Grace Chen is a graduate of the education and technology track at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Her research interests are in interdisciplinary studies and drawing as a tool for communication of academic ideas.

As a Media, Literacy, and Visualization Fellow at the Bok Center this year she collaborated with past MLV Fellow Elizabeth Graff to refine the drawing resources that Elizabeth had created for the Bok Center during her fellowship year. With Elizabeth’s guidance, Grace began conducting additional research on visual note taking, creative assignments, and visual metaphors as a form of assessment.

Projects

Consultant for Gen Ed

As a consultant for the General Education program, Grace worked with fellow MLV fellow Ana to put together an involved report on the incorporation of interdisciplinary studies into the Gen Ed program. She traced the history of interdisciplinary studies from the inception of the term, which developed in response to the division of subjects that begins in middle school education, and up to the current trend of interdisciplinary studies in the college setting. Additionally, she interviewed undergraduates and Faculty in FAS and graduate students at HGSE in order to understand their personal perspective on the successes and shortcomings of the Gen Ed program currently in place. In the process of developing the report,

Grace and Ana also hosted a reading group at the Bok Center entitled “Interdisciplinary Hope or Hype,” that discussed the role of interdisciplinary approaches in higher education, while trying to pare away some of the current “trendiness” of the word and the sour associations that have developed alongside its growing popularity. The resulting report proposes a set of guidelines for how to pair two or more disciplines in a way that enhances each discipline rather than devaluing them.