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Megan Bang

Megan Bang

Professor of Learning Sciences


Annenberg Hall
Room 140
2120 Campus Drive
Evanston, IL 60208-0001

Biography

Megan Bang (Ojibwe and Italian decent) is a Professor of the Learning Sciences and Psychology at Northwestern University and is currently serving as the Senior Vice President at the Spencer Foundation. Dr. Bang studies dynamics of culture, learning, and development broadly with a specific focus on the complexities of navigating multiple meaning systems in creating and implementing more effective and just learning environments in science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics education. She focuses on reasoning and decision-making about complex socio-ecological systems in ways that intersect with culture, power, and historicity. Central to this work are dimensions of identity, equity and community engagement. She conducts research in both schools and informal settings across the life course. She has taught in and conducted research in teacher education as well as leadership preparation programs. Dr. Bang currently serves on the Board of Science Education at the National Academy of Sciences. She also serves as an executive editor of Cognition and Instruction and is on the editorial boards of several other top tiered journals in the field.

Please see also the issue of SESP Magazine Spring 2019


Curriculum Vitae

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Awards/Honors

  • 2015 - American Education Research Association - Bobby Wright Award for Early Career Contributions to Research in Indigenous Education
  • 2015 - American Education Research Association, Division K, Teaching and Teacher Education, Early Career Award

Research/Scholarship

Education

Year Degree Institution
2009 PhD, Learning Sciences
Learning Sciences
Northwestern University
1997 Political Science with Political Theory concentration Williams College

Selected Publications

Warren, B., Vossoughi, S. Bang, M., Taylor, E., Rosebery, A. (Working Paper/In Press/Under Review). Epistemic Heterogeneity and Disciplinary Learning in Nasir, Na'ilah Suad, Lee, Carol D., Pea, Roy, Handbook of the Cultural Foundations of Learning Routledge.

Tzou, C.T., Meixi, Suarez, W., Bell, P., LaBonte, D., Starks, E., & Bang, M. (2019). Making, materiality, and robotics within everyday acts of Indigenous presence and resurgence. Cognition and Instruction: 306-326.
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Ishimaru, A.M., Bang, M., Valladares, M.R., Nolan, C.M., Tavares, H., Rajendran, A., Chang, K. (2019). Policy Memo: Recasting Families and Communities as Co-Designers of Education in Tumultuous Times. National Education Policy Center.

Ishimaru, A. M., Rajendran, A., Nolan, C. M., & Bang, M. (2018). Community Design Circles: Co-designing Justice and Wellbeing in Family-Community-Research Partnerships. Journal of Family Diversity in Education: 38-63.
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Barajas-López, F., & Bang, M. (2018). Indigenous Making and Sharing: Claywork in an Indigenous STEAM Program.. Equity & Excellence in Education: 7-20.
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Bang, M., Marin, A., & Medin, D. (2018). If Indigenous Peoples Stand with the Sciences, Will Scientists Stand with Us?. Dedalus: 148-159.
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Medin, D., ojalehto, b., Marin, A., & Bang, M. (2017). Systems of (non-) diversity. Nature Human Behaviour.
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Philip, T., Vossoughi, S., Bang, M., Zavala, M., & Jurrow, S. (2017). The Role of the Learning Sciences in a New Era of US Nationalism. Cognition and Instruction.
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Brayboy, B. McKinley. J, Solyom, J.A., Chin, J.A. Tachine, A., Bang, M., Bustamante, N., Ben, C., Myles, C. Poleviyuma, Tom, M., Abuwandi, S., Richmond, A. (2017). Report for RISE: A Study of Indigenous Boys and Men. Paper prepared for RISE: Boys and Men of Color, Philadelphia, PA.. RISE: For Boys and Men of Color.

Bang, M., & Vossoughi, S. (2016). Participatory Design Research and Educational Justice: Studying Learning and Relations Within Social Change Making. Cognition and Instruction: 173-193.
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Bang, M., Brown, B., Calabrese Barton, A., Rosebery, A., Warren, B. (2016). Reframing Diversity: Expanding Relationships between Students, Teachers, and Science Practices in Schwarz, C., Passmore, C., and Reiser, B., Moving Beyond "Knowing" Science to Making Sense of the World: Bringing Next Generation Science and Engineering Practices into our K-12 Classrooms.

Bang, Megan (2016). Making Human-Nature Relations: Settler-colonialism, Indigenous ways of knowing, and socio-cultural theories of learning in Esmonde, I. & Booker, A., Critical and socio-cultural theories of learning Routledge.

Research Interests

Dynamics of culture, learning, and development broadly with a specific focus on the complexities of navigating multiple meaning systems in creating and implementing more effective and just learning environments in science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics education; reasoning and decision-making about complex socio-ecological systems in ways that intersect with culture, power, and historicity.   

Service/Recognition

Professional Service

Year Organization Position Description
2020 - 2022 National Science Foundation Advisory Committee for Environmental Research and Education  
2020 - 2022 National Science Foundation Education and Human Resources Advisory Committee  
2019 National Academies of Education Committee on Civic Reasoning and Discourse
2018 National Academy of Science Board on Science Education
2016 Grassroots Indigenous Multimedia Board Member

Editorial Boards

Year Journal Name Position
2018 Equity & Excellence Editorial Board Member
2016 Cognition and Instruction Executive Editor
2014 Journal of the Learning Sciences Editorial Board Member
2014 Curriculum Inquiry Editorial Board Member
2013 Mind, Culture, and Activity Editorial Board Member
2011 Journal of American Indian Education Editorial Board Member


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