Department of Education

Tracey Denton-Calabrese

Postdoctoral researcher

Dr. Tracey Denton-Calabrese is a post-doctoral researcher for the Go_Girl Code+Create project.

Tracey is a member of the Learning and New Technologies Research Group.  She completed her doctorate in Education at the University of Oxford where she undertook an ethnographic multi-site case study on how school culture shapes and is shaped by the implementation of the New Technology model (or “New Tech” model), a prominent school reform effort in the United States that combines project-based learning with extensive use of ICTs.  She used ethnographic methods to understand the everyday experiences and practices of school leaders, teachers and students working within New Tech schools.  The study was framed using a sociocultural perspective, examining the culture of New Tech schools and its contextualization within broader cultural ideologies, social patterns and influences.

Tracey has taught school ethnography sessions for the MSc Education (Learning and Technology) programme and has also worked as a research assistant on the Home Internet Access Initiative, a project conducted in secondary schools in Oxford City.  She is a former teacher and technology curriculum coordinator and earned her M.A. in Instructional Technology & Media from Teachers College at Columbia University.

She is a fellow of the Royal Anthropological Institute and her research interests include educational anthropology, education reform, school culture, the use of information and communication technologies (ICTs) in formal and informal settings, and issues of digital equity.

Follow Tracey on twitter: @tdcalabrese

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