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Thomas A Brush
Barbara B. Jacobs Chair in Education and Technology, Professor & Chair, IST
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Department:  Instructional Systems Technology
Affiliations:  Center for International Education, Development and Research, Center for Evaluation and Educational Policy
My website:  http://pbl-tech.org
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About Me | Degrees | Publications | Presentations | Awards
 

ABOUT ME

My research goals from a design standpoint are to develop methods and strategies for promoting inquiry-oriented learning, particularly with more open-ended instruction. This involves studying methods for integrating tools to promote cooperative, collaborative, and problem-based learning strategies into the learning environment itself and developing alternative techniques to deliver instruction to students.

My current project, supported through a grant from the US Department of Education, involves designing, developing, and field-testing Web 2.0 tools to support development of technology-enhanced problem-based learning curriculum for use in both K-12 and higher education settings. The "PBL-Tech" project is initially focusing on PBL curriculum development efforts in the areas of science and social studies. The science curriculium efforts can be viewed via our ssinet website - http://ssinet.org.

I have been working on with my colleague John Saye at Auburn University for over a decade on PBL curriculum efforts in social studies. Our work has led to the development of The Persistent Issues in History Network, which includes a set of web-based tools and resources designed to support history teachers interested in implementing problem-based inquiry strategies in their classrooms. Visit http://pihnet.org for more information on this project.

DEGREES

Ph.D., Special Education, June 1995, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN. Minor: Instructional Systems Technology.

M.S., Instructional Technology, May 1988, Potsdam College of SUNY, Potsdam, NY.

B.A., Mathematics, May 1986, Potsdam College of SUNY, Potsdam, NY. New York State teaching certification in secondary mathematics (grades 7-12). 

PUBLICATIONS
  • Brush, T. Saye, J. (in press). An instructional model to support problem-based historical inquiry: The Persistent Issues in History Network. Interdisciplinary Journal of Problem-Based Learning, 8(1).
  • Glazewski, K., Shuster, M., Brush, T. Ellis, A. (in press). Conexiones: Fostering socioscientific inquiry in graduate teacher preparation. Interdisciplinary Journal of Problem-Based Learning, 8(1).
  • Callahan, C., Saye, J., Brush, T. (2013). Designing web-based educative curriculum materials for the social studies. Contemporary Issues in Technology and Teacher Education, 13(2). Retrieved from http://www.citejournal.org/vol13/iss2/socialstudies/article1.cfm
  • Brush, T., Glazewski, K., Ottenbreit-Leftwich, A., Saye, J., Zhang, Z., Shin, S. (2013). The PBL-TECH project: Web-based tools and resources to support problem-based learning in pre-service teacher education. In L. Liu, D. Gibson, C. Maddux (Eds.), Research highlights in technology and teacher education 2013. Chesapeake, VA: AACE.
  • Brush, T., Glazewski, K., Ottenbreit-Leftwich, A., Baker, J. (2014). Using technology to support the unique needs of gifted learners: Promise and challenges. In J. Plucker C. Callahan (Eds.), Critical issues and practices in gifted education (2nd Ed). Waco, TX: Profrock Press.
  • Ottenbreit-Leftwich, A., Brush, T., Strycker, J., Gronseth, S., Roman, T., Abaci, S., vanLeusen, P., Shin, S., Easterling, W., Plucker, J. (2012). Preparation versus practice: How do teacher education programs and practicing teachers align in their use of technology to support teaching and learning" Computers Education, 59(2), 399-411.
  • Hur, J., Brush, T., Bonk, C. J. (2012). An analysis of teacherknowledge and emotional sharing in a teacher blog community. InV. Dennen J. Myers (Eds.)., Virtual professional developmentand informal learning via social networks. Hershey, PA: IGIGlobal.
  • Hur., J., Cullen, T., Brush, T. (2010). Teaching for application: A model for assisting pre-service teachers with technology integration. Journal of Technology and Teacher Education, 18(1), 161-182.
  • Gronseth, S., Brush, T., Ottenbreit-Leftwich, A., Strycker, J., Abaci, S., Easterling, W., Roman, T., Shin, S., van Leusen, P. (2010). Equipping the next generation of teachers: Technology preparation and practice. Journal of Digital Learning in Teacher Education, 27(1), 20-26.
  • Kale, U., Brush, T., Saye, J. (2009). Assessing teachers thinking and participation online. Journal of Educational Computing Research, 41(3), 287-317.
  • Brush, T. Saye, J. (2009). Strategies for preparing pre-service social studies teachers to integrate technology effectively: Model and practices. Contemporary Issues in Technology and Teacher Education [Online serial], 9(1). Retrieved from http://www.citejournal.org/vol9/iss1/socialstudies/article1.cfm.
  • Brush, T., Saye, J., Kale, U., Hur, J., Kohlmeier, J., Yeasimou. T., Guo, L., Symonette, S. (2009). Evaluation of the Persistent Issues in History Laboratory for Virtual Field Experience. Journal of Interactive Online Learning [Online serial], 8(1). Retrieved from http://www.ncolr.org/jiol/issues/viewarticle.cfm"volID=8IssueID=25ArticleID=128.
  • Saye, J. Brush, T. (2009). Using the affordances of technology to develop teacher expertise in historical inquiry. In J. Lee and A. Friedman (Eds.), Research on Technology in Social Studies Education. Greenwich, CT: Information Age Publishing.
  • Hur, J. Brush, T. (2009). Teacher participation in online communities: Why do teachers want to participate in self-generated online communities of K-12 teachers" Journal of Research on Technology in Education, 41(3), 279-303.
  • Brush, T., Glazewski, K., Hew, K. (2008). Development of an instrument to measure pre-service teachers technology skills, technology beliefs, and technology barriers. Computers in the Schools 25 (1-2), 112-125
  • Brush, T. Saye, J. (2008). The effects of multimedia-supported problem-based inquiry on student engagement, empathy, and assumptions about history. Interdisciplinary Journal of Problem-Based Learning2(1), 21-56.
  • Hew, K. Brush, T. (2007). Integrating technology into K-12 teaching and learning: Current knowledge gaps and recommendations for future research. Educational Technology Research and Development, 55(3), 223-252.
  • Saye, J. Brush, T. (2006). Comparing teachers strategies for supporting student inquiry in a problem-based multimedia-enhanced history unit. Theory and Research in Social Education, 34(2), 183-212.

PRESENTATIONS
  • Shin, S., Brush, T., Saye, J. (2013, November). Social studies teacher educators use of hypermedia-enhanced cases in teacher education programs. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the College and University Faculty Assembly of the National Council for Social Studies, St. Louis, MO.
  • Shin, S. Brush, T. (2013, March). I think this is really beneficial. You should do this again: A case study of implementing authentic K-12 classroom cases in a social studies methods course. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education, New Orleans, LA.
  • Brush, T., Glazewski, K., Ottenbreit-Leftwich, A., Shin, S., Jung, J., Shin, S., Saye, J., Kohlmeier, J., Howell, J. (2013, October). The PBL-Tech project: Web 2.0 tools to support problem-based learning in science and social studies. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Educational Communication and Technology, Anaheim, CA.
  • Brush, T. Saye, J. (2012, April). An instructional model to support problem-based historical inquiry: The Persistent Issues in History Network. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Vancouver, BC.
  • Shin, S., Kim, M., Brush, T. (2012, October). The redesign of the Wise Practice Case Database. Paper presented at the Association for Educational Communication and Technology Conference, Louisville, KY.
  • Shin, S., Brush, T., Saye, J. (2012, March). Social studies teacher educators use of the Wise Practice Case Database in teacher education courses. Paper presented at the Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education Conference, Austin, TX.
  • Shin, S., Kim, M., Brush, T. (2012, October). The redesign of the Persistent Issues in History Network. Paper presented at the Association for Educational Communication and Technology Conference, Louisville, KY.
  • Brush, T. Ottenbreit-Leftwich, A. (2012, April). The PBL-TECH project. Using Web 2.0 tools and resources to support problem-based curricular innovations in preservice teacher education. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Vancouver, BC.
  • Brush, T., Ottenbreit-Leftwich, A., Saye, J., Glazewski, K.,McCormick, T. (2011, March). PBL-TECH: Using web 2.0tools and resources to support problem-based curricularinnovations in pre-service teacher education. Paper presented atthe Society for Information Technology Teacher EducationInternational Conference, Nashville, TN.
  • Brush, T. Saye, J. (2010, November). Using digital resources to facilitate professional practice and community among elementary social studies teacher educators. Paper presented at the College and University Faculty Assembly of the National Council for Social Studies, Denver, CO.
  • Ottenbreit-Leftwich, A.T., Brush, T.A. (2010, October). Comparison of technology topics and experiences: A national study of teacher education programs and K-12 teachers. Paper presented at Association for Educational Communications and Technology International Convention, Anaheim, CA.
  • Brush, T., Saye, J., Kohlmeier, J., Maddox, L., Howell, J. (2010, April). Assessing pre-service teachers knowledge of implementing problem-based inquiry strategies in social studies. Paper presented at the annual conference of the American Educational Research Association, Denver, CO.

AWARDS
  • 2011 SIG-IT Leadership Award
  • Barbara B. Jacobs Chair in Education and Technology
  • Received award for best research paper by SIG-Teacher Education. Paper co-authored with my student, Susie Gronseth.
  • Received Presidential Award for Service to the organization.
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