Stephen Thomson Kerr
122 Miller Hall
Telephone: (206) 685-7562
Fax: (206) 685-9094
Education (Educational Communication and Technology)
Sociology; concurrently received: Certificate of the Russian Institute
A.B. cum laude,
Slavic Languages and Literatures; concurrently received: Certificate in Russian Studies
Professor of Education, 1985- , College of Education; Associate Dean for Academic Programs, 2002-2006; Chair, Area of Curriculum and
Instruction, 1987-90, 2000-02; Associate
Dean for Professional Programs, 1990-1992; Affiliate Professor, Russian, East European and Central Asian
1980-85 Teachers College,
Associate Professor, 1980-85; tenured, 1983; Chairman,
Department of Communication, Computing, and Technology in Education, 1983-85; Associate Faculty, Harriman Institute
for Advanced Study of the
Assistant Professor, 1976-80,
Director, Facilities Utilization Study
1971-73 William H. Sadlier, Inc.,
Managing Editor, Special Products
Instructor, Sociology and Psychology; Counselor
AERA American Educational Research Association; since 1974
Divisions: B (Curriculum), C (Learning and Instruction), G (Social Context), and K (Teacher Education). International Relations Committee, 1980-86, 1991-94 (Chair, 1992-94), 1997-2000. Various executive, committee and referee responsibilities for committees, divisions, and special interest groups.
AECT Association for Educational Communications and Technology; since 1971
Various executive, committee and referee responsibilities for divisions.
ACM Association for Computing Machinery; since 1983
Special Interest Groups: Computer-Human Interaction; Computers and Society; Computer Uses in Education.
CIES Comparative and International Education Society; since 1976
AAASS American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies; since 1967
Affiliated groups (as founding member): Association for Slavic Educational Research, 1992-; Association for the Study of Health and Ethnography in the Former Soviet Union, 2004-
Books, Edited Collections
Kerr, S. T. and Taylor, W. (Eds.) (1985). Social aspects of educational communications and technology. Thematic issue of Educational Communication and Technology Journal, 33(1).
Kerr, S. T. (Ed.) (1994.) The alternative pedagogical press. Thematic issue of Russian Education and Society, 36(1).
Kerr, S. T. (Ed.)
(1996). Technology and the future of
schooling: A critical perspective.
95th NSSE Yearbook, Part 1.
Generalists vs. specialists. (1981).
In S.B. Bacharach (Ed.), Organizational behavior in schools (pp.
Innovation on command: Instructional
development and educational technology in the
The distant puzzle: How Soviet citizens learn
about the world. (1985). In E. Gumbert (Ed.), A world of strangers:
International education in the US, Russia, Britain, and India (pp.
Transition from page to screen. (1986).
In S. Lambert and S. Ropiequet (Eds.), CD-ROM: The new papyrus (pp. 321- 344).
Pale screens: Teachers and electronic
texts. (1989). In P. Jackson and S. Haroutunian-Gordon
(Eds.), From Socrates to software: The teacher as text and the text as teacher (pp.
202-223). 88th NSSE Yearbook, Part
Joint demonstration centers for educational
reform. (1989.) In S. Serfaty (Ed.), The future of US-Soviet
relations: Twenty American initiatives for a new agenda (pp.
published separately as FPI Policy Brief No. 10, November,
1988; abstracted in US-Soviet relations: An agenda for the future (pp. 25-26). FPI Policy Briefs: A report to the 41st
President of the
Alternative technologies as textbooks and the
social imperatives of educational change.
(1990). In D.L. Elliott & A.
Woodward (Eds.), Textbooks and schooling in the United States (pp.
194-221). 89th NSSE Yearbook, Part
Debate and controversy in Soviet higher
education reform: Reinventing a system.
(1992). In J. Dunstan (Ed.), Soviet
education under Perestroika (pp. 146-163).
Vladimir Fedorovich Matveev: Story about a real
man. In T. Matveeva, Ed. (1992).
Vladimir Fedorovich Matveev (pp. 58-61).
[Abridged form published as: Один -- и за правду. [One man--and for the right]. (
Diversification in Russian
education. (1994.) In T. Jones (Ed.), Education and society in the new
Russia (pp. 47-74).
Visions of sugar plums: The
future of technology, education, and the schools. (1996).
In S. T. Kerr (Ed.) Technology
and the future of schooling: A critical perspective. 95th NSSE Yearbook. Part 1.
Reprinted in Early, M. J., & Rehage, K. J. (Eds.) (1999).
Issues in curriculum: A selection of chapters from past NSSE
Yearbooks. 98th NSSE Yearbook (pp.
169-197). Part II.
K., and Kerr, S. T. (1996). Funding Educational Technology: Patterns, Plans, and Models. In S. T. Kerr (Ed.) Technology and the future of schooling: A
critical perspective. 95th NSSE
Yearbook, Part 1.
Technology and the future of
schooling: Some final questions. (1996).
In S. T. Kerr (Ed.) Technology
and the future of schooling: A critical perspective. 95th NSSE Yearbook, Part 1.
Toward a sociology of
educational technology. (1996.) In D. Jonassen (Ed.), Handbook of Research on Educational
Identifying and applying
best practices in educational technology to information outreach efforts for
medical personnel. (1997). In Measuring the Difference: Guide to Planning
and Evaluating Health Information Outreach.
Old technologies in new
contexts: Print media and Russian
education. (2000). In. A. DeVaney, S. Gance, & Y. Ma (Eds.),
and resistance: Decentralized communications and new coalitions around the
world (pp. 89-111).
the center cannot hold: The devolution
and evolution of power, authority, and responsibility in Russian
education. (2000). In T. S. Popkewitz (Ed.), Educational
knowledge: Changing relationships
between the state, civil society, and the educational community.
and the quality of teachers' professional work: Redefining what it means to be
an effective educator. (2000). In C. Dede (Ed.), 2000 state educational technology
conference papers (pp. 103-120).
and educational technology. (2003). In Jonnasen, D. (Ed.) Handbook
of Research for Educational Communications and Technology. 2nd ed.
change and the fate of
experimental tradition in Russian education.
(2005). In B. Eklof, L. E.
Holmes, & V. Kaplan (Eds.), Educational
reform in post-Soviet Russia: Legacies and prospects (pp. 102-128). (
Canning, M., & Kerr, S. (2004). Russia: Struggling with the aftermath. In I. Rotberg (Ed.), Balancing change and tradition in global education reform (pp. 21-51). Lanham, MD: ScarecrowEducation Rowman & Littlefield. (Update in press, 2009)
Monographs, Reports, Databases
The diffusion and implementation of an instructional-development function for learning resources specialists in public schools: A study in role consensus. (1975). Doctoral dissertation, University of Washington. Abstracted in: Dissertation Abstracts International, 1976, 772-A, No. 76-17,527.
educators: Efficiency, power, and the medical analogy. (December, 1979). Final Report.
NIE Program on Educational Policy and Organization. Grant No.
Videotex screen design and wayfinding systems. (July, 1984). Final report. IBM Research Division Contract No. 454015. (Television Information Systems.) 8 pp. + 216 videotex frames.
Empirical tests of videotex wayfinding aids. (October, 1985). Final report. IBM Research Division Contract No. 466014. (Distributed Information Systems.) 94 pp.
Rapid mass frame creation strategies. (November, 1985). Final report. IBM Research Division Contract No. 466114. (Distributed Information Systems.) 100 pp. + 1273 videotex frames.
Kerr, S. T., & Baker, L. (November, 1993). School-Wide Systems for
Curriculum-Referenced, Computer-Assisted Instruction. Final Report CFDA 84.215D.
Kerr, S. T., & Sahlberg,
P. (1994). Curriculum and curriculum change in the
schools of the Russian Federation. In S.
Heyneman et al., Russian Education in the Transition -- Final Report.
Russian - Soviet Education Reform Database. (August, 1989 - present). Database on the reform movement; contents: 4000 individuals, major organizations, events, 1987 to date. Notebook II/Notebuilder format.
Canning, M., Bentley, M.,
Canning, M., Bentley, M., Vasil'ev, K., Godfrey, M.,
Kerr, S., Creighton, J., Markov, A., Frumin, I., & Holtzer, D. (2004).
Модернизация российского образования: Достижения и уроки. (The
modernization of Russian education: Achievements and lessons.)
Recent Soviet research on instructional television. (1976). Educational Media International, 3, 17-21.
Are there instructional developers in the schools? A sociological look at the development of a profession. (1977). AV Communication Review, 25, 243-267.
Change in education and the future role of the educational communications consultant. (1978). Educational Communication and Technology Journal, 26, 153-164.
Consensus for change in the role of the learning resources specialist: Order and position differences. (1978). Sociology of Education, 51, 304-323.
How teachers design their materials: Implications for instructional design. (1981). Instructional Science, 10, 363-378.
Soviet interest groups and policy making in higher education. (1982). Slavic and European Education Review, 1, 1-12.
Appropriate technology for education in developing countries. (1982). Programmed Learning and Educational Technology, 19(3), 228-233.
Assumptions futurists make: Technology and the approach of the millennium. (1982). Futurics, 6(3&4), 6-11.
Innovation on command: Instructional
development and educational technology in the
Inside the black box: Making design decisions for instruction. (1983). British Journal of Educational Technology, 14(1), 45-58.
Teacher specialization and the growth of a bureaucratic profession. (1983). Teachers College Record, 84(3), 629-651.
Videotex at the street level: Public acceptance
of viewdata services in
Asking new questions about technology and the social world of education. (1985). (Introduction to thematic issue of) Educational Communication and Technology Journal, 33(1), 3-8.
Referral in education and medicine: How Professionals routinize contact in bureaucratic settings. (1985). Work and Occupations, 12(2), 416-436.
Videotex and education: Current developments in screen design, data structure, and access control. (1985). Machine-mediated learning, 1(3), 217-253.
Instructional computing in the
Learning to use electronic text: An agenda for research on typography, graphics, and interpanel navigation. (1986). Information Design Journal, 4(3), 206-211.
Instructional text: The transition from page to screen. (1986). Visible Language, 20(4), 368-392.
Soviet applications of microcomputers in education: Developments in research and practice during the Gorbachev era. (1987). Journal of Educational Computing Research, 3(1), 1-17.
Betts, W., Burlingame, D., Fischer, G., Foley, J., Green, M., Kasik, D., Kerr, S., Olsen, D., & Thomas, J. (1987). Goals and objectives for user interface software. Computer Graphics, 21(2), 73-78.
The Soviet reform of higher education. (1988). The Review of Higher Education, 11(3), 215-246.
Efficiency and satisfaction in videotex database production. (1989). Behaviour and Information Technology, 8(1), 57-63.
Reform in Soviet and American education: Parallels and contrasts. (1989, September). Phi Delta Kappan, 71(1), 19-28.
(Excerpts translated as: Американцы о нашем союзе учителей [Americans on our Union of Teachers]. (1990) Перемена [Change (Journal of the Creative Union of Teachers)], 2, 27.
Eastmond, N. J., & Kerr, S. T. (1989). French and Soviet experiments in computer literacy: Parallels and contrasts. Educational Technology: Research and Development, 37(4), 81-91.
Technology, teachers, and the search for school reform. (1989). Educational Technology: Research and Development, 37(4), 5-17.
The Soviet "Conception of the Informatization of Education". (1990). Journal of Computer-Based Instruction, 17(1), 1-7.
Wayfinding in an electronic database: The relative importance of navigational cues and mental models. (1990). Information Processing and Management, 26(4), 511-523.
Technology : Education : : Justice : Care. (1990). Educational Technology, 30(11), 7-12.
Will "glasnost'" lead to "perestroika"? Directions for educational reform in the USSR. (1990). Educational Researcher, 19(7), 26-31.
Educational technology is not about technology. (1990). Journal of Thought, 25(1-2), 19-33.
(Translated as: Информационные технологии в образовании и реформа школы [Information technologies in education and school reform]. (1993). Информатика и образование [Informatics and Education], 5, 117-122.)
Educational reform and technological change:
Computer literacy in the
Lever and fulcrum: Educational technology in teachers' thinking. (1991). Teachers College Record, 93(1), 114-136.
Beyond dogma: Teacher education in the
Uvarov, A. Iu., Prussakova, A. A., & Kerr, S. T. (1992.) The International Telecommunication Project in the Schools of Moscow (Russia) and New York State (USA). Educational Technology: Research and Development, 40(4), 111-118.
Alternative technologies and social studies textbooks. (1992/93). Publishing Research Quarterly, 8(4), 33-43.
Introduction to the Russian alternative pedagogical press. (1994). Russian Education and Society, 36(1), 4-8..
Судьбы «Американской мечты» в Американской школе [The fates of the "American Dream" in American schools] (1994). Этика успеха [Ethics of Success], 2, 106-115.
Davydov, V.V. (1995). The influence of Lev Vygotsky on theory, research, and practice in education [translation and annotation]. Educational Researcher, 24(3), 12-21
Why Does Everyone Cite Vygotsky? The role of theoretical psychology in Russian education reform. (1997) [published 1/99]. East/West Education, 18(2), 162-175.
Carroll, J. M., Choo, C. W., Dunlap, D. R., Isenhour, P. L., Kerr, S. T., MacLean, A., & Rosson, M. B. (2003). Knowledge management support for teachers. Educational Technology: Research and Development, 51(4), 42-64.
Why we all want it to work: Toward a culturally based model for technology and educational change. (2005). British Journal of Educational Technology, 36(6), 1005-1016.
The modernization of Russian education: Can technology support radical educational reform? [Under review.]
Book Reviews, Commentaries, Replies, Brief Reviews
(Review of) The Soviet scholar-bureaucrat: M.N. Pokrovskii and the Society of Marxist Historians, by G.M. Enteen. (1981). Slavic and European Education Review, 1, 39-41.
(Review of) Studying teaching and learning: Trends in Soviet and American research, edited by B.R. Tabachnick, T.S. Popkewitz, and B.B. Szekely. (1982). Comparative Education Review, 26(3), 477-79.
(Review of) Orality and literacy: The technologizing of the word, by W. Ong. (1984). Theology Today, 41(3), 346-354.
(Review of) Human interests in the curriculum: Teaching and learning in a technological society, by R.V. Bullough, Jr., S.L. Goldstein, and L. Holt. (1985). Teachers College Record, 87(2), 283-286.
(Review of) Teachers and machines: The classroom use of technology since 1920, by L. Cuban. (1987). Teachers College Record, 88(3), 457-460.
(Review of) Time wars: The fundamental conflict in human history, by J. Rifkin. (1988). Teachers College Record, 90(2), 307-309.
(Discussion) Influence of research on screen design. (1989). Computers in Human Behavior, 5(3), 195-197.
There are no ends, only means: Reply to P. David Mitchell, "The future of educational technology is past." (1989). Canadian Journal of Educational Communication, 18(2), 143-145.
Three questions for educational technologists. (1989, Winter). Research and Theory: AECT-RTD Newsletter, 13(3), 3-4.
Annual Survey of Events: The
(Review of) The people's universities of the USSR, by D. C. Lee. (1990). Journal of Higher Education, 61(4), 468-470.
(Review of) Soviet education under scrutiny, by J. Dunstan. (1990.) Canadian-American Slavic Studies, 24, 344-346.
(Review of) Soviet youth culture, ed. by J. Riordan. (1990). Soviet Union/Union Sovietique, 17(3), 317-318.
Я учусь в Советской школе [I study in a Soviet school]. (1991). Новое Время [New Times], 21(2395), 33-34.
[English version: I study in a Soviet school. (1991). Institute for the Study of Soviet Education Newsletter, 1(1), 10-13.
(Contributor to) The state of the child in the
1990s: Children in schools-- Teachers and technology. (In press.)
Democracy and the free market in the NIS and Eastern Europe. (Spring, 1992). Academy News (Newsletter of the Academy for Educational Development), 15(1), 1-2, 8-9.
(Review of) Soviet youth under Glasnost', by Landon Pearson. (1992). Comparative Education Review, 36(4), 537-540.
Татянье Ивановне Матвеевой [Letter to Tat'iana Ivanovna
Matveeva]. (1992). In T. Matveeva, Ed. (1992). Владимир Федорович Матвеев (Vladimir Fedorovich Matveev) (pp. 56-57).
(Contributing editor) "Media and Technology" section, International Reading Association, Dictionary of Reading and Related Terms (1993 publication date).
Breaking the iron laws of schooling. (1992, December). Report for the Macarthur Foundation.
(Translation of) Soloveichik, S. L. (1992, Winter). Knowledge and dignity: What's ending? What's beginning today in the school? Institute
for Soviet Successor-State Education Newsletter, 2(1), pp. 23-26).
[Originally in Первое сентября [September first],
Путешествие Стива Керра по смелым школам [Steve Kerr's journey to the bold schools]. (1993, November 13, 16, 18). Первое сентября [September first], 82(118), p. 1; 83(119), p. 1; 84(120), p. 1
Russian schools in search of diversity. (1993). ISRE [Institute for the Study of Russian Education] Newsletter, 2(2), 2-5. [Parts reprinted as: Russian schools: The search for new models. (1994, Autumn). REECAS Newsletter [University of Washington], pp. 1, 6.]
Education and civil society in Russia. (1994). Harvard Institute for International Development Forum.
(Review of) Справочник о составе и содержании фондов научного архива АПН СССР [Guide to the organization and contents of the sections of the scientific archive of the USSR Academy of Pedagogical Sciences], by S. G. Stepanov. (1994). East/West Education, 15(2), 208-211.
(Reviews of) School and society in Tzarist and Soviet Russia, by Ben Eklof. (1995). Comparative Education Review, 39(1), 154-156; and (1995). Russian History/Histoire Russe, 22(1), 110-112.
Russian's World: Life and Language, by Genevra Gerhart. (1995).
Америка спорит о стандарте [America argues about standards]. (1995, April 29). Первое сентября [September first], 49(319), p. 2.
Встреча по имени никогда [The meeting that never
was]. (1995). Татьянин день (Альманах Университета РАО) [St.
Tatyana's Day (Almanac of the University of the
(Review of) School and society in Tzarist and Soviet Russia, by Ben Eklof.
(Editor's foreword to) Activity-oriented models of information-based instructional environments. (1996.) In S. T. Kerr (Ed.) Technology and the future of schooling: A critical perspective. 95th NSSE Yearbook, Part 1.
Lessons learned: Western aid to Russian education. (1996). (Meeting notes; conference presentation at AAASS, October, 1995). ISRE [Institute for the Study of Russian Education] Newsletter, 5(1), 1-3.
The new Russian education reform: Back to the future? (1998). ISRE Newsletter, 7(1), 2, 19-21.
Patterns of curricular
change and the role of Western assistance in Russian education reform. (1998).
In Heeding the call: Efforts in curricular and governance reform in
Review of Technology in the schools by Howard Mehlinger. (1998). ISRE Newsletter, 6(1), 29-30.
Взгляд из-за океана [The view from beyond the
ocean], in Frumin, I. D. (1998). Введение
в теорию и практику демократического образования [Introduction to the theory
and practice of democratic education] (p. 4-6).
Values' lasting influence on education [Foreword to] Fishman, L. I. (In press.). Новые методы управления для Российских школ [New administrative methods for Russian schools]. Samara: Institute for Teacher Re-training.
[Preface to] "Professional values and stereotypes of Russian educational managers," by L. Fishman and J. Bamburg. (1998). International Journal of Educational Research, 29(3-4), 393-395.
[Commentary, with Lev Fishman, on] "Global education and school reform in the United States and Russia" (1998-99). International Journal of Social Education 13(2), 105-107.
А может, мы опять открываем Америку? [So maybe we're rediscovering
The National Doctrine of Education in the Russian Federation [Translator]. (1999). ISRE Newsletter, 8(1/2), 5, 16-18.
Model Statute on the Board of Trustees for a State, Municipal General Educational Institution. [Translator]. (1999). ISRE Newsletter, 8(1/2), 7.
Review of Instructional design: International perspectives. Vol. 2. Ed. by S. Dijkstra, N. M. Seel, F. Schott, and R.D. Tennyson. (2000). Comparative Education Review, 44(3), 376-377.
И время за нас не ответит [And time isn't responsible for us (On the events of 9/11/01)] (2001, 15 September). Первое сентября [September first], p. 1.
Review of Structure
and financing of higher education in
[Review of] Culture and Pedagogy (2000), by Robin Alexander (Malden, MA: Blackwell). (2003). Contemporary Psychology, 48(6), 807-809.
инструмент для будущего
[Russian education: Mirror of the past, tool for the future]. (2003).
[Public Education], 7; 31-33. [Part
of symposium organized by
Makhovskaia, O., & Kerr, S. (
Makhovskaia, O., & Kerr, S. (2005). Dva detstva – odin mir [Two childhoods – one world]. Платное образование [Private education], 11(37), 46-48.
Education in late Soviet and post-Soviet Russia. (In press.) In B. F. Adams, (Ed.), Modern Encyclopedia of Russian, Soviet, and Eurasian History. Gulf Breeze, FL: Academic International Press.
Soviet educational system. Post-Soviet educational system. Soviet pedagogy. (All in press.) In K. Evans-Romaine, H. Goscilo, & T. Smorodinskaya (Eds.), Routledge encyclopedia of contemporary Russian culture. New York: Routledge.
Демократы и респубиканцы: Два мира, два взгляда на образование [Democrats and Republicans: Two worlds, two views of education]. Вести образования [News of Education], 15-29 February 2008 [No. 4 (100)], p. 3. (Newspaper article)
Education in late Soviet and post-Soviet Russia. (2008). In Adams, B., Lazzerini, E. J., & Rhyne, G. N. (Eds.) Supplement to the Modern Encyclopedia of Russian, Soviet & Eurasian History (SMERSH), v. 9 (pp. 17-22). Gulf Breeze, FL: Academic International Press.
по-разному [The two
candidates for the American Presidency see the future of education
[News of Education],
Alexander Naumovich Tubel'skii: A thoroughly post-modern principal. (In press.) Russian-American Educational Forum.
Abstracts from Soviet and Eastern European publications; appearing in Educational Technology: Research and Development (formerly ECTJ) as follows: 1982, 30(3), 185; 1982, 30(4), 253; 1983, 31(1); 1983, 31(3), 177-78; 1983, 31(4), 237-8; 1984, 32(1), 51-52; 1984, 32(2), 114-116; 1985, 33(1), 70-71; 1986, 34(2), 106-107; 1990, 38(2), 98-99; 1995, 43(3), 81-85.
Work in Progress
Kerr, S., Froumin, I., Tolstopiatenko, A., Shmis, T., & Vasilev, K. (In process). Technology, pedagogical change, and economic development: The ELSP as a catalyst for educational modernization in the Russian Federation. Washington, DC: World Bank Publications.
Teachers' work: Harnessing technology and knowledge management to create a data-driven model of pedagogical expertise. (In preparation)
Changing the wheel on a moving bicycle: The complexities of embedding a new web-based communication platform for social interaction into a decentralized teacher education program. (In preparation)