Robert C. Anderson Memorial Award 2008
Minchi Kim, educational psychology and instructional technology, explored the use of technology in Web-based learning environments at several educational levels. As a doctoral candidate, Kim studied how middle-school students use the Web to learn about general science; in much of her postdoctoral work, she investigated how high-school students learn chemistry by means of Web-based simulations. During her first semester at Purdue University, Kim led a research team in studying how physics graduate students develop physics-teaching skills through the use of a Web-based video analysis tool. Kim’s body of research provides insights for educators about the ways in which students—ranging from the relatively naive to the sophisticated—identify, explore, and solve scientific problems in Web-based learning environments.