Jonassen, David

By Sherilyn Richardson


Information from David Jonassen

  • Professor of Education at the University of Missouri
  • published 26 books and many articles, papers, and reports on technology and learning
  • works with constructing design models and problem solving
  • advises that computer technology be used to engage learners in reflective, critical thinking about the ideas, helping them to construct their knowledge (create a learning environment)
  • recommends computers be used as Mindtools to help students build models to interpret and organize personal knowledge 
  • Mindtools allow the mind to work smarter and focus on higher level thinking much like hand tools allow muscles to work more efficiently
  • advocates student centered problem-based learning

Learning Environment Design

Jonassen, D. H. (n.d.). Retrieved from
Fulgham, S., & Shaughnessy, M. (2005). Q & a with ed tech leaders. ET Interiew, Retrieved from
Jonassen, D. H. (2006). Modeling with technology: mindtools for conceptual change. Columbus, OH: Pearson Education.