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Kimberly Sheridan is an associate professor of educational psychology. She received her PhD in human development and psychology in June 2006 from Harvard University Graduate School of Education. She holds a joint appointment in the College of Visual and Performing Arts. Sheridan’s research takes a sociocultural perspective on learning in the arts and media, with a particular focus on how this learning is situated in diverse and changing contexts with the advent of new digital technologies. She focuses on how these can be innovative contexts of possibility for traditionally underserved groups. For 2012-2015, she is co-leading a collaborative project, “Learning in the Making: Studying and Designing Makerspaces,” funded by a National Science Foundation Cyberlearning grant. www.pittsburghkids.org/exhibits/makeshop. In 2011-2012, she was awarded a Mason creative award to use digital arts-based methods to engage students in Manassas, Virginia, and Port-au-Prince, Haiti, to reflect on the purposes, values and problems of school. Prior to coming to Mason, Sheridan was a research specialist at Harvard University Project Zero, where she studied the habits of mind that are taught and learned in intensive visual arts classes. Based on that work, she is a co-author of the book, Studio Thinking: The Real Benefits of Visual Arts Education.
EdD, Human Development, Harvard University (2006)
Faculty Rank: Associate Professor