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University of Michigan Professor Wins 2001 Jan Hawkins Award

Thursday, April 26, 2001

Margaret Honey, director of EDC's Center for Children and Technology, presented Barry J. Fishman, assistant professor of learning technologies at the University of Michigan, with the 2001 Jan Hawkins Award today at a morning ceremony held during the 82rd Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (AERA) in Seattle, Washington.

Created in 2000 to honor the memory of the center's late longtime director, the Hawkins award celebrates the spirit of Dr. Hawkins, an internationally renown educational technology researcher, by rewarding a researcher whose research efforts best reflect her well known example.

Mr. Fishman is a faculty member in the Center for Highly Interactive Computing in Education (hi-ce) Hi-Ce Web site. Examples of Mr. Fishman's work follows:

In Teacher Knowledge and Technology (TKT), funded by the National Science Foundation, Mr. Fishman is exploring the relationship between the knowledge, beliefs, and attitudes held by middle school science teachers with respect to inquiry-based science with embedded learning technologies and their classroom practices with those technologies.

Knowledge Networks on the Web (KNOW), funded by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, is a collaboration between The Center for Highly Interactive Computing in Education (hi-ce) and teachers in Detroit and Ann Arbor, Michigan. KNOW seeks to support users of hi-ce curricula by creating a space in which teachers can share their knowledge of teaching with peers.

An ongoing program of research, design, and implementation carried out by several partner middle schools and universities, the Center for Learning Technologies in Urban Schools, is working to ensure that theory and practice grow and change together. Through its efforts, teachers and researchers from the Chicago Public Schools, the Evanston Public Schools, the Detroit Public Schools, Northwestern University, and the University of Michigan design curricula for middle school science classes. Together, the Center has developed units on earth and environmental science, biology, weather, animal behavior, and physics.

As part of the ceremony, Mr. Fishman delivered a presentation of his award-winning research work titled "Linking the Learning Sciences to Systemic Reform: Teacher Learning, Leadership, & Technology." Presentation slides and an Adobe Acrobat PDF containing the entire session transcript are available on Mr. Fishman's Web site.