Has expertise in design, development and applications of instructional media; developed a computer application for learning musical notation that was adopted by the Indiana Department of Education for grades K-12. Set up community access to Internet through the North Central campus.
Has developed computer applications for research and teaching of biology and chemistry. Developed innovative multimedia computer programs to simulate experiments and illustrate complex science concepts. Programs are being used by high-school and college educators nationwide.
Studies and plans computer systems for academic and administrative computing. Can discuss information technology and computer technology in the liberal arts. Is pursuing doctorate in information technology in higher education.
Teaches courses in uses of computers in education. Works extensively with schools. Has published more than 20 articles related to research and applications of computers in education. Has written commercial software for education. Special areas of expertise include computer uses in science education; computer-based distance education; and instructional uses of interactive video and multimedia. Associate editor of the Journal of Research in Science Teaching and the Journal of Computers in Mathematics and Science Teaching.
Researches the planning and implementation of organizational and technological innovations in schools. Also studies the nature of the planning process and the effects of planning in such areas as educational computing, school-university collaboration and school restructuring. Is co-leader of an interdisciplinary team that developed a program to allow teachers and school administrators in northwest Indiana to earn doctoral degrees in educational administration at Purdue University Calumet in Hammond from the West Lafayette campus via the latest in distance education technology. It is the first time in Indiana that a Ph.D. program has been offered almost entirely by distance education.
Researches the relationship between student interactions, thinking and problem solving, and the construction of science knowledge by elementary and middle-school students. Specifically, studies how student interactions influence students' use of thinking skills, problem-solving strategies and the construction of scientific meaning. Is editor of the Journal of Computers in Mathematics and Science Teaching and associate editor of the Journal of Research in Science Teaching. Is director of INLAB, a National Science Foundation-funded project that involves 30 mid-level Indiana science educators in an effort to improve laboratory teaching and develop alternative assessment methods for science teaching.
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