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Alan Rudnitsky


email Email office 201 Morgan Hall phone (413) 585–3261

Al RudnitskyAl Rudnitsky's research interests all revolve around teaching and learning for understanding. His recent work has focused on how teachers create learning communities, the role of discourse in deep learning, knowledge building pedagogy in higher education, the role of imagination in teaching and learning, and how creating and using videos can serve as a way to study teaching. Math and science education at the elementary- and middle-school level are topics of particular interest.

Rudnitsky received a National Science Foundation five-year, full-scale development grant for "Using Narrative in a Digital Learning Environment to Engage Children and Teens in Engineering," for which he was the co-principal investigator.


Represented Publications

"What Happens When a College Teacher Meets the Learning Sciences," (with DiBartolo, P.) International Journal of University Teaching and Faculty Development. Vol. 2, No. 3, 2011.

"Applying Knowledge Building in an Engineering Class: A Pilot Study," (with Ellis, G.W., Moriarty, M.A., Mikic, B.) International Journal of Engineering Education, Vol. 27, No. 5, pp 1–13. (2011).

Course Design: A Guide to Curriculum Development for Teachers. 7th edition. (2006) (with George Posner), Boston: Allyn & Bacon Longman.

"Using Knowledge Building to Support Deep Learning, Collaboration, and Innovation in Engineering Education," (with Ellis, G.W. & Moriarity, M.) 40th ASEE/IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference, Washington, DC. in press.

"Theoretic Stories: Creating Deeper Learning in Engineering Courses. International Journal of Engineering Education," (with Ellis, G.W. & Moriarity, M.) Journal of Engineering Eduation, 2010 vol. 26, no. 5.

"Listening in on groups: Learning about practice through filmmaking," (with Dlugolecki, S., Dodd, G., Donovan, K., Starkel, H., Traxler, M.) Paper presented at the 2010 annual meeting of the New England Educational Research Organization, Portsmouth, NH.

"Stories of Classroom Community," (with Franey, B., Gundersheimer, B., Penda, K., Ramsey, L., & Treadway, M.) Paper presented at the 2008 New England Educational Research Organization Annual Conference, Hyannis, MA. April 2008.

"Creating communities of learners: What experienced teachers do at the beginning of the school year," (with Epstein, T., Fernald, L. & McKeever, K.) Paper presented at the 2007 New England Education Research Organization Annual Conference. Portsmouth, NH. April 2007.

"Learning about Scientific Inquiry through Engineering," (with Harwood, J.), Proceedings of the 2005 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference and Exposition, Portland, Oregon.

"Finding Meaning in the Classroom: Successful Approaches to Engaging Students in Engineering," (with Ellis, G. and Scordilis, G.) International Journal of Engineering Education, 21 (6), 1148 – 1158.

"Using Concept Maps to Enhance Understanding in Engineering Education," (with Ellis, G.W. and B. Silverstein) International Journal of Engineering Education 20 (6), 1012-1021.

Introducing Students to Scientific Inquiry: How Do We Know What We Know. (with Susan Etheredge), Boston: Allyn & Bacon, 2003.