Area of Expertise:
Interest development, assessment, evaluation, science learning in and out of school
Bill Penuel is professor in educational psychology and the learning sciences in the School of Education at the University of Colorado Boulder. His research focuses on learning with digital media in both formal and informal settings. One strand of research focuses on how young children learn literacy and science skills through joint engagements with media with peers and preschool teachers. Another strand focuses on the design and implementation innovative technologies to support subject matter learning in math and science. A third examines how youth can use digital tools for digital storytelling to communicate findings from action research in their communities. Penuel’s research has appeared in the American Educational Research Journal, Teachers College Record, the American Journal of Evaluation, Science Education, and the Journal of the Learning Sciences. He is currently Associate Editor of the Social and Institutional Analysis section at the American Educational Research Journal, and he is on the editorial board for Teachers College Record, American Journal of Evaluation, and Cognition and Instruction.