Hi there! I'm Bri Hightower and I'm a fourth year Ph.D. candidate within the Media, Technology, and Society program at Northwestern University. My studies are generously supported by the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. I conduct research with Dr. Ellen Wartella in the Center on Media and Human Development. My main research interests revolve around understanding how technology and media can enhance learning and communication for families and children. During summer 2018 and summer 2019, I completed UX Research internships at Facebook in Menlo Park, CA and Seattle, WA. Prior to returning to Northwestern University, I assisted with research at the Center for Children and Technology, a division of Education Development Center (EDC).
STEM Learning and Media
With CMHD, I examine how parent attitudes affect preschool children's STEM learning and media use. To fully understand parent attitudes, I conducted semi-structured interviews with preschool parents during Spring and Summer 2017. The analysis of the interviews were the basis of my master's thesis that I submitted in Fall 2017. My research team is now analyzing survey data, informed by my interview study, to further understand how families feel about and support STEM topics and related media for their preschool children.
- Spring 2019: I'll be attending four conferences this spring! Catch me at the Society for Research on Child Development, American Education Research Association, International Communication Association, and Interaction Design for Children conferences!
- Fall 2018: Two of my papers were published! Click here to read the article about STEM media in the family context and here to read the article about how haptic feedback displays support science journaling.