Current work, research and interests
Anne’s work focuses on volunteer systems development, creating engaging learning environments and experiences for both youth and adult learners, inquiry-based learning and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & applied Math). She gives leadership to the design, development and delivery of training and educational experiences for Minnesota volunteers and 4-H youth, as well as professional youth workers and educators.
She loves to teach hands-on workshops on inquiry and science, as well as increasing program quality through experiential activities focused on reflective learning and engagement. She always gets excited when she can share in someone’s sense of wonder and curiosity.
Anne has worked in Extension for 20+ years, with prior experiences as a residence hall director and instructor at St. Cloud State University, and as a program associate with the National Association of Secondary School Principal’s division of student activities.
Academic degrees and experience
- M.S., information media, training and human resource development, St. Cloud State University, 1994.
- B.A., elementary education with a minor in student leadership development, St. Norbert College, 1984.
Stevenson, A. (2013). I Wonder…"I Wonder" boards serve as a springboard for scientific investigations. Journal of Science and Children, 50(6), 74-79.
Stevenson, A. & Lorek Strauss, A. (2013) Digging deeper into inquiry: Planning and carrying out science investigations in non-formal learning settings. University of Minnesota and North Dakota State University Youth development brown bag webinar series. Published online.
Stevenson, A. (2013) Exploring inquiry & expanding learn-by-doing science (STEM). University of Minnesota and North Dakota State University Youth development brown bag webinar series. Published online.
Stevenson, A. (2012). 4-H project leaders: Where the action starts and Quality learning environments. Minnesota 4-H volunteer online training modules. St. Paul: Regents of the University of Minnesota.
- Youth Work Matters Online
- Inquiry-Based Learning with Kids…It’s a Chemical Attraction. Youth Work Institute class offering.
- Hands on & minds on: Building the FUN of science & engineering into your programs!
- Building program quality 20 minutes at a time: Leadership and reflection activities you can use!
University of Minnesota, Andover regional office