STEM - Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics in Education


26 & 27 November 2010 - Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia

Professor Richard Lesh

leshRichard Lesh is currently the Rudy Distinguished Professor of Learning Sciences at Indiana University where he was the original Chair of Learning Sciences and Director of the Center for Research on Technology in Education.  Formerly, he was the R. B. Kane Distinguished Professor of Education & Engineering at Purdue University – where he also was the Dean for Research in Education, and Director of Purdue’s School Mathematics and Science Center. From 1989 to 1995, he was one of two Principal Scientists for Research at the USA’s Educational Testing Service in Princeton, where he was also the Director of the Center on Technology and Assessment; and, from 1971 to 1984, he was a Professor of Mathematics and Education at Northwestern University, where he also was the Dean for Research in Education from 1979 to 1984.  From 1984 to 1999, he was the Director for Mathematics and Science Instruction at the World Institute for Computer Assisted Teaching (WICAT). 


Richard was a founding member of the first Executive Committee for the professional organization Psychology of Mathematics Education (PME); and, he was the co-founder of the North American Branch of PME – as well as being the co-founder of the Research Pre Sessions associated with the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM).


As an aside… he has been a basketball player, a football player, a tap dancer, a blues and bluegrass harmonica player, a dabbler in graphic arts, an enthusiastic cook (whose sourdough is older than his children), and a reasonably competent player of didgeridoos.  Most importantly, he is the grandfather of Kira Lesh, who is a 4-years old living in Darwin Australia.


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