YPP Network Description

The MacArthur Research Network on Youth and Participatory Politics (YPP) formed out of recognition that youth are critical to the future of democracy and that the digital age is introducing technological changes that are impacting how youth develop into informed, engaged, and effective actors.

Howard Gardner

Howard Gardner is the John H. and Elisabeth A Hobbs Professor of Cognition and Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and Senior Director of Harvard's Project Zero, a long-standing interdisciplinary research group focused on cognition and education. Trained in developmental, cognitive, and neuropsychology, Gardner has studied and authored influential books on intelligence, creativity, leadership, cognitive science, and the arts. His writings about education have had considerable impact in the United States and abroad. Recently, in conjunction with William Damon, Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, and Carrie James, he has been studying good work-work that is excellent technically, personally meaningful, and carried out in an ethical manner. As part of the MacArthur initiative in the new digital media, Gardner, James, and colleagues have been studying ethical issues entailed in youth's use of the new digital media. He was Co-Principal Investigator with Carrie James on the Good Participation project.