Post-Doctoral Research Associate, STEM Education/Math
James A. Larsen is a postdoctoral researcher in STEM education/math supporting the Culturally relevant robotics: A family and teacher (CRRAFT) partnership for computational thinking for early childhood (CRRAFT) project. He joined the project in July 2021 after completing his PhD in Human Environmental Sciences at the University of Missouri.
Larsen’s current program of research focuses on individual and contextual factors that contribute to early childhood cognitive development and learning. He is particularly interested in the ways caregivers, teachers, and early learning environments influence children’s divergent thinking and problem-solving skills. His scholarship also explores new methodologies and measures for studying various dimensions of early childhood learning and development.