Becky began her career designing and leading instructional activities in museum settings. She became interested in the complex task of assessing learning in informal contexts and pursued a research doctorate in Learning and Teaching, where she focused her graduate coursework in quantitative and qualitative research design and methods, cognitive psychology, and developmental psychology. Her interests also include how to make learning more engaging, accessible and effective; the creative process; the metaphoric nature of thought; and how these elements can be harnessed to foster developmental growth. She began teaching at Capital Community College in 2010.
2010 Writing as Inquiry: How might the practice of writing poetry function as an epistemic tool for poets? Doctoral Dissertation, Graduate School of Education, Harvard University, available from The Haiku Foundation Digital Library: http://www.thehaikufoundation.org/omeka/items/show/2393
2009 DeVito, B. Reading between the lines: The literature review as a form of original research in applied semiotics. International Applied Semiotics Journal, Special Edition 2009, 99-140.
2006 Metaphors for the Mind, Thinking and Thought: A Literature Review
Qualifying Paper, Graduate School of Education, Harvard University, available from the Social Science Research Network: http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=1541179
2005 DeVito, B. Studying Artifacts of Visitor Learning. Curator: The Museum Journal, 48 (2), 193-209.