Pronouns: she, her, hers
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- Ph.D., M.S., Developmental Psychology, University of California at Santa Cruz
- B.A., Psychology, B.A. Government, Smith College, Northampton, MA
- CD 230 Preschool Laboratory
- CD 304 Infant and Toddler Development
- CD 329 Research Methods
- CD 350 Development Issues in Education
- CD 351 Learning in Out-of-School Time
- CD 411/413 Children, Adolescents, and Technology
Children at the preschool age are naturally motivated to understand the world around them. For example, they often seek information about complex phenomena, such as how machines work, where babies come from, and why the moon seems to change shape. In my research program, I explore young children’s developing understandings within the domains of science, health, and technology.
In addition to examining what children of different ages know about specific topics, I investigate how everyday interactions in informal settings (e.g., museums, zoos, virtual environments, preschools, parent-child conversations) contribute to children’s learning. Finally, I am interested in exploring the extent to which these early experiences impact later engagement with, and proficiency in, scientific, technological and health-related activities.
Food Is Fundamental: The Profound Ethical and Social Impacts of Robot Kitchens. NSF National Robotics Initiative ($715,309). PI: Patrick Lin; Senior Researchers: A. Foxen, R. Jenkins, J. Jipson, S. Niku, 2022-2026.
- My Sky Tonight: Early Childhood Pathways to Astronomy. NSF-Advancing Informal STEM Education Award, $2,499,917 Co-PIs: Jim Manning (Astronomical Society of the Pacific), Dr. Maureen Callanan (UCSC), Dr. Julia Plummer (Penn State), 2012-2017
- Richard K. Simon Faculty Award for Outstanding Teaching, College of Liberal Arts, Cal Poly, 2012-13
Selected Publications/Professional Activities
Castaneda,C.L.,Callanan,M.A.,Shirefley,T.A.,&Jipson,J.L.(2022).Early strengths in science: Young children’s conversations about nature in Latine families. Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology, 83, 101453.
Labotka,D.,Gelman,S.A.,& Jipson,J.L.(2021).Parent-child conversations about animals on a visit to a (virtual) zoo. Cognitive Development, 60, 101-123
Callanan, M., Solis, G., Castañeda, C., & Jipson, J.L. (2020). Children’s question-asking across cultural communities. In L. P. Butler, S. Ronfard, & K. Corriveau (Eds.), The Questioning Child: Insights from Psychology and Education. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press
Callanan, M.A., Shirefley, T.A., Castaneda, C.L., Jipson, J.L. (2019). Young children’s ideas about astronomy. Journal of Astronomy and Earth Sciences Education, 6, 45-58.
Jipson, J.L., Gulgoz, S., Gelman, S.A. (2016). Parent-child conversations regarding the ontological status of a robotic dog. Cognitive Development, 39, 21-35.
- Sobel, D. & Jipson, J.L. (2016). Relating Research and Practice: Cognitive Development in Museum Settings. New York NY: Psychology Press.
- The Goddard Schools, Educational Advisory Board Member
- Nickelodeon, Jr., Content and Curriculum Advisory Board Member
- San Luis Obispo Children's Museum, Exhibits and Programs Educational Consultant
- Fisher Price, Project-Based consulting
- Inherquests, Curriculum consultant
- Wee Gallery, Infant and toddler development consultant