Bruce C. Howard

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The NASA Classroom of the Future sponsored a residential training course to help teachers learn to use computer-based educational tools and explore constructivist instructional approaches. Researchers hypothesized that creating a living-and-learning environment for the training would foster rapid changes in teachers’ epistemological beliefs.(More)
This study examined the effect of live simulation on students’ science learning and attitude. A total of 311 middle school students participated in the simulation, which allowed them to access and interpret satellite data and images and to design investigations. A pre/post design was employed to compare students’ science learning and attitude before and(More)
Design principles are universal and may be translated onto the newest trends and emergent technologies. In this research study we combined the perspectives provided by two sources to create a set of recommended design principles for technology-enhanced learning environments. One source was the How People Learn framework (Bransford, Brown, & Cocking, 2000).(More)
As part of a larger project for the NASA-sponsored Classroom of the FutureTM to benchmark the effectiveness of educational technologies, researchers used multiple data sources to develop a list of exemplars and delineate common design features. The exemplars included promising educational technologies, tools, Web sites, resources, software, and hardware.(More)
Our research team evaluated 18 months of National Science Foundation (NSF) program announcements and awarded programs to discern the amount and type of emphasis placed upon educational technologies. NSF issued 65 solicitations for proposals, with 53.8% calling for educational technology components. A sampling of 366 of the 1,180 funded projects showed that(More)
We believe hypermedia environments need to be defined by their capacity to in teract effectively with the limitations and constraints of students' cognitive informat ion processing system. In this study, we contrasted four navigational platforms to test t h e hypothesis that the development of configurational knowledge increases learners ' abilities to (a)(More)
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