||PROFILE — Sharon M. Carver
Job Title: Associate Training Director,
Psychology office: MMC 17D
Psychology phone: 412-268-1499
The Children's School
As director of the Carnegie Mellon Children's School, my primary
research focus is on supporting the work of researchers who either utilize the
Children's School as a research site or collaborate with educators in local charter
and private schools. I also serve on the university's Institutional Review Board
My research bridges the domains of cognitive development and educational
psychology. My primary interests involve combining cognitive task analysis,
instructional design based on cognitive principles, and focused assessment to
explore how children's progress can be enhanced to promote deep learning
and broad transfer.
I am currently consulting and collaborating on three funded
- Message from Me: enabling young children to record their daily experiences via
photos and spoken messages for sending to their parents' cell phones or email (PI:
Dr. Illah Nourbakhsh with funding from PNC's Grow Up Great program)
- ENGAGE: developing interactive game-based technologies for pre-k through grade
three students to inspire them to become future innovators by educating them
in STEM skills (PI: Dr. Vincent Aleven with funding from the Defense Advanced
Research Projects Agency - DARPA)
- Classroom Environment, Allocation of Attention, and Learning Outcomes in K-4
Students: exploring the impact of classroom visual displays on children's ability to
attend and learn from teacher lessons (PI: Dr. Anna Fisher with funding from the
Institute of Education Sciences - IES)
Frye, D., Baroody, A., Burchinal, M., Carver, S. M., Jordan, N. C., & McDowell,
J. (2013). Teaching math to young children: A practice guide (NCEE#).
Washington, DC: National Center for Education Evaluation and Regional
Assistance (NCEE), Institute of Education Sciences, U.S. Department of
Carver, S. M., & Shrager, J. (2012). The Psychology of Science, Science Education,
and the Impact of David Klahr. In S. Carver & J. Shrager (Eds.), The journey
from child to scientist: Integrating cognitive development and the education
sciences. Washington, D.C.: American Psychological Association.
Vlach, H.A. and Carver, S.M. (2008). The Effects of Observation Coaching on Children’s Graphic Representations. Early Childhood Research and Practice.
Carver, S.M. (2008). Experimental approaches for overcoming practical challenges of classroom research. In Applying Cognitive Development and Cognitive Research to K-3 Classroom Learning. Thurman, S.K and Fiorello, C.A. (Eds.).
Carver, S.M. (2006). Assessing for Deep Understanding. In Cambridge Handbook of the Learning Sciences. R. K. Sawyer (Ed). New York, NY: Cambridge University Press.
Carver, S.M. (2001). Cognition and instruction: Enriching the laboratory school experience of children, teachers, parents, and undergraduates. In Cognition and instruction: Twenty-five years of progress. Carver, S.M. and Klahr, D. (Eds.). Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, Inc.
Assistant to Dr. Carver:
Allison Drash, firstname.lastname@example.org
Curriculum Vitae (pdf file)
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