This Connected Learning Research Network (CLRN) project at the University of Colorado at Boulder examines how the social organization of activity settings, forms of mediation, and tool use can be employed to leverage both horizontal (everyday) and vertical (scientific or school-based) kinds of expertise (Gutiérrez & Vossoughi, 2010) in children and young adults. Too often, especially in school or formal learning environments, everyday expertise and knowledge are in tension with school-based knowledge. From a cultural-historical perspective of learning and development, we are interested in how everyday and scientific knowledge grow into one another.

We examine how children leverage new tools, practices, and knowledge across different learning environments. In particular, we are interested in learning how children leverage the expertise acquired in an after school setting into home practices.

Principal Investigators: Kris Gutiérrez (

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