Elizabeth Pierson’s research and evaluation work has two unique foci highlighting her diverse training and experiences: (1) informal science learning and (2) educational technology and international development. She also has extensive experience with project management, instrument design, and program evaluation, which she has implemented on numerous projects both domestically and abroad.
Elizabeth’s work in informal science learning spans her career at EDC and before. Her work in this area can be traced back through projects as early as 2010. Previous projects include: Intel Essential STEM Training (2010–11); Possible Worlds (funded by IES [2011–13]); STEM to Stern for the Office of Naval Research (2011–13); Inspiring STEM Educators, with WNET (2012–13); Be a Scientist evaluation for Iridescent (2011–2015); and PBS LearningMedia (2014–15). Currently, she is a researcher on Plum Landing: Rx to Explore, an NSF-funded project using Design Based Implementation Research (DBIR) to create digital and print curricular resources for informal education programs that aim to increase engagement in physical activity and science exposure for urban youth and families.
Elizabeth also has worked both internationally and in the U.S. on a variety of research and evaluation projects related to educational technology and development. These projects—funded by IBM, Intel, USAID, and the Inter-American Development Bank—all have focused on the role of technology in supporting 21st-century school and system reform. Past projects include: USAID’s Technology Tools for Teaching and Training (T4) in India (2010–2011); Intel Post-Essentials Course Survey analysis (2011); Todos los Chicos en la Red in Argentina (2011); USAID’s Pre-Service Teacher Education in Pakistan (PreSTEP) Program (2011); Russia 1-to-1 laptop program (2012); Khan Academy in Chile (2013-2014); Intel’s Education Transformation Research (Kenya and Argentina) (2013–2014); and Intel’s Global Synthesis Report (2013–2014). Since 2015, Elizabeth has been an evaluator on the Sesame Dream, Save, Do project, which aims to teach financial empowerment using digital and print materials to children ages 3–8 in emerging-market countries in Asia, Latin America, and Africa.
Elizabeth has co-authored numerous articles and presentations, and has presented at industry conferences. Her work has been published in the International Journal of Instruction, International Journal for e-Learning Security, International Journal for Cross-Disciplinary Subjects in Education, Ubiquitous Learning: An International Journal, as well as in two chapters ofICT in Education in Global Context: Emerging Trends Report 2013–2014. She has presented at the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) (2011, 2015); American Educational Research Association (AERA) (2012, 2014); Comparative and International Education Society (CIES) (2010, 2012, 2013); American Evaluation Association (AEA) (2010, 2011); Ubiquitous Learning Conference (2012); and Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education (SITE) (2011).
Prior to joining EDC in 2008, Elizabeth worked at a school principal leadership development academy in New York City, directed youth-led community development projects in Panama and Costa Rica, coached high-school field hockey in New England, and taught science and English to elementary students at a bilingual school in Quito, Ecuador. Elizabeth holds an M.A. in International Education Development from Columbia University's Teachers College and a B.A. in Environmental Studies from Vassar College.