Two IUB scholars top contributors to education discourse

January 2, 2012

A new ranking compiled by education researcher and author Rick Hess and published on the Education Week website places two Indiana University School of Education faculty among the top contributors to public debate about education.

Jonathan Plucker, director of the Center for Evaluation and Education Policy and a professor of educational psychology and cognitive science, and Curt Bonk, professor of instructional systems technology, educational psychology and cognitive science and adjunct instructor for the School of Informatics, are listed among the inaugural “Edu-Scholar Public Presence Rankings.” The rankings are on the “Rick Hess Straight Up” blog on the Education Week website.

The rankings are based on measuring the output of articles and academic scholarship, book authorship and book success, and the number of times scholars are cited or quoted on the Web and in print media.

Plucker is 52nd on the list, scoring particularly highly in Google Scholar, blog, and newspaper mentions. Plucker joined the School of Education faculty in 1997 and has headed the Center for Evaluation and Education Policy since 2003. His research focuses on creativity and intelligence, school reform, and talent development. A frequently cited source on these issues, Plucker has appeared on CNN and been quoted in Newsweek among other media outlets in the past couple of years.

Bonk is at 108, scoring highest in Amazon.com rankings, Google Scholar score, and blog mentions. Bonk wrote a comprehensive book on how Web technology is changing worldwide education, “The World Is Open: How Web Technology Is Revolutionizing Education,” published by Jossey-Bass/Wiley. Since joining the faculty in 1992, Bonk has been a prolific presenter, delivering more than 100 talks in 2010 and more than 1,100 presentations on the changing world of education and technology.

The complete list of the rankings is available on the “Straight Up” blog. A further explanation of the rankings themselves is also available on the site.

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