Prof Christine Howe

Cambridge University

Professor Christine Howe is a developmental psychologist, whose research lies at the interface between Psychology and Education. Her main interests are children’s conceptual knowledge, particularly in the domains of science and mathematics, and children’s peer relations and communicative competence. For the past 20 years, she has also been bringing the two interests together, via research and consultancy on ‘interactive learning’ in peer group, tutor-led and computer-mediated settings. As well as resulting in numerous publications and research grants, Christine’s research on collaborative learning in science has attracted considerable media attention and has had significant impact on policy and practice.

Christine is past or present editor of the journals Social Development, Cambridge Journal of Education andPsychology Learning and Teaching, and she sits on the Editorial Boards of British Journal of Educational Psychology, Computers and Education, First Language, Human Development, and Learning and Instruction. In 2006, she was elected Chair of the British Psychological Society’s Developmental Section, followed by election to the Academy of the Social Sciences in 2008. Christine served on the ESRC’s Training and Development Board between 2004 and 2008. She has been a Nuffield Foundation Research Fellow, and a Visiting Scholar at St John’s College Oxford. Christine is married with two children, and enjoys music, art, film, theatre, travel, hiking, tennis, learning languages, and playing bridge.

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