Jennifer Kahn Thorne is an Assistant Professor in the Applied Learning Sciences program in the Department of Teaching and Learning. She completed her doctoral studies at Vanderbilt University’s Peabody College. Her research looks to professional, representational practices and new interdisciplinary, cultural activities to inform design studies for youth and community learning. Her dissertation reports on a design-based research program she developed to explore storytelling practices with statistical and mathematical models of socioeconomic big data commonly found in the public media. She plans to continue to investigate how these practices, along with access to open data and interactive digital visualization tools, can encourage youth and families to engage critically with big data models and to draw relationships across scales—between their personal, local experiences and larger social, economic, scientific, and historical issues.
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