DANIEL LIGHT, a Senior Researcher at the Center for Children and Technology, Education Development Center, has a background in qualitative and quantitative sociological research methodologies. His work focuses on the social issues of school reform and technology integration across school systems both in the U.S. and internationally. He is project manager of the evaluation of an international professional development program supporting the introduction of technology and project-based approaches into teaching and learning.

Dr. Light has worked with technology integration projects in Peru and Guatemala and was the co-director of a study on seven successful SchoolNets in Latin America. He has worked on projects including the evaluation of youth development and school-to-work programs, the design of technology-related needs assessment instruments, impact studies of technology use with students, and studies on the role of guidance counseling in helping young people plan for the future.

Dr. Light has also been particularly involved in educational technologies in Latin America. He has done project work throughout the region, with longer involvement in projects based in Costa Rica, Argentina, Brazil, Guatemala, and Peru. His international experience also includes research on technology projects in Latin America for a World Bank policy paper, the evaluation of a tele-collaborative project between Latin American and North American public school teachers.

Dr. Light received his Ph.D. in sociology from the New School for Social Research. He was an invited researcher for a year at the Institute for Women’s Studies at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Spain. He also received an M.A. in international affairs from Carleton University, Canada, and an M.A. in sociology and historical studies also from the New School for Social Research.