In reference to the article sent my mike cole on kozlyn and davidoff on change in education:
I have previously taught for 14 years in a variety of classrooms including St. Louis Public schools. I have a background in instructional design and educational technology. I currently study how teachers implement change in their classrooms- primarily their use of technology - using activity theory. Here at UMKC I am implementing research of urban classrooms in the Kansas City school districts..
I sincerely believe that there is a potential for a paradigm shift in education by developing constructivist-based learning environmnents based on cog theory and embedding advanced learning technologies in a meaningful and an authentic manner. It has been my experience that these educational experiences are productive in suburban, rural, and urban schools. However, there are many barriers for teachers who wish to innovate in urban settings.
I attempt through my SC research design to develop AT-based models of effective innovation in diverse educational settings so these models can be used to develop profesisonal development programs in varied educational settings so educators can innovate successfully and serve their increasingly diverse students productively.
Donna L. Russell, Ph.D.
Curriculum and Instructional Leadership
309 School of Education
University of Missouri-Kansas City
Kansas City, MO 64110
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