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Victor R. Lee

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Victor R. Lee

Associate Professor

Assistant: John Baker


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 tries to understand and create new opportunities for people of all ages to learn STEM content and practices with the support of emerging digital technologies. Current research examines K-12 teaching and learning about data - and data science in particular, computational thinking in elementary school, and maker education in out of school settings. Longer standing lines of work involve studying self-tracking and learning from "Quantified Self" practices and research on science teaching and learning. 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 currently serves as 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

Clarke-Midura, J., Silvis, D., Shumway, J. F., Lee, V. R., & Kozlowski, J. S. (2021). Developing a kindergarten computational thinking assessment using evidence-centered design: the case of algorithmic thinking. COMPUTER SCIENCE EDUCATION.

Hamilton, M., Clarke-Midura, J., Shumway, J. F., & Lee, V. R. (2020). An Emerging Technology Report on Computational Toys in Early Childhood. TECHNOLOGY KNOWLEDGE AND LEARNING, 25(1), 213–24.

Dubovi, I., & Lee, V. R. (2019). Instructional support for learning with agent-based simulations: A tale of vicarious and guided exploration learning approaches. COMPUTERS & EDUCATION, 142.

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March 3, 2020
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