Ashley Lewis Presser
Ashley Lewis Presser has 16 years’ experience in educational, developmental, and social psychology research and program evaluation. She brings expertise in conducting quasi-experimental and randomized controlled trial (RCT) experiments and focuses on a variety of research interests, including early childhood, mathematics, technology integration into classrooms, comprehension within various media formats, the evaluation of informal and formal STEM programs, the impact of domestic violence on children's development, the moral development of gifted students, and the symbolic understanding of young children.
Dr. Lewis Presser is the Principal Investigator for the Finding Our Way Around (FOWA) project, a research and development initiative to develop and evaluate the initial promise of a suite of tablet-based games and activities that promote preschool children's understanding of spatial concepts and reasoning. Dr. Lewis Presser also was the Principal Investigator of Next Generation Preschool Math, a four-year R&D initiative to develop and evaluate supplemental preschool math modules that integrate digital games and non-digital classroom activities to promote young children’s learning of foundational mathematics concepts. As a member of the Next Generation Preschool Science team, she is contributing to an R&D initiative to develop and evaluate a program to promote young children’s learning of key science practices and concepts.
In research that builds on EDC’s work as a National Research and Development Center on Instructional Technology, Lewis Presser is working with a team that is investigating how representational choices made in the design of digital games for learning influence student engagement with core science concepts. And, she and colleagues are studying how educators use and implement PBS LearningMedia resources and assessing how the resources impact classroom practices, quality of instruction, and student learning. Previously, she led a formative and summative evaluation of GreenFab, a project-based, hands-on approach to teaching STEM concepts to high-school students that features a focus on career development in the emergent field of sustainable technologies.
Dr. Lewis Presser is the lead author of the post “Positive Integration of Media for Children,” published on the Platform for Good blog, and has co-authored chapters published in Handbook of Response to Intervention (RTI) in Early Childhoodand 21st Century Education: A Reference Handbook. She presents her research at national conferences such as the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association, the Interaction Design & Children Conference, and the National Head Start Research Conference.
Before joining EDC, Lewis Presser worked as a research assistant at the Center for Applied Research and Educational Improvement. In addition to her research experience, she has extensive experience teaching both graduate and undergraduate students. She earned a BS in Psychology from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst and an MA and PhD in Educational Psychology from the University of Minnesota.
In V. Buysse and E. Peisner-Feinberg (Eds.), Handbook of Response to Intervention (RTI) in Early Childhood (chapter 16).
In Good, T.L. (Ed), 21st Century Education: A Reference Handbook, Sage Publications, Inc.