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AREAS OF INTEREST

I am intrigued by the theoretical aspects of education and the research that supports it, within the context of educational technology, educational psychology and distance learning. Specifically, my interests are in educational technology and instructional design, focusing on the developmental principles and content of educational websites.

My areas of major interest are:

  • Education in a Computer-based Learning Environment
  • Learning style assessment
  • Distance Learning / E-learning
  • Curriculum Development and Instruction
  • Information Warehousing
  • Cyber-Ethics
  • 3D Learning Tools and Game Design


CURRENT RESEARCH PROJECTS

  • A survey of the freshman and junior populations at over 30 university campuses, as well as the college Admissions, Computer Science, and Mathematics departments for their needs, wants, and requirements from a college preparatory computer science curriculum.

    This exploratory study is investigating the current entry level computer skill standards of 30 colleges and universities to provide direction for specific K-12 curricular development, and to continue work within the context of the larger goals of Minnesota's Digital Learning Plan, the national No Child Left Behind, and the International Society for Technology in Education's Foundational Standards. Data collected from online survey forms and telephone interviews is being analyzed, emergent themes identified, and a model of common entry level standards created. Preliminary results suggest entry level computer skills include general computer skills (menus, shut down, reboot, etc.); file management skills (navigation, organize, delete, etc.); word processing (edit, format, save, etc.); printing (format, management, etc.); and, Internet navigation and search skills (navigation, information retrieval, etc.). Recommendations for overcoming curricular adaptation barriers and instruction will be offered, and future research opportunities identified to ensure that technology curriculums are both efficient and supportive of engaged learning.

  • Digital Learning and Instructional Design: focusing on the developmental principles of educational game design, and gender role theory. Specifically, I am currently completing a literature review addressing the following general questions:

    "How do gender patterns affect students' approaches to designing and/or playing digital learning games, and what do they learn from these games?"

    This is intended to dovetail with the 2007 National Educational Technology Standards (NETS) which includes skills in "digital game design" as part of its Profile for Technology Literate Students (Grades 9-12), and is in accord with ISTE's Essential Conditions.

  • Additional Research Projects:

  • East Asian History and Culture - focusing on Japanese sword history, restoration and preservation. Specifically, the book I am currently writing relates to the anatomy of tsuka-maki by describing and graphing the historical, cultural, and physical aspects of thirty different styles of tsuka.

    In addition, my two previously published books, Ancient Japanese Swords and Fittings, and, Across the Spectrum: Historical Trends in Japanese Lacquer-ware, are scheduled to be republished in ebook formats in February and March of 2010, repectively. Ancient Japanese Swords and Fittings Across the Spectrum
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SURVEYS AND EVALUATION FORMS

  • College Survey Form
    This is an online survey for college faculty, staff, students, and administrators as part of an academic research project about the relationships between Universities and High School computer science curricula.
  • High School Survey Form
    This is an online survey for high school faculty, staff, students, and administrators as part of an academic research project about the relationships between Universities and High School computer science curricula.
  • Course Evaluation Form
    This is an online evaluation form for web-based computer courses taught at Marshall School, Duluth. It includes questions about student demographics, webpage layout, navigation and course content.
  • Game Evaluation Form
    This is an online evaluation for games created in Intermediate Programming - 3D Game Design at Marshall School, Duluth.

LEARNING STYLE ASSESSMENT TOOLS

  • Gregorc Style Delineator
    The Gregorc Style Delineator Instrument is designed to reveal two types of mediation abilities: perception and ordering. Perception abilities, comprised of abstractness and concreteness, are means through which one grasps information; ordering abilities, composed of sequence and randomness, indicate arrangement, systematization, reference and disposition of information.
  • Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale
    The Wechsler intelligence tests, which include the WAIS, the WISC, and the WPPSI (Wechsler preschool and primary scale of intelligence), are the most widely used intelligence assessments and among the most widely used neuropsychological assessments.
  • Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI)
    The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator assessment is a psychometric questionnaire designed to identify certain psychological differences according to the typological theories of Carl Gustav Jung
  • Swassing/Barbe Modality Index (SBMI)
  • Learning-styles-online.com - http://www.learning-styles-online.com/
    Resource for current research and reviews of learning style assessment tools.
  • An Inventory of Thomas L. Buck's Learning Styles & Cognitive Abilities (WAIS-R, INTJ, CR, FI, VM)
    For the benefit of participants in the LS/CA assessment study.


DISTANCE LEARNING RESEARCH JOURNALS

  • Educational Technology & Society http://www.ifets.info/
    Official peer-reviewed Journal of the International Forum of Educational Technology and Society and the IEEE Learning Technology Task Force
  • Australian Journal of Educational Technology http://www.ascilite.org.au/ajet/ajet.html
    A refereed academic journal publishing research and review articles in edtech, instructional design, and teaching with computers, communications and other technologies.
  • Journal of Asychronous Learning Networks (JALN) http://www.sloan-c.org/publications/jaln/index.asp
    Published on-line, twice a year, by Vanderbilt University for the ALN Center. Consists of articles that explore various policies, strategies and models of asynchronous online learning.
  • e-JIST http://www.usq.edu.au/electpub/e-jist/
    The e-Journal of Instructional Science and Technology (e-JIST) is an International peer-reviewed electronic journal. The Journal is a multi-faceted publication with content likely to be of interest to policy makers, managers, investors, professional staff, technical staff, and academics within education and training.
  • T.H.E. Journal Online: Technology Horizons in Education - http://www.thejournal.com/
    THE Online is the leading Technology based education publication for K-12 and higher education. T.H.E. Online contains information, research, news and activities related to the use of educational technology.
  • Technology-based Education http://www.andrew.cmu.edu/user/berget/education.html
    Professor Peter B. Berget's technology-based education publications (articles).
  • The World Almanac on Educational Technology (WAET) http://www.waet.uga.edu/
    A web-based book on how technology is being used in the schools around the world. The goal of the site is have a chapter on each country in the world.
  • Media & Methods Magazine http://media-methods.com
    Resource for reviews of and directories of educational technology, multimedia products and programs for K-12 school districts.
  • Educational Technology Review (ETR) http://www.aace.org/pubs/etr/
    Subscription-based electronic publication of AACE--Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education. Geared to help teachers integrate technology into their classroom on a daily basis.
  • Electronic School http://www.electronic-school.com/
    A technology magazine for K-12 school leaders, published from 1987 to 2002 as a print and online supplement to American School Board Journal, in cooperation with ITTE: Education Technology Programs, a program of the National School Boards Association. This site will remain available as a resource for educators
  • eSchool News http://www.eschoolnews.com/
    Monthly newspaper developed to provide news and information necessary to help K-12 decision-makers use technology and the Internet to transform schools and achieve educational goals.
  • Converge Magazine http://www.convergemag.com/
    Technology issues in education are covered in this monthly publication.

SELECT SCHOLARLY CONTRIBUTIONS (click here to request a complete list)

Refereed Publications
  • Buck, T. L. (2008). Technology literacy recommendations: A review of common college and university entry level standards. Accepted for publication in Journal of Research on Technology in Education.
  • Buck, T. L. (2006). Jewish roots of Freemasonry. Scottish Rite Journal, v114, n4, pp. 6-8.
  • Buck, T. L. (2004). An investigation of field dependence - independence and cognitive abilities in a nonlinear distance learning environment. Dissertation, Walden University.
  • Buck, T. L. (1999). The traditional Japanese urushi techniques, Conservation of Urushi Objects, Postprints of the International Symposium on the Conservation of and Restoration of Cultural Property 1999, Tokyo, National Research Institute of Cultural Properties, Tokyo, p. 206.
  • Buck, T. L. (1996). Development of a self-administered efficiency evaluation and an informal learning style assessment tool (Masters thesis, Portland State University, 1996). Masters Abstracts International, 57, Z5055.
  • Buck, T. L. (1994). Saya lacquering - How to put on a mirror finish. Colorado Token Kai Quarterly, v4, n1, pp. 10-14.
  • Buck, T. L. (1993). Tsuka-maki, the art of Japanese sword restoration. Colorado Token Kai Quarterly, v1, n1, pp. 3-8.
  • Buck, T. L., Bonney, C. (1987). Jefferson County Needs Assessment. Wheat Ridge, CO: Seniors' Resource Center, Inc.
  • Buck, T. L. (1984). The historical significance of the Paris Commune of 1871. The Historian: History Honor Society Memoirs, 25(7), pp. 22-34.
  • Buck, T. L. (1983). The historical classification and general construction of the samurai sword. The Middle States Historical Journal, v32 (Apr. 1983), 341-352.

Presentations and Workshops

  • Buck, T.L. (2007). Learning AP Computer Science with different programming interfaces: Starlogo TNG vs. 3D Game Studio, presented to the Department of Education at University of Minnesota, Duluth.
  • Buck, T.L. (2007). Comparative world religions: Judaism and Budhism, a workshop presented at the Minnesota Association of Independent Schools (MAIS) meeting, Golden Valley, MN.
  • Buck, T.L. (2006). Tablet PC's in the classroom, a workshop presented at the Minnesota Association of Independent Schools (MAIS) meeting, Golden Valley, MN.
  • Buck, T. L. (2004). An investigation of field dependence - independence and cognitive abilities in a nonlinear distance learning environment. Paper presented at the annual National Educational Computing Conference (NECC), New Orleans, LA.
  • Buck, T. L. (2003). Web page design and development using Macromedia Dreamweaver Web authoring software, a one day workshop for educators, presented at Marshall School, Duluth, MN.
  • Buck, T. L. (2000). Teacher training and the integration, design, and use of on-line interactive multimedia encyclopedias: A case study. Paper presented at the annual conference of National Education Computing Consortium, Atlanta GA.
  • Buck, T. L. (2000). The development of multimedia presentation software: Microsoft PowerPoint, a one day workshop for educators, presented at Marshall School, Duluth, MN.
  • Buck, T. L. (1999). A comparative study of the distance learning programs at Portland State University and Portland Community College, paper presented at the Walden University Student Symposium on Distance Learning, University of Indiana, Bloomington.
  • Buck, T. L. (1998). Imaging devices such as Scanners, Digital Cameras and Graphics Design, a one day workshop for educators, presented at Marshall School, Duluth, MN.
  • Buck, T. L. (1998). Development of a modular nonlinear distance learning environment. Paper presented at the Walden University Student Symposium on Distance Learning, University of Indiana, Bloomington.
  • Buck, T. L. (1995). CIM/CAM - Oregon's High School graduation requirements, a one day workshop for public school educators, presented at Dexter McCarty Middle School, Gresham, OR.
  • Buck, T. L. (1995). CIM/CAM/Diploma implementation and integration, a two day workshop for Portland public school educators, presented at the Career Symposium & Education Fair, Portland State University, OR.
  • Buck, T. L. (1989). EMR learning environment relationships - A case study. Paper presented at the Colorado Symposium on Special Education, University of Colorado, Denver.
  • Buck, T. L. (1989). Tsuka-maki: An applied art, a one day workshop presented at the Denver Art Museum.
  • Buck, T. L. (1983). The historical classification and general construction of the samurai sword. Paper presented at the Regional Meeting of the Minnesota Phi Alpha Theta chapters, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis.

Editorial/Reviewer Projects

  • Reviewer for American Educational Research Association (AERA) 2008 Annual Meeting Presentations:
  • Recalde, X .; Lockard, J. (2007). Technology Integration and Cognition. Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL.
  • Williams, D. (2007) The Design of a Game Management System to Facilitate Formative Assessment in a Game-based Learning Environment. University of Louisiana at Lafayette, LA.
  • Shin, Eui-Kyung (2007). The Teacher's Role When Working With GIS Technology: A Case Study. Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL.
  • Fyle,C. O.; Dennen, V. P.; Olina, Z. (2007). The Effects of Field Dependent/ Independent Style Awareness on Learning Strategies and Outcomes. Florida State University, FL.
  • Choi, I.; Lee, S. J.; Hong, Yi-Chun (2007). The Role That Students' Learning Styles Plays in Complex Problem Solving Over Time while Implementing a Case-Based E-Learning Environment in a Lecture-Oriented Anesthesiology Class. The University of Georgia, Athens, GA.
  • Frank Achtenhagen, F.; Winther, E. (2007). Designing Computer-based Learning Environments between Authenticity and Didactical Vividness. University of Goettingen, Germany.
  • Zucker, T. A.; Moody, A. K.; Mckenna, M. C. (2007). The Influence of Electronic Books on Literacy and Language Outcomes for PK-4: A Meta-Analytic Review. University of North Carolina - Wilmington.
  • Wainess, R. (2007). Advancing the State of the Art in Computer-Based Assessment. UCLA/National Center for Research on Evaluation, Standards, and Student Testing: CRESST.
  • Editorial Reviewer for Prentice Hall Secondary Education Division (1/94 - 1/96)
  • Editorial Reviewer for W.M. Hawley Library Press (6/91 - 1/95)
  • Editorial Reviewer for Colorado Token Kai Quarterly (8/87 - 1/94)

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

University of Minnesota, Duluth
University of Colorado, Denver
Portland State University
Walden University
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