Jianwei Zhang

Studies technology and teaching innovations in the information age

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Jianwei Zhang

Associate Professor
School of Education
Department: Educational Theory and Practice

Technology-supported innovations in learning; knowledge-creating communities

Campus phone: (518) 442-4007
Campus email: jzhang1@albany.edu


Jianwei Zhang's research explores technology-enabled learning designs to engage students in sustained, creative knowledge work across content areas and school years in order to prepare them for 21st century careers. He has conducted research in both North America and China, funded by agencies such as NSF and the Ministry of Education of China. His work demonstrates new possibilities of transforming classrooms into creative communities that engage in dynamic collaboration for sustained idea advancement, supported by new roles of teachers.

Zhang has published widely in both English and Chinese (e.g. Journal of the Learning Sciences, ETR&D) and received a number of awards, including two outstanding article awards from ETR&D. He serves as an Associate Editor of the Journal of the Learning Sciences and a board member for several other leading journals.

He earned his doctorate (educational psychology) from Beijing Normal University. Prior to coming to UAlbany, Zhang had been a postdoctoral fellow at OISE/University of Toronto and a faculty member at Tsinghua University in Beijing.