- Brigid Barron
BRIGID BARRON is an associate professor at the School of Education at Stanford University and a faculty co-lead of the LIFE center, and directs the YouthLab research group (firstname.lastname@example.org). A developmental psychologist by training, she studies processes of learning in and out of school. In a National Science Foundation-supported CAREER award, she documented adolescents’ learning ecologies (e.g., learning opportunities across home, school, libraries, virtual communities, and camps) for technological fluency development in the Silicon Valley region. This work used longitudinal methods to document the evolution of interest-based activities. Barron is principal investigator on a grant funded by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation that follows students longitudinally as they participate in programs such as game design, robotics, and digital movie-making. Recent publications include: Barron, B., Martin, C. K., Takeuchi, L., & Fithian, R. (2009). Parents as learning partners in the development of technological fluency. International Journal of Learning and Media, 1, 55–77, and Barron, B., Walter, S., Martin, C. K., & Schatz, C. (2009). Predictors of creative computing participation and profiles of experience in two Silicon Valley middle schools. Computers and Education. doi:10.1016/j.compedu.2009.07.017.