Robert Lecusay


Avdelningen för psykologi och pedagogik , Högskolan för lärande och kommunikation

Filosofie doktor

Robert is an Assistant Professor of Early Childhood Education at Jönköping University's School of Education and Communication. He is the Research Coordinator for the University's  Practice-Based Education Research Group, and Director of the International Master's Program in Swedish Preschool Education. He is also a member of both the Preschool Education Research Group and the Sustainability Education Research Group. Broadly speaking, his research examines the relationship between formal and informal learning in afterschool and preschool environments, focusing in particular on the tension between play and learning in processes of schoolification and pedagogization in early childhood education for sustainable development.He is currently the principal investigator for a study examining children's outdoor pretend and exploratory play in relation to a growing agenda in the Swedish preschool sector that emphasizes teaching (formal instruction) at an earlier age. This study is part of a Swedish regional government funded intervention to examine health and educational outcomes for preschools participating in workshops to sustainably develop their outdoor spaces.

Before leaving southern California for the south of Sweden, Robert was a doctoral student (Interdisciplinary PhD Program in Communication & Cognitive Science ) and lecturer at the Laboratory of Comparative Human Cognition, where he collaborated with his colleagues on a variety of university-community research partnerships ( Town & Country Learning Center , La Clase Mágica ), and on a project for the MacArthur Foundation to survey the state of the art in methods for documenting and assessing informal learning. After earning his PhD, Robert combined his teaching and research at UCSD with work as Director of Education and Research at the San Diego Community Garden Network. This involved coordinating with university and community stakeholders to design and teach courses in which university students and community youth collaborated around urban agriculture projects as means of learning about methods and theories in sustainable development and educational ethnography. This work was a direct extension of research he conducted for his doctoral training: ethnographies of informal science education in after-school settings, and of a Swedish play pedagogy intervention in an American K-1 classroom.

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Ferholt, B. Lecusay, R. Nilsson, M. (2018). Adult and Child Learning in Playworlds. : Cambridge University Press More information
Downing-Wilson, D. Lecusay, R. Rosero, I. Cole, M. (2012). A cultural-historical approach to university/community collaborative interventions. Oxford: Oxford University Press More information


Nilsson, M. Lecusay, R. Alnervik, K. (2018). Undervisning i förskolan: Holistisk förskoledidaktik byggd på lek och utforskande. More information
Nilsson, M. Lecusay, R. Alnervik, K. (2018). Undervisning i förskolan. : Örebro universitet More information
Nilsson, M. Ferholt, B. Lecusay, R. (2017). 'The Playing-Exploring Child'. : Sage Publications More information
Lecusay, R. (2014). Building zones of proximal development with computer games in a U-C Links after-school program. More information
Cole, M. Lecusay, R. Rosero, I. (2012). Creating hybrid after-school enrichment activities. More information
Barkhuus, L. Lecusay, R. (2012). Social infrastructures as barriers and foundation for informal learning. More information
Downing-Wilson, D. Lecusay, R. Cole, M. (2011). Design experimentation and mutual appropriation. More information
Rosero, I. Lecusay, R. Cole, M. (2011). Ambiguous Coordination: Collaboration in Informal Science Education Research. More information
Ferholt, B. Lecusay, R. (2010). Adult and child development in the zone of proximal development. More information
Lecusay, R. Rossen, L. Cole, M. (2008). Cultural-historical activity theory and the zone of proximal development in the study of idioculture design and implementation. More information
Baumer, S. Ferholt, B. Lecusay, R. (2005). Promoting narrative competence through adult-child joint pretense. More information
Shor-Posner, G. Lecusay, R. Miguez, M. Moreno-Black, G. Zhang, G. Rodriguez, N. Burbano, X. Baum, M. Wilkie, F. (2003). Psychological burden in the era of Haart. More information
Wilkie, F. Goodkin, T. Khamis, L. van Zuilen, M. Lee, D. Lecusay, R. Concha, M. Symes, S. Suarez, P. Eisdorfer, C. (2003). Cognitive functioning in younger and older HIV-1 - Infected adults. More information
Burbano, X. Miguez-Burbano, M. McCollister, K. Zhang, G. Rodriguez, A. Ruiz, P. Lecusay, R. Shor-Posner, G. (2002). Impact of a selenium chemoprevention clinical trial on hospital admissions of HIV-infected participants. More information
Shor-Posner, G. Miguez, M. Pineda, L. Rodriguez, A. Ruiz, P. Castillo, G. Burbano, X. Lecusay, R. Baum, M. (2002). Impact of selenium status on the pathogenesis of mycobacterial disease in HIV-1-infected drug users during the era of highly active antiretroviral therapy. More information
Shor-Posner, G. Lecusay, R. Morales, G. Campa, A. Miguez-Burbano, M. (2002). Neuroprotection in HIV-positive drug users. More information
Miguez-Burbano, M. Pineda-Medina, L. Lecusay, R. Page, J. Castillo, G. Burbano, X. Rodriguez, A. Rodriguez, N. Shor-Posner, G. (2002). Continued high risk behaviors in HIV infected drug abusers. More information
Miguez-Burbano, M. Burbano, X. Rodriguez, A. Lecusay, R. Rodriguez, N. Shor-Posner, G. (2002). Development of thrombocytosis in HIV plus drug users. More information
Valcour, V. Goodkin, K. Shiramizu, B. Shikuma, C. Asthana, D. Shapshak, P. Concha, M. Wilkie, F. Khamis, I. Lee, D. Ardila, A. Lecusay, R. Suarez, P. Rigg, D. Zheng, W. O'Mellan, S. Neundorfer, M. Camp, C. Lee, M. Malone, M. Carr, J. Skrajner, M. Justice, A. McGinnis, K. Wagner, J. Conigliaro, J. Rabeneck, L. Stoff, D. Linsk, N. (2002). Aging, HIV-1 infection and neurocognitive function. More information
Burbano, X. Miguez, M. Lecusay, R. Rodriguez, A. Ruiz, P. Morales, G. Castillo, G. Baum, M. Shor-Posner, G. (2001). Thrombocytopenia in HIV-infected drug users in the HAART era. More information
Shor-Posner, G. Lecusay, R. Miguez-Burbano, M. Quesada, J. Rodriguez, A. Ruiz, P. O'Mellan, S. Campa, A. Rincon, H. Wilkie, F. Page, J. Baum, M. (2000). Quality of life measures in the Miami HIV-1 infected drug abusers cohort. More information

Artikel, forskningsöversikt

Goodkin, K. Heckman, T. Siegel, K. Linsk, M. Khamis, I. Lee, D. Lecusay, R. Poindexter, C. Mason, S. Suarez, P. Eisdorfer, C. (2003). "Putting a face" on HIV infection/AIDS in older adults. More information
Ardila-Ardila, A. Goodkin, K. Concha-Bartolini, M. Lecusay-Ruiz, R. O'Mellan-Fajardo, S. Suarez-Bustamante, P. Molina-Vasquez, R. Lee, D. Chayeb, G. Wilkie, F. (2003). HUMANS: una batería neuropsicologica para la evaluación de pacientes infectados con VIH-1. More information


Lecusay, R. (2013). Telementoring Physics: University-Community After-school Collaborations and the Mediation of the Formal/ Informal Divide. : University of California, San Diego More information


Lemke, J. Lecusay, R. Cole, M. Michalchik, V. (2015). Documenting and assessing learning in informal and media-rich environments. John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation reports on digital media and learning. Cambridge, Massachusetts: MIT Press More information


Beth, F. Monica, N. Lecusay, R. (2018). Developing the Relational Competence of Early Childhood Education Teachers Through Playworlds: Contributions From a Swedish Preschool. More information
Lecusay, R. Mrak, L. Nilsson, M. (2018). Teachers Making Sense of Children’s Sense-making: Negotiating Pretense, Exploration, and Teaching in Sustainable, Multi-functional Preschool Environments.. More information
Anderstaf, S. Lecusay, R. Nilsson, M. (2017). "Sometimes we have to clash". More information
Lecusay, R. Nilsson, M. Ferholt, B. (2017). Exploratory playworlds. More information
Nilsson, M. Ferholt, B. Lecusay, R. (2016). Professional development through participation in playworld. More information
Nilsson, M. Lecusay, R. Mrak, L. Ferholt, B. Alnervik, K. (2015). Toddlers and Teachers in Aesthetic Communication. More information
Nilsson, M. Lecusay, R. Ferholt, B. Alnervik, K. (2015). Preschool Didactics from Within. More information
Cole, M. Lecusay, R. Rosero, I. (2013). Social Imaginaries about digital technologies and education in the afterschool hours: The reality is more interesting than the dream. More information
Barkhuus, L. Lecusay, R. (2011). Technologies and social learning in an urban after-school center. More information


Lecusay, R. (2016). Book Review: Play, playfulness, creativity and innovation. More information

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