Professor Tobin White Honored for Early Career Excellence March 2012
The American Educational Research Association (AERA) has given
Assistant Professor Tobin White its 2012 Jan Hawkins Award for
Early Career Contributions to Humanistic Research & Scholarship
in Learning Technologies. The award will be presented at the
AERA’s annual conference in April. White will give the annual Jan
Hawkins address at AERA’s Conference in San Francisco in 2013.
Jan Hawkins (1952-1999) was a developmental psychologist with a
cognitive, cultural, and social-interactionist orientation, and
was well known for her respectful, humanistic conceptions of
appropriate roles for using technology in K-12 learning
environments. She was also exemplary in her nurturing of young
research scholars in learning technologies, and has been a model
for them through her research and leadership.
Tobin White studies the use of technology in teaching and
learning mathematics. He has a particular interest in using
mobile computing to support novel approaches to engaging learners
with STEM content and practices. Using a design-based research
approach, he develops collaborative problem-solving tools and
activities in order to investigate intersections between
conceptual and social dimensions of learning. A former high
school mathematics teacher himself, he has also worked for more
than a decade in teacher preparation.