the educational technology journal

Vol 20|No 3|January 2011
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About the author . . .

Jeff King, Ed.D.
Koehler Center for Teaching Excellence
Texas Christian University


A constructivist at heart in terms of educational philosophy, Jeff counts the following writers and thinkers as important to his own construction of a teaching-learning philosophy: William James, Carol Dweck, Ellen Langer, John Tagg, Lao-Tzu (or the unnamed collective source of that wisdom), John Dewey, a very wise high school English teacher (favorite saying: “Nothing is as good or as bad as people say it is”), and countless students from whom he has learned during his own teaching career.

Dr. Jeff King is the Director of the Koehler Center for Teaching Excellence at Texas Christian University in Ft. Worth, Texas. His research and application interests have long been related to how humans learn, and in his role at TCU he helps faculty facilitate student learning. That activity requires Jeff to keep up with new learning expectations and styles that today's college students bring with them to college. Understanding the benefits and the drawbacks of what this generation brings with them as they begin transitioning into independent adults is one of the focuses of Jeff's work in his support of teaching and learning at TCU.
Working with college faculty to constantly improve teaching and learning, though, means Jeff is able to work in many content areas of professional faculty development, a true delight for him. His interests in support of this work involve finding ways to accelerate the shift from the instruction-centered paradigm to the learning-centered paradigm and discovering processes and tools to help faculty assess and facilitate students’ achievement of course and program learning outcomes.  Along the way, Jeff has found himself taking extended forays into neuroscience and cognitive science research which has implications for classroom practice, and he also does a great deal of research about the ways that student and teacher beliefs affect learning.

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