• 1101 Citations
1994 …2022

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Research Interests

Dr. Stevens' research examines and compares cognitive activity in a range of settings including classrooms, workplaces, and science museums. On the basis of this comparative work, he is exploring new ways to conceptualize cognition and organize learning environments. His specific interests include how mathematical activity contributes to various settings and how technology mediates thinking and learning. His multidisciplinary research draws on cognitive science, interactionist traditions, and the social studies of science and technology.

To understand learners' naturally occurring activities, Dr. Stevens collects audio-video records of people working and analyzes them with a variety of methods adapted from cognitive science, science studies, and ethnomethodology/conversation analysis, in addition to long-term ethnographic fieldwork and interviewing. He also designs curriculum, activities, and technologies, including Video Traces software that allows people to collect digital video clips and annotate them with talk or gestures.

Education/Academic qualification

Cognitive Studies in Education, PhD, University of California, Berkeley

… → 1999

Education in Mathematics, Science & Technology, MA, University of California, Berkeley

… → 1994

Mathematics, BA, Pomona College

… → 1987

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  • FUSE - 2014

    Jona, K. & Stevens, R.

    John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation


    Project: Research project

  • Research Output

    Open Access
  • Girls as experts, helpers, organizers, and leaders: Designing for equitable access and participation in cscl environments

    Ramey, K. E. & Stevens, R., Jan 1 2019, A Wide Lens: Combining Embodied, Enactive, Extended, and Embedded Learning in Collaborative Settings - 13th International Conference on Computer Supported Collaborative Learning, CSCL 2019 - Conference Proceedings. Lund, K., Niccolai, G. P., Lavoue, E., Hmelo-Silver, C., Gweon, G. & Baker, M. (eds.). International Society of the Learning Sciences (ISLS), p. 368-375 8 p. (Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning Conference, CSCL; vol. 1).

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

  • Inquiry as a Members’ Phenomenon: Young Children as Competent Inquirers

    Keifert, D. & Stevens, R., Mar 15 2019, In : Journal of the Learning Sciences. 28, 2, p. 240-278 39 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 2 Scopus citations
  • 1 Scopus citations

    Research on Engineering Practice: Catalyzing a Scholarly Community

    Brunhaver, S. R., Jesiek, B. K., Strong, A. C., Korte, R. & Stevens, R., Mar 4 2019, Frontiers in Education: Fostering Innovation Through Diversity, FIE 2018 - Conference Proceedings. Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc., 8658964. (Proceedings - Frontiers in Education Conference, FIE; vol. 2018-October).

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution