Research Labs

Current Research Projects

Overview Nicole Sparapani

The CARE Lab

We are a collaborative, interdisciplinary team of researchers, educators, postdoctoral scholars, doctoral students, and undergraduate students from the University of California, Davis. Our overarching goal is to improve the educational experiences of learners with autism by understanding the dynamic and transactional relationship between students and their classroom environment. We started as a small research group in 2016, coding videos of elementary students with autism and their teachers within general and special education classrooms.

Overview Kerry A. Enright

The Integrating Literacies Project

Three team members from the Integrating Literacies Project meeting around a tableThe Integrating Literacies Project explores the nature of work and communication in the lives of Latinx youth. Our aim is to generate knowledge about young people’s work-related communication skills and strengths, and the conditions that encourage their development. The project’s practical goal is to inform programs and policies that shape the career opportunities and trajectories of Latinx youth.

Overview Yuuko Uchikoshi Tonkovich


Books in a kindergarten classroomsOur research focuses on the language and literacy development of young children, particularly dual language learners. We have several ongoing projects. The lab is supported by grants from the National Institute of Health, Foundation for Child Development, Language Learning, and Yolo Community Foundation.

Overview Heidi Ballard

Resources for Educators

With Youth-focused Citizen and Community Science (YCCS), youth contribute to authentic science. They can do this through data collection, but also interpreting or sharing findings. But what does this mean for science learning? To answer this question, we began conducting case studies with YCCS projects in Northern California and bringing together key stakeholders to explore when and how YCCS works best.

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