Welcome to the Gouvea Research Group at Tufts University. We are researchers in the Department of Education, the Department of Biology, and the Institute for Research on Learning and Instruction (IRLI) who study learning and teaching in the life sciences.

While the research contexts and phenomena we study are variable, we tend to align ourselves with the following set of core commitments and values:

  • we value asset/resource-based approaches to conceptualizing learners
  • we think human cognition, behavior, and emotion are best modeled as dynamic systems
  • we view science as a human practice, learned through participation in communities