Dear all xmcaers
Around the turn of the century (circa 1902) Woodrow Wilson, then president
of Princeton University, commented that it is easier to move a graveyard
than to change anything in education. Needless to say, he was frustrated by
his institution's response to any change.
It's a long difficult battle because of all the factors and special interest
groups of power who balk at any change. The good olde days always look
better than they really were. They fail to see that objects in the rear view
mirror may appear better than they are.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Russell, Donna L" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Friday, July 29, 2005 7:21 PM
Subject: [xmca] change in education
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
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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