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Ronald E. Anderson

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Professor Emeritus
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Ph.D. Stanford University (1970)

Interest Areas

Methodology; Sociology of Technology; Sociology of Education; Gender Roles; Organizations; Computer Simulations.

Current Research

"Exemplary Technology-Supported-Schooling Case Studies."
Funded by the U.S. Department of Education, this study conducted qualitative case studies of 11 exemplary American schools and their classrooms, which respect to their use of technology to improve learning. This study is being conducted simultaneously in 27 other countries.

"International Comparative Study of Information and Communication Technology in Education."
Under the auspices of the International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement (IEA), surveys of teachers and school leaders will be conducted in multiple countries. Data will be collected in 2005.

Selected Publications

"School Technology Leadership: An Empirical Investigation of Prevalence and Impact," with S. Dexter. 2004. Educational Administration Quarterly.

Cross National Policies and Practices on Information and Communication Technology in Education (T. Plomp, N. Law, & A. Quale, co-editors). 2003. Greenwich, CT, USA: Information Age Publishing.

"Teaching, Learning, and Computing in Japan and the United States," in Bachnik, J. M. (Editor) Roadblocks on the Information Highway. 2003. Lanham, Maryland, USA: Lexington Books.

"Youth and Information Technology." Pp. 175-207 in The Future of Adolescent Experience: Societal Trends and the Transition to Adulthood. 2002. New York: Cambridge University Press.

"International studies of innovative uses of ICT in schools." 2002. Journal of Computer Assisted Learning, 18(4): 381-386.

ICT and the Emerging Paradigm for Life Long Learning, co-edited with W.J. Pelgrum. 1999. Amsterdam, NET: International Association for the Evaluation of Education Achievement.