Institute of Human Development &
Graduate School of Education
5643 Tolman Hall
Berkeley CA 94720
sterponi (at) berkeley (dot) edu
Merging my graduate degree training in developmental psychology (Ph.D., 2002) and in applied linguistics (Ph.D., 2004), I have developed a research program that is centrally concerned with the role of language and literacy practices in children’s development and education.
developmental psychologist, I have always been interested in
discerning the sociocultural underpinnings of learning processes. The
capabilities that our neurological apparatus enables us as human beings
attain do not pre-exist and are never abstracted from the social
which they develop and are deployed. Cognitive structures are outcomes
social interaction; and mental growth manifests in forms of
are culturally organized and context specific. As an applied linguist,
drawn to study language, oral and written, both
of learning and as a critical target
I see learning through language
and learning language as inseparable
the process of developing sociocultural competencies. Thus, my research
explores the interface between culture and cognition in language and
practices across learning contexts.
this general scope,
I have developed three main strands of research: (1) children’s
into moral reasoning and discourse (2) reading as psychological process
social practice and (3) language practices in autism.