Avery Harrison, M.S.

Graduate Research Fellow, Learning Sciences & Technologies Program at Worcester Polytechnic Institute

 

I am a doctoral student of Learning Sciences & Technologies at Worcester Polytechnic Institute under Dr. Erin Ottmar and Dr. Ivon Arroyo. Originally from Virginia, I attended the University of Richmond for my B.A. in psychology with a research focus on embodied cognition that received multiple department awards. At WPI, I recently completed my M.S. in Learning Sciences & Technologies and am continuing to pursue research focused primarily on embodied cognition in mathematics education across physical and online learning environments. A major focus is on the physical behaviors and gestures of learners in hands-on tasks and games under Dr. Arroyo's broader research. In addition to mathematics education research, I actively pursue opportunities to promote women in STEM fields through various project involvements and mentorship roles.

 

Between undergraduate and graduate studies, I spent two years gaining teaching experience in Thailand and Spain. Between teaching experiences, I discovered my passion for traveling. When I am between trips, I can be found on my yoga mat, on a hike, or behind my book of the week.

EDUCATION
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2019 - Present
Ph.D.
 
2017 - 2019

Master of Science

WORCESTER POLYTECHNIC INSTITUTE

Degree: M.S./Ph.D. Learning Sciences & Technologies

Advisors: Erin Ottmar, Ph.D., Ivon Arroyo Ed.D

Research Focus: mathematics education, embodied cognition, learning environments, computational thinking, learning technologies, affect and learning

Masters Thesis: Exploring Measurement Estimation Through Learners' Actions, Language, and Gestures

2015

Bachelor of Arts

UNIVERSITY OF RICHMOND

Degree: B.A. Psychology

Department Honors: Psychology

Institution Honors: cum laude

Advisor: L. Elizabeth Crawford, Ph.D.

Research Focus: cognitive psychology, embodied cognition, perception and action, novel technologies

Honors Thesis: Shifting Perceptions: Exploring with the Rubber Hand Illusion

 
RECENT EXPERIENCE
2017-Present (RESEARCH)

Graduate Research

WORCESTER POLYTECHNIC INSTITUTE

DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL SCIENCE

Under Dr. Erin Ottmar and Ivon Arroyo, I have contributed to education research projects on embodied cognition and dynamic learning in mathematics, developing computational thinking in students, and   student behavior within an online, interactive algebra notation tool. Specifically, I have designed and run a college level study on embodied cognition in mathematics as well as contributed to a study on computational thinking through coding and analyzing data. Additionally, I have headed submissions for conference papers on the relevant projects. I am cultivating skills in research design and methods,   particularly pertaining to large data sets and educational data mining.

  2018 (WORK)

Syllabi Review Project

WORCESTER POLYTECHNIC INSTITUTE

DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL SCIENCES & POLICY STUDIES

Under the direction of Dr. Emily Douglas, the head of the Social Sciences & Policy Studies department, I qualitatively analyzed 24 of the department syllabi from the past semester. This included aggregating and coding data on course content and course resources in Excel. I used descriptive statistics and an online tool to a) identify common topics addressed across SSPS courses and b) model the representation of authorship diversity, in terms of gender and race, in the textbooks and articles used in SSPS courses. This culminated in a PowerPoint presentation and a cross-tabulation Excel tool for faculty members to use in order to find faculty with similar interests or courses that include specific topics for students.

2016-2017 (TEACHING)

Language and Cultural Assistant

BILINGUAL ENGLISH DEVELOPMENT AND ASSESSMENT MADRID, SPAIN

I instructed students pre-K through sixth grade in English lessons. In addition to planning and teaching 18 different classes over the week with a Spanish co-teacher, I strived to incorporate aspects of English-speaking cultures in lessons to impart a well-rounded English education on my students and instill motivation for learning English as a second language. To provide meaning and practice for students, I established a pen-pal program between my students in Madrid and students in Virginia. Additionally, I led five hours of small-group and individual extra-curricular English classes weekly for students aged 4-15 years old, ranging from a conversational focus to Cambridge examination preparation.

 
SELECT GRANTS, HONORS, & SCHOLARSHIPS
2018
Internal grant support from the Women's Impact Network at Worcester Polytechnic Institute

WORCESTER POLYTECHNIC INSTITUTE

The Women’s Impact Network awarded $28,000 to a project proposal that I co-authored that will support women researchers at the undergraduate and graduate student levels, as well as early faculty members. The program will provide selected participants with instructional and monetary resources to attend a conference of her choice, as well as professional development workshops and a mentorship pairing throughout the 2018-2019 school year.

2018

WPI Graduate Student Travel Fund

WORCESTER POLYTECHNIC INSTITUTE

Worcester Polytechnic Institute offered up to $1,000 in graduate student travel funds for me to give a poster presentation at the Artificial Intelligence in Education conference in London, UK in June, 2018.

2018

Women's Research and Mentoring Program Fellowship

WORCESTER POLYTECHNIC INSTITUTE

The Women’s Research and Mentoring Program selected me to participate in this program as a graduate research mentor to a young woman in high school to promote interest and involvement in STEM research for one semester. With a co-mentor and high school mentee, we completed a psychology research project that explored implicit gender-science biases. This culminated in a poster presentation by the high school student and the program provided a monetary award of $1,000.

RECENT GRADUATE COURSES
 

Multilevel Modeling in Mathematics Education

User Modeling

Applied Statistics for Engineers & Scientists

Educational Data Mining

 
CONTACT ME

Photo credit: Pat O'Connor (2020)

Avery Harrison

Graduate Research Fellow, Learning Sciences & Technologies Program at Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Phone:

540-320-8142

Email:

aeharrison@wpi.edu

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