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Victor R. Lee

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Victor R. Lee

Associate Professor

Assistant: John Baker

Office: CERAS 411


Victor R. Lee is an Associate Professor in the Graduate School of Education at Stanford University and leads the Data Interactions & STEM Teaching and Learning (DISTAL) Lab. Through his research, he asks what STEM knowledge, tools, and practices are important to know to enable active participation and critical engagement with our increasingly digitally-infused lives. He then uses the tools of educational design to create examples for how we could get there. Currently, that involves researching and designing experiences for K-12 teaching and learning about data - often through a "quantified self" perspective, documenting and supporting the development of computational thinking in elementary school classrooms, and analyzing and supporting maker education in out-of-school settings. Other longstanding lines of research have broadly examined and designed for enhancing science teaching and learning with visual representations and new technologies. His research is most often done through research-practice partnerships and involves design, implementation, analysis and continual revision of new learning experiences in actual learning settings (such as schools or libraries). Lee completed his undergraduate studies at UC San Diego with emphasis in cognitive science, human computer interaction, and mathematics. He earned his doctorate in Learning Sciences at Northwestern University where he was supported for several years through a fellowship with the NSF-funded Center for Curriculum Materials in Science. Since leaving the midwest and beginning his professional academic career, he has received the National Science Foundation CAREER award, the Jan Hawkins Award, a post-doctoral fellowship from the National Academy of Education and the Spencer Foundation, and various best paper awards. His book, Learning Technologies and the Body (published by Routledge), is the first compendium of current research of embodied technologies for learning. With Abigail Phillips, he published, Reconceptualizing Libraries: Perspectives from the Information and Learning Sciences (2018). Victor sits on the editorial board of several leading journals, including Journal of the Learning Sciences and Cognition & Instruction. He is Past-President of the International Society of the Learning Sciences.

Other Titles

Associate Professor, Graduate School of Education

Program Affiliations

CTE: Science Education
Learning Sciences and Technology Design (LSTD)

Research Interests

Brain and Learning Sciences | Collaborative Learning | Curriculum and Instruction | Early Childhood | Elementary Education | Lifelong Learning | Math Education | Motivation | Science Education | Teachers and Teaching | Technology and Education

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Recent Publications

Lee, V. R., Wilkerson, M. H., & Lanouette, K. (2021). A Call for a Humanistic Stance Toward K-12 Data Science Education. EDUCATIONAL RESEARCHER.

Lee, V. R., Drake, J., Cain, R., & Thayne, J. (2021). Remembering What Produced the Data: Individual and Social Reconstruction in the Context of a Quantified Self Elementary Data and Statistics Unit. COGNITION AND INSTRUCTION.

Poole, F. J., Clarke-Midura, J., Rasmussen, M., Shehzad, U., & Lee, V. R. (2021). Tabletop games designed to promote computational thinking. COMPUTER SCIENCE EDUCATION.

Victor R. Lee in the News & Media

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March 3, 2020
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