Andrew Coppens

ASSISTANT PROFESSOR
Phone: (603) 862-3736
Office: Education, Morrill Hall Rm 302, Durham, NH 03824
Andrew Coppens

Andrew D. Coppens is assistant professor of education in learning sciences. He earned his Ph.D. in developmental psychology from the University of California Santa Cruz, with a designated emphasis in Latin American and Latina/o studies. His interdisciplinary, multi-method research focuses on how children's learning and development is supported by opportunities to share meaningful work with others. Much of his research examines cultural variation in whether children's learning involves their integration in or segregation from the work of adults and other experts. For example, Coppens's work has examined the development of children's collaborative initiative – an impressive form of self-regulated and prosocial learning – in Indigenous, Indigenous-heritage, and middle-class communities of Mexico and the U.S. This line of research on children's initiative has examined cultural practices regarding children's everyday family contributions, children's own views on helping out, and mothers' approaches and developmental ethnotheories regarding children's involvement in everyday work. This research has been published and presented internationally and across disciplines. Coppens teaches courses on the cultural organization of learning and child development in families, schools, and communities.

Education

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

Research Interests

  • Children's collaboration, learning, motivation, and prosocial helping
  • Culture and child development
  • Latino families
  • Middle-class families

Courses Taught

  • EDUC 701/801: Human Devlp & Learn/Educ Psyc
  • EDUC 904: Qualitative Inquiry in Educatn
  • EDUC 942: SocioCultur Perspc Tch & Learn
  • EDUC 950: Rsrch Culture, Behavior, & Dev
  • INCO 590: Rsrch Exp/Education

Selected Publications

Reagan, E. M., Coppens, A. D., Couse, L. J., Hambacher, E., Lord, D., McCurdy, K., & Pimentel, D. S. (2018). TOWARD A CONCEPTUAL FRAMEWORK FOR DESIGNING AND IMPLEMENTING THE TEACHER RESIDENCY FOR RURAL EDUCATION. In INNOVATION AND IMPLEMENTATION IN RURAL PLACES: SCHOOL-UNIVERSITY-COMMUNITY COLLABORATION IN EDUCATION (pp. 81-106). Retrieved from http://gateway.webofknowledge.com/

Rogoff, B., Coppens, A. D., Alcalá, L., Aceves-Azuara, I., Ruvalcaba, O., López, A., & Dayton, A. (2017). Noticing Learners’ Strengths Through Cultural Research. Perspectives on Psychological Science, 12(5), 876-888. doi:10.1177/1745691617718355

Families, Intergenerationality, and Peer Group Relations (2016). doi:10.1007/978-981-4585-92-7

Coppens, A. D., & Alcalá, L. (2015). Supporting Children's Initiative. Unknown Journal, 91-112. doi:10.1016/bs.acdb.2015.10.002

Learning by Observing and Pitching In to Family and Community Endeavors (2014). doi:10.1159/isbn.978-3-318-02583-5

Alcalá, L., Rogoff, B., Mejía-Arauz, R., Coppens, A. D., & Dexter, A. L. (2014). Children's Initiative in Contributions to Family Work in Indigenous-Heritage and Cosmopolitan Communities in Mexico. Human Development, 57(2-3), 96-115. doi:10.1159/000356763

Coppens, A. D., Alcalá, L., Mejía-Arauz, R., & Rogoff, B. (2014). Children's Initiative in Family Household Work in Mexico. Human Development, 57(2-3), 116-130. doi:10.1159/000356768

Coppens, A. D., Silva, K. G., Ruvalcaba, O., Alcalá, L., López, A., & Rogoff, B. (2014). Learning by Observing and Pitching In: Benefits and Processes of Expanding Repertoires. Human Development, 57(2-3), 150-161. doi:10.1159/000356770

Seaman, J., & Coppens, A. D. (2006). Repertoire of practice: Reconceptualizing instructor competency in contemporary adventure education. Journal of Adventure Education & Outdoor Learning, 6(1), 25-37. doi:10.1080/14729670685200721

Seaman, J., Sharp, E. H., & Coppens, A. D. (n.d.). A dialectical approach to theoretical integration in developmental–contextual identity research.. Developmental Psychology, 53(11), 2023-2035. doi:10.1037/dev0000383

Most Cited Publications