New Gen Learning
2020 Graduate Student Flash Talks
New Gen Learning introduces flash talks from 17 different graduate students at UC Santa Cruz. The featured graduate students are engaged in research that focuses on how students from underserved backgrounds learn.
Resources for Learning from Families and Communities
Moderated by Professor Su-hua Wang, this New Gen Learning flash talk centers on student learning in the context of families and communities. The graduate students featured are Sam Basch, Sam McHugh, Jennifer Figueroa, Valeria Alonso Blanco, Stephanie Tam Rosas, and Gloriana Lopez.
Strengths for Learning with Collaboration across STEM Fields
Moderated by Barbara Rogoff, this New Gen Learning flash series highlights the strengths of student learning in the context of STEM disciplines. This video features Josh Smith, Dustin Palea, Abram Stern, A’Lester Allen, Andrew Dayton, and Itzel Aceves-Azuara.
Assets for Learning in Education Settings
Moderated by Professor Cynthia Lewis, this New Gen Learning flash talk focuses on how to improve learning processes and experiences in educational institutions. This series features Andrea Vazquez, Nora Lang, Sal Huitzilopochtli, and Julianne Foxworthy Gonzalez.
COVID-19 Lightning Talk: Distance Learning
Professor Su-hua Wang, director of New Gen Learning, addresses the inequality in educational experiences of underserved students. Professor Wang’s research seeks to uplift strategies for effective learning. These practices and strategies include teaching culturally relevant material, collaborative learning efforts and community resilience.
Timing is key for parents who want to help children learn
Children’s museums can be a challenging environment for parents who feel the urge to explain the science behind the activities. New research by Professor Maureen Callanan suggests that timing is key to supporting children’s learning in these environments.
Cutting Edge #62: New Generation Learning
New Gen Learning is a collaborative interdisciplinary research initiative, involving 65 faculty members across the university, designed to better understand the cultural strengths of learning by children and students from historically underserved populations and ways to leverage those strengths in formal and informal settings for improved learning outcomes. Director and Psychology Professor Su-hua Wang, along with co-directors Psychology Professor Barbara Rogoff and Education Professor and Department Chair Cynthia Lewis discuss new insights and developments in this important work.
Strengths for Learning, honored
in NSF Research Video Showcase
Learning to Collaborate
Barbara Rogoff’s team’s 3-minute research video won the Public Choice award and was second Most Discussed, in NSF’s 2020 video contest! It shows ways that Indigenous and Mexican-heritage families foster their children’s contributions at home and help them learn to collaborate.
Collaboration as an Ensemble
This 2019 3-minute video shows the impressive ways that Mexican-heritage children collaborated in a planning task and programming a computer game. This video won awards in all 4 categories in NSF’s video contest — most discussed, public choice, presenter choice, and facilitator choice!
Learning by Helping
This 2018 3-minute research video for NSF, “Learning by Helping,” shows the helpfulness of Mexican-heritage children whose families don’t have much schooling. The video won #3 in NSF’s Public Choice voting (out of 214 videos), and was the second-most discussed video.
Learning to Collaborate and Collaborating to Learn
This 3-minute video focuses on the sophisticated collaboration of Mexican-heritage and Indigenous American children. It was voted #2 out of 171 videos in NSF’s 2017 Video Showcase, and was also the second-most discussed video.
Learning by Observing
This 3-minute research video “Learning by Observing” draws attention to strengths for learning through keen attention among Indigenous and Mexican-heritage children. It was honored by NSF as the top public vote-getter and a top conversation-generator, in NSF’s 2016 Video Showcase.