Alexandra Adair

researcher

AAdair@edc.org
tel: 212-807-4226
fax: 212-633-8804

Dr. Alexandra Adair, a researcher at EDC, regularly works on projects involving the development and evaluation of educational media for young children. To date, she has contributed to several studies involving educational media content focused on improving young children’s STEM, literacy, and computational-thinking skills. Since 2016, Alexandra has been a contributing researcher on the Ready To Learn project, a federal research and development program using transmedia to improve the science and literacy skills of young children. As part of the Ready To Learn Initiative, Alexandra has contributed to several projects, her primary role being task manager—now co-lead—and principal data analyst for the Community Collaboratives for Early Learning and Media, a network of 30 PBS member stations and partner organizations implementing programming for children and families. She also has led a focus-group study of a newly developed PBS Kids science curriculum with preschool and K–1 educators. 

Recently, Alexandra received her PhD in educational psychology, specializing in learning, development, and instruction, at CUNY Graduate Center. Her dissertation explored the role of parents in preschool science learning by developing and conducting a psychometric evaluation of a measure of preschool parents’ attitudes toward science. In addition to her studies, she was also a member of the Child Interactive Learning and Development (CHILD) lab, led by Dr. Bruce Homer. The lab focuses on the design and use of video games and computer-based multimedia environments for learning.

Besides her PhD in educational psychology from CUNY Graduate Center, Alexandra holds a master’s degree in psychology from the New School for Social Research and a BA in English literature from Emory University. Before joining CCT, she was a middle-school humanities teacher in New York City public and private schools.

 

ALEXANDRA'S PROJECTS