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Tanner Vea

Dr. Tanner Vea

Assistant Professor of Education (LLED)

Phone: 814-863-7380

314E Keller Building
University Park, 16802

Department(s)

  • Learning and Performance Systems

Program(s)

  • Learning, Design, and Technology

Biography

Tanner Vea is a socioculturally oriented learning scientist who studies the intersections between learning, politics, and design. He uses ethnographic and other qualitative methods, as well as design-based research methods. There are two current strands of this work. 

(1) How does politics, as the contest over the definition and distribution of social goods, shape learning processes? Tanner's work in this area examines how learning theory can be used to understand social and political change in areas of activity such as activism, as well as how sociopolitical concerns shape learning in more traditional settings.

(2) How might we consider politics and ethics as essential dimensions of the design of learning technologies? Tanner uses adaptations of design thinking practices to guide ethically and politically engaged design with and in communities. 

Additional areas of interest include: affect and emotion, animals, critical theory, human-ecological relations, identity, ideology, materialism, and social practice theory.

Tanner is accepting applications for new doctoral students interested in issues of power and equity in learning environments. Prospective applicants are encouraged to email him for additional information.

Areas of Expertise

Age Levels

Adolescence
Adult
Childhood

Learning

Equity and Diversity
Learning Sciences
Media Literacy/Education

Educational Studies

Beliefs
Critical & Feminist Theory
Ethics and Values
Media Studies

Individual Difference

Cognition
Collaboration
Emotion
Identity
Learning Processes

Methodological Research

Qualitative Research
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