Punya Mishra
Principal Investigator, Comm Tech Lab
Assistant Professor, Learning, Technology, & Culture, College of Education
Research Associate, MIND Lab

Dr. Mishra began collaborating on Comm Tech Lab projects with the NSF-funded Girls As Designers Project in 2002. He joins the Comm Tech Lab as a principal in fall 2004.

Dr. Mishra is an assistant professor in the Learning, Technology and Culture Program at the College of Education, Michigan State University. He has an undergraduate degree in Electrical Engineering, Masters degrees in Visual and Mass Communications, and a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology. His research has focused on the theoretical, cognitive and social aspects related to the design and use of computer based learning environments. He has worked extensively in the area of technology integration in teacher education and teacher professional development both in face-to-face and online settings. He has received over $4 million in grants from national and international agencies. He has published in peer-reviewed research journals, most recently in the Journal of Technology and Teacher Education, Contemporary Educational Psychology and Communications of the ACM. Dr. Mishra teaches courses at both the Masters and Doctoral levels and has received many accolades for his teaching. These include a Lilly Faculty Fellowship and two nominations for the Teacher-Scholar award. Dr. Mishra is also an accomplished visual artist and poet. His work has been featured in international design and puzzle magazines and websites. You can find out more about him by going to http://punya.educ.msu.edu/

Current Projects:
Reaching and educating at risk children in India. In collaboration with the American Institutes of Research, Juarez Associates and World Learning. Funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development.

Teachers as designers: A problem-based approach to preparing teachers. US Department of Education. Co-PI with Dr. Yong Zhao, Dr. Matthew Koehler & Dr. Cheryl Rosean.

Children’s understanding of and interactions with anthropomorphic robotic toys. Funded by a seed grant from the Institute for Teaching & Learning, College of Education, Michigan State University.

Does Involving Girls as Designers Result in Girl-Friendly Science Education Software? Comparing processes and outcomes of same-sex 5th and 8th grade girl and boy design teams. Funded by the National Science Foundation. Co-PI with Dr. Carrie Heeter & Dr. Rhonda Egidio.

Publications (Books):
Mishra, P. (1990) A 2 Z: A dictionary of design. Published by The Industrial Design Center Press: Bombay, India

Mishra, P., Zhao, Y., & Koehler, M. J. (in press). Faculty development by design: Integrating technology in higher education. Greenwich, CT: Information Age Publishing.

Publications (Selected journal articles & chapters in edited books):

Mishra, P. (1999/2004).
The role of abstraction in scientific illustration: Implications for pedagogy. Journal of Visual Literacy. 19(2), 139-158. Reprinted in C. Handa (Ed.). Visual rhetoric in a digital world: A critical sourcebook. (pp. 177-194). Boston, MA: Bedford/St. Martin’s Press.

Mishra, P., Yong, Z., & Tan, S. (1999). From concept to software: Developing a framework for understanding the process of software design. Journal of Computing in Educational Research. 32(3). 220-238.

Mishra, P., Nicholson, M., & Wojcikiewicz, S. (2001/2003). Does my wordprocessor have a personality? Topffer's Law and Educational Technology. Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy. 44 (7), 634-641. Reprinted in B. C. Bruce (Ed.). Literacy in the information age: Inquiries into meaning making with new technologies. (pp. 116-127). Newark, DE: International Reading Association.

Mishra, P., & Koehler, M. J. (2002). Art from randomness. How Inverso uses chance to create haiku. Interactive Multimedia Electronic Journal of Computer Enhanced Learning. Retrieved October 2, 2004 from http://imej.wfu.edu/articles/2002/1/03/index.asp

Mishra, P. & Brewer, W. F. (2003) Theories as a form of mental representation and their role in the recall of text information. Contemporary Educational Psychology, 28, p.277-303.

Koehler, M. J., Mishra, P., Hershey, K., & Peruski, L. (2004). With a little help from your students: A new model for faculty development and online course design. Journal of Technology and Teacher Education, 12(1), 25-55.

Mishra, P., & Koehler, M. J. (in press). Technological Pedagogical Content Knowledge: A new framework for teacher knowledge. Teachers College Record.

Mishra, P. & Koehler, M. J. (in press). Taking a byte out of design: Fostering design thinking on the first day of class. Teachers College Record.

Koehler, M.J., & Mishra, P. (in press). Teachers learning technology by design. Journal of Computing in Teacher Education.

Hershey, K., Mishra, P., & Altermatt, E. (in press). All or nothing: Levels of sociability of a pedagogical software agent and its impact on student perceptions and learning. Journal Educational Multimedia and Hypermedia.

Mishra, P. (in press). Affective feedback from computers and its effect on perceived ability and affect: A test of the computers as social actors hypothesis. Journal of Educational Multimedia and Hypermedia.

Mishra, P., Hershey, K. & Cavanaugh, S. (in press) Teachers, Learning Theories & Technology. To appear in M. Girod & J. Steed (Eds.), Technology in the college classroom. Stillwater, Oklahoma: New Forums Press.

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