Suzanne Gaskins, Ph.D.


Research Interests

My broadest research goal is to understand the relationship of enculturation and development in children. My research is done primarily in a small Mayan village in Yucatan, Mexico, where I have lived and worked part-time for 40 years.  My research has been focused on children’s play and work as culturally structured activities, the developmental trajectory of linguistic relativity, open attention and observational learning, and early social interaction.

I am also interested in other informal learning environments, including museums.  For over 25 years I have conducted research on how children and their families use children’s museums, including studying cultural differences. I am interested in how museums can design exhibits that better respond to the needs of all their visitors.

For both of these research environments, I strive to integrate quantitative and qualitative methods.

Professor Emerita

Department of Psychology

Northeastern Illinois University

5500 N. St. Louis Ave.

Chicago, IL 60625