher and Lecturer

Annenberg Hall
Room 148
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

Research Interests

My research examines how young people organize their own learning and how to design spaces and activities that allow equitable access for them to do so. Most of this research has been conducted in the context of STEAM activities and maker spaces, drawing on my own personal background in the arts. One line of my work investigates interest development and the role of interest in learning. This includes how interest-driven learning supports the development of 21st century skills, how young people pursue interests and learning across contextual boundaries, and how interest-driven learning environments might be designed to support equitable engagement. A second line of work examines how young people organize and make use of social and material resources to make sense of spatial phenomena in the context of STEAM learning activities. And a third line examines how educators make sense of and adapt innovative STEAM programming to meet their needs and the needs of their students.

My work primarily draws upon distributed perspectives on thinking and learning, and as a result, is largely qualitative, relying on interviews, video-ethnography, and interaction analysis. However, I also have a background in quantitative analysis and have conducted a number of mixed methods studies involving surveys, assessments, and web-log data.