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Victor R. Lee

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Victor R. Lee

Associate Professor

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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 future-facing 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 research to create examples for how we could get there. Currently, this involves researching and designing learning experiences and resources for data literacy, K-12 data science education, and artificial intelligence literacy. He also has maintained a portfolio of research related to elementary computer science education, maker education, and science cognition. 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, districts, 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). In 2021, he co-authored the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine's consensus report on authentic computing education experiences. Currently, he is contracted for a new book on K-12 data science education. Victor sits on the editorial board of several leading journals, including Journal of the Learning Sciences and Cognition & Instruction. He is a past-president and elected fellow of the International Society of the Learning Sciences.

Other Titles

Associate Professor, Graduate School of Education
Faculty Affiliate, Institute for Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence (HAI)

Program Affiliations

CTE: Science, Engineering and Technology Education
Learning Sciences and Technology Design (LSTD)
Stanford Accelerator for Learning

Research Interests

Brain and Learning Sciences | Collaborative Learning | Curriculum and Instruction | Data Sciences | Elementary Education | Lifelong Learning | Math Education | Professional Development | Science Education | Teachers and Teaching | Technology and Education

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Recent Publications

Lee, V. R. (2022). Learning sciences and learning engineering: A natural or artificial distinction? JOURNAL OF THE LEARNING SCIENCES.

Jiang, S., Lee, V. R., & Rosenberg, J. M. (2022). Data science education across the disciplines: Underexamined opportunities for K-12 innovation. BRITISH JOURNAL OF EDUCATIONAL TECHNOLOGY.

Lee, V. R., Pimentel, D. R., Bhargava, R., & D'Ignazio, C. (2022). Taking data feminism to school: A synthesis and review of pre-collegiate data science education projects. BRITISH JOURNAL OF EDUCATIONAL TECHNOLOGY.

Victor R. Lee in the News & Media

Associate Professor Victor Lee discusses CRAFT, a Stanford initiative providing teachers with classroom-ready resources on AI.
February 27, 2024
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Associate Professor Victor Lee weighs in on the potential for the increasing adoption of AI tools to worsen race and equity issues.
February 13, 2024
Associate Professor Victor R. Lee and Senior Lecturer Denise Pope analyzed cheating rates among high school students before and after the launch of ChatGPT.
December 13, 2023
Associate Professor Victor Lee spearheaded the development of free resources for high school teachers to help students navigate the world of artificial intelligence.
September 14, 2023
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August 7, 2023
Research Stories
Associate Professor Victor Lee weighs in on a new AI detection tool.
February 13, 2023
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March 3, 2020
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