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Curriculum, Teaching  & Learning



Jim Hewitt
Associate Professor
Associate Chair, Teacher Education, Curriculum, Teaching and Learning

phone: (416) 978-0123
email: jim.hewitt@utoronto.ca  
email: jhewitt@oise.utoronto.ca


Departments:
Curriculum, Teaching and Learning

Centre for Science, Mathematics and Technology Education
Institute for Knowledge, Innovation and Technology
Master of Teaching Programme


Research Overview

Dr. James Hewitt is a Professor with the Department of Curriculum, Teaching, and Learning at OISE. His research interests focus on computer supported learning environments, electronic discourse, distance education, multimedia case studies, teacher education, telementoring, online communities, and educational technologies.

Dr. Hewitt is active with a number of organizations, including the International Society of the Learning Sciences (ISLS), the American Educational Research Association (AERA), the National Association for Research in Science Teaching (NARST) and the Science Teachers Association of Ontario (STAO). He works often as a reviewer for top journals in the field of science education such as the Canadian Journal of Science, the Journal of Learning Sciences and Computer & Education.

In addition to his work with computers in education, Dr. Hewitt is an avid software programmer and has won multiple awards for his applications on vocabulary analysis.

Curriculum Vitae

http://www.oise.utoronto.ca/Curriculum_Vitae/Jim_Hewitt_CV.pdf

Academic History

Doctor of Philosophy, OISE, CTL, University of Toronto, Toronto Ontario, 1996.
Supervisor: Dr. Marlene Scardamalia
Doctoral Dissertation: Progress Toward a Knowledge-Building Community.

Master of Education, Computer Applications in Education. Department of Measurement, Evaluation and Computer Applications, OISE, University of Toronto, Toronto Ontario, 1990.

Bachelor of Education, Althouse College, University of Western Ontario, London Ontario, 1986.
Dean's Honor List.

Bachelor of Mathematics, University of Waterloo, Waterloo Ontario, 1986.
Double Honors: Computer Science and Mathematics Teaching.

Ontario Teacher's Certificate, Althouse College, University of Western Ontario, 1986.
Mathematics and Computer Science specialties, Intermediate/Senior level.

Teaching Overview

Prof. Hewitt has taught the following Graduate-level courses:

CTL 1018H Introduction to Qualitative Inquiry
CTL 1602H Introduction to Computers in Education
CTL 1603H Introduction to Knowledge Building
CTL 1608H Instructional Technology: Instructional Design
CTL 1041H Research Methods in Education

and the following Undergraduate courses:

CTL 7003: Science and Technology
CTL 7004: Practicum in Schools

and taken taken part in the following Directed Studies and Individual Reading Courses:

CTL 1798HF Pedagogic Practices in Knowledge Building Communities: The Nature of Classroom Discourses and the Potentials of Video Case Methods. Ashifa Jivraj, (Sep-Dec 2008).
CTL1798HF A study of information and communication technologies (ICT) in secondary science classrooms. Kamla Reid, (May-Aug 2008).

Representative Publications

BOOKS

Hewitt, J. & DeCoito, I. (2004). OISE Papers in Educational Technologies. Toronto: University of Toronto Press.

CHAPTERS IN BOOKS

Hewitt J (2005). Instructional technologies, technocentrism, and science education. In S. Alsop, L. Bencze, & E. Pedretti (Eds.), Analysing exemplary science teaching: Theoretical lenses and a spectrum of possibilities for practice (pp. 160-170). Buckingham: Open University Press.

Hewitt, J. (2004). Editorial. In J. Hewitt & I. DeCoito (Eds.) OISE Papers in Educational Technologies (pp. 1-2). Toronto: University of Toronto Press.
Young, L., Hardman, W., Hewitt, J. & Messina, R. (2004). A comparative analysis of face-to-face mentoring and real-time telementoring. In J. Hewitt & I. DeCoito (Eds.) OISE Papers in Educational Technologies (pp. 155-163). Toronto: University of Toronto Press.

Hewitt J (2004). An exploration of community in a Knowledge Forum classroom: An activity system analysis. In S. Barab, R. Kling & J. Gray (Eds.) Designing virtual communities in the service of learning (pp. 210-238). Cambridge MA: Cambridge University Press.

ARTICLES IN REFEREED JOURNALS

Peters, V., & Hewitt, J. (2010). An investigation of student practices in asynchronous computer conferencing courses. Computers & Education, 54, 951-961.

Bencze, L., Hewitt, J., & Pedretti, E. (2009). Personalizing and contextualizing multimedia case methods in university-based teacher education: An important modification for promoting technological design in school science. Research in Science Education, 39(1), 93-109.

Pedretti, E., Bencze, L., Hewitt, J., Romkey, L., & Jivraj, A. (2008). Promoting issues-based STSE perspectives in science teacher education: Problems of identity and ideology. Science & Education, 17(8/9), 941-960.

Hewitt, J., Brett, C. & Peters, V. (2007). Scan Rate: A new metric for the analysis of reading behaviors in asynchronous computer conferencing environments. American Journal of Distance Education, 21(4), 1-17.

Research Grants and Contracts

Hewitt, J. & Woodruff, E. (2010). Toward the Synergistic Integration of Computer-Mediated Communication and Wikis. SSHRC Standard Research Grant. $102,936.

Hewitt, J., Slotta, J., Brett, C., Moore, G., & Hyman, A. (2007). A Casebook of Effective Information Technology Teaching and Learning Practices. IT Courseware Development Fund, University of Toronto, Awarded: $8,500. Status: Principal Investigator.

Hewitt, J., & Laferrier, T. (2006). Professional development videos for moving beyond best practice. SSHRC INE Public Outreach Grant. $49,861.

Hewitt, J. (2005). A study information overload in computer conferencing environments. Small-scale SSHRC Fund, University of Toronto. $3,500.

Honours and Awards

Award for outstanding software: 1998 for the program The Vocabulary Analyzer, demonstrated at the Telelearning Network Centres of Excellence Conference, Vancouver, B. C.
Award of Merit: 1987 for the program CO-CO, in the category of Microcomputer CIA/CAL Programs, Association for Media and Technology in Education in Canada (AMTEC).
Award of Merit: 1986 for the program Polyhedra, in the category of Microcomputer CIA/CAL Programs, Association for Media and Technology in Education in Canada (AMTEC).
Dean's Honor List: 1986, Bachelor of Education, Althouse College, University of Western Ontario.
Best Media Project: 1986: Althouse College, University of Western Ontario.

Professional Activities

Dr. Hewitt has held the following Executive Positions:

Member of the Editorial Board of the Canadian Journal of Science, Mathematics & Technology Education (July 2008 to present)
Member of the QWERTY Journal Scientific Board, 2005 to present.
Member of the Conference Planning Committee for the International Society of the Learning Sciences (2002 to 2007)

and has reviewed for a number of important science education journals:

Reviewer for Canadian Journal of Science, Mathematics and Technology Education (2007, 2008, 2009).
Reviewer for American Journal of Distance Education (2008).
Reviewer for Computers & Education (2005, 2008).
Reviewer for the Journal of Learning Sciences (2003, 2005).

and has membership of several professional organizations:

International Society of the Learning Sciences (ISLS)
American Educational Research Association (AERA)
National Association for Research in Science Teaching (NARST)
Science Teachers Association of Ontario (STAO)
Ontario College of Teachers (OCT)
Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE)
AERA SIG: Computer Applications in Education