Jamaican Samantha-Kaye Johnston is a member of research teams at Oxford and Harvard universities


Samantha-Kaye Johnston, a Jamaican residing in Australia, currently works as a research fellow at the University of Oxford Center for Educational Assessment (OUCEA) within the Department of Education, a facility that works in collaboration with other researchers and agencies around the world to address the challenges faced by education systems in pursuit of global qualifications and standards.

At the same time, she works as a research affiliate at Harvard University’s Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society, an interdisciplinary entity that brings together the “sharpest and most thoughtful people” from around the world to raise the greatest challenges presented by the Internet. and to push the boundaries of academic research by creating new tools and platforms to foster innovation and encourage the development of active networks in diverse communities.

Johnston, who said she was honored to be part of both research teams, added that she finds both exciting and that the research is timely because of the need for a better understanding of learning during the coronavirus pandemic. COVID-19.

A reading and learning scientist, Johnston works at the intersection of reading development, psychology and technology. She is a University Associate and Lecturer at Curtin University, based in Bentley, Perth, Western Australia, and is also a member of its undergraduate psychology teaching staff. Johnston founded the Reading for Humanity platform to focus on the importance of reading science, learning and technology in early reading education. Her experience as an activist and researcher in Jamaica, England and Australia in the K-12 sector, and her work with non-governmental, private and community organizations and United Nations entities inform her research. Johnston is currently a member of the United Nations Education Reference Group (Western Australia).

Johnston earned a Ph.D. in Psychology from Curtin University and received the Chancellor’s Commendation for outstanding doctoral research. She holds a Masters in Education from Liverpool Hope University in England and a B.Sc. in Psychology from the University of the West Indies in Jamaica.

The subject of his current research is Internet governance in the context of reading instruction, with a particular focus on protecting students’ rights when interacting in the digital space and ensuring that students have a voice in decision-making processes.

Samantha-Kaye Johnston described her vision on Facebook, posting, “It’s important to have a vision and not let it go. My vision is that all students have a quality education. When Oxford and Harvard approached me (and I write this in awe of God’s continued favor) I wasn’t sure which role to choose, but recently the door opened for both roles work seamlessly, despite being in two different countries. . In this role, I will be strategically embedded within Harvard Law School to research the ethical implications of online teaching, including the delivery of reading instruction in an online environment. A key lesson is to do what you love to do and do it regularly. You never know who is watching.


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