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Eleanor Duckworth: Osher Fellows

Eleanor Duckworth

Osher Fellow • May 2012

Eleanor Duckworth

Eleanor is a cognitive psychologist, educational theorist, and constructivist educator. A former student, colleague, leading translator, and interpreter of Jean Piaget, as well as renowned Professor of Education at Harvard Graduate School of Education, she is one of the leading progressive educators today.

As a teaching researcher and reflective practitioner, she is especially interested in teaching and in the experience of learners and teachers of all ages, both in and out of schools. She applies Piaget’s pioneering observations on intellectual development directly to her research in the development of ideas and to teaching and training prospective and experienced teachers at Harvard University and on many continents. Eleanor has also been an elementary school teacher. Her participation in the 1960s curriculum development projects Elementary Science Study and African Primary Science Program was a germinal experience that led to her insights and practices in exploratory methods in teaching and learning. She has conducted teacher education and program evaluation in the United States, Europe, Latin America, Africa, Asia, and Canada.