Kris Gutierrez, Professor

Open (1) Ingenuity and the shaping of new participation trajectories: Examining Connected Learning through joint mediated practices in the home

Open. Apprentices needed for the fall semester. Please do NOT contact faculty before September 11th (the start of the 4th week of classes)! Enter your application on the web beginning August 16th. The deadline to apply is Tuesday, August 29th at 8 AM.

‘Formal’ learning environments are often rife with tensions between everyday expertise and school-based knowledge, particularly for youth from nondominant communities. The scholars in this project approach learning as a syncretic process that brings together everyday and academic learning (Gutiérrez, 2014). To develop an understanding of how syncretic processes of connected learning develop in youth and adults, we examine connected learning “as movement” (Gutierrez, 2008) across multiple sites, ways of knowing, relationships among peers, mentors and family members, and youths’ interests. We find that nondominant communities in our study employ creativity and ingenuity to expand the possibilities of their current circumstances and shape new participation trajectories.


The learning outcomes of this project are to understand:
1) how to design ecologies that include learning practices that are organized around both everyday and school-based forms of expertise
2) how children and families engage in joint activity with digital media
3) how the social organization of activity in multiple contexts shapes and mobilizes media use, interests, and practices,
4) how home media, language and literacy ecologies and ideologies affect connected learning.

The tasks of undergraduates are to:
1) Examine family video data to gather more evidence for the research group codes
2) Participate in an hour long research group meeting to discuss findings
3) Propose new codes for our study
4) Assist graduate student researchers with activity logs based on the videos

Qualifications: Undergraduate in 3rd or 4th year (prefer students with an interest in the field of education)

Weekly Hours: 6-9 hrs