Dr. Chen Chen
Ed.D. (2017), Harvard Graduate School of Education
Chen is a postdoctoral fellow with the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, where he works in the Science Education Department on STEM related topics. His dissertation, Romantic Transfer: From Science to Social Ideologies (2017), explored what happens when students unconsciously transfer their learning from the hard sciences to the social world. He found that science instruction implicitly empowers students to make social hypotheses and to engage in moral-civic-political discourse. To consider pedagogies that respond to such an opportunity without falling victim to hasty generalizations, he observes that educators need both science and civic educations to equip students with the methods to examine self-generated social hypotheses. In addition to his doctoral research, Chen also works on visual theories in dyslexia and model-based learning in science education.