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  • Andrew D. Coppens, Ph.D.
    Associate Professor of Education in Learning Sciences
    Director of Graduate Programs in Educational Studies

    Coppens holds a Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of California Santa Cruz. Coppens' appointment involves research and teaching in cultural and developmental psychology, the learning sciences, and qualitative research methods. His research focuses on cultural processes of learning and development in the family and community contexts of non-dominant communities.

    He has conducted research on children's learning and development in everyday, informal settings with rural, middle-class, and Indigenous-heritage communities in the US, Mexico, Ecuador, Germany, India, and Bhutan. Much of this research examines cultural patterns in whether children's learning involves their integration in or segregation from the work of adults and other experts, as well as the cultural strengths that children take up from learning in informal settings.

    Coppens is one of several founding PIs of the New Hampshire Youth Retention Initiative (YRI), a collaborative and interdisciplinary research program understanding the affordances and constraints for youth and families imagining and pursuing varied educational, occupational, and residential futures. The research is focused on developing sustainable and strengths-based educational and workforce pathways for youth, and to address human capital extraction patterns among rural communities. YRI research is or has been funded by UNH CoRE, the Spencer Foundation, the National Science Foundation, and the NH Charitable Foundation.
  • Selected Publications

    Academic Article

    Year Title
    2023 The decision is in the details: Justifying decisions about socioscientific issuesJournal of Research in Science Teaching.  60:2147-2179. 2023
    2022 Cultural variation in the early development of initiative in children's prosocial helpingSocial Development.  31:656-678. 2022
    2020 Beyond Behavior: Linguistic Evidence of Cultural Variation in Parental Ethnotheories of Children's Prosocial Helping.Frontiers in Psychology.  11:307. 2020
    2017 A dialectical approach to theoretical integration in developmental-contextual identity research.Developmental Psychology.  53:2023-2035. 2017
    2017 Noticing Learners' Strengths Through Cultural Research.Perspectives on Psychological Science.  12:876-888. 2017
    2016 Families, Intergenerationality, and Peer Group RelationsGeographies of Children and Young People.  5:1-27. 2016
    2015 Supporting Children's Initiative: Appreciating Family Contributions or Paying Children for Chores.Advances in Child Development and Behavior.  49:91-112. 2015
    2014 Learning by Observing and Pitching In to Family and Community Endeavors 2014
    2014 Children's Initiative in Contributions to Family Work in Indigenous-Heritage and Cosmopolitan Communities in MexicoHuman Development.  57:96-115. 2014
    2014 Children's Initiative in Family Household Work in MexicoHuman Development.  57:116-130. 2014
    2014 Learning by Observing and Pitching In: Benefits and Processes of Expanding RepertoiresHuman Development.  57:150-161. 2014
    2006 Repertoire of practice: Reconceptualizing instructor competency in contemporary adventure educationJournal of Adventure Education and Outdoor Learning.  6:25-37. 2006

    Chapter

    Year Title
    2018 TOWARD A CONCEPTUAL FRAMEWORK FOR DESIGNING AND IMPLEMENTING THE TEACHER RESIDENCY FOR RURAL EDUCATION.  81-106. 2018

    Teaching Activities

  • Doctoral Research Taught course 2023
  • Doctoral Research Taught course 2022
  • Hum Dev & Lrn: Cultural Persp Taught course 2022
  • Qual Inquiry in Research Taught course 2022
  • Critical Social Justice Ed Taught course 2022
  • Critical Social Justice Ed/Hon Taught course 2022
  • Critical Social Justice Educ Taught course 2022
  • Hum Dev & Lrn: Cultural Persp Taught course 2022
  • Human Develp & Learn:Educ Psyc Taught course 2022
  • Culture in Rrch on Lrn & Dev Taught course 2021
  • Human Develp & Learn:Educ Psyc Taught course 2021
  • Human Devlp & Learn/Educ Psyc Taught course 2020
  • Qual Inquiry in Research Taught course 2020
  • Human Develp & Learn:Educ Psyc Taught course 2020
  • Rsrch Culture, Behavior, & Dev Taught course 2020
  • Human Devlp & Learn/Educ Psyc Taught course 2019
  • Human Develp & Learn:Educ Psyc Taught course 2019
  • Qualitative Inquiry in Educatn Taught course 2019
  • Human Devlp & Learn/Educ Psyc Taught course 2018
  • Rsrch Culture, Behavior, & Dev Taught course 2018
  • Human Develp & Learn:Educ Psyc Taught course 2018
  • Qualitative Inquiry in Educatn Taught course 2018
  • Human Devlp & Learn/Educ Psyc Taught course 2017
  • Stdy/Culture & Climate Change Taught course 2017
  • SocioCultur Perspc Tch & Learn Taught course 2017
  • Human Develp & Learn:Educ Psyc Taught course 2017
  • Qualitative Inquiry in Educatn Taught course 2017
  • Human Devlp & Learn/Educ Psyc Taught course 2016
  • Rsrch Culture, Behavior, & Dev Taught course 2016
  • Rsrch Exp/Education Taught course 2016
  • Human Development & Learning Taught course 2016
  • Human Develp & Learn:Educ Psyc Taught course 2016
  • Active Citizen/Multicult World Taught course 2015
  • Human Devlp & Learn/Educ Psyc Taught course 2015
  • Education And Training

  • B.S. Kinesiology: Outdoor Education, University of New Hampshire
  • M.S. Psychology, University of California
  • Ph.D. Psychology (designated emphasis in Latin American & Latino Studies), University of California
  • Full Name

  • Andrew Coppens
  • Mailing Address

  • University of New Hampshire

    Education

    321 Hamilton Smith Hall

    Durham, NH  03824

    United States