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Author: Daniel C. Edelson

Daniel C. Edelson is an Associate Professor at Northwestern University with joint appointments in the School of Education & Social Policy and the Department of Computer Science. He teaches courses in the Computer Science Department and School of Education and Social Policy on the design and use of curriculum and educational software.  

Dr. Edelson conducts research on the design of software, curriculum materials, and teacher professional development to support inquiry learning.  Trained as a computer and cognitive scientist, Dr. Edelson develops and studies software and curricula that are informed by contemporary research on learning, motivation, and social/cultural dynamics.  Since 1992, he has directed a series of projects exploring the use of technology as a catalyst for pedagogical reform in science education. As part of that research, he has led the development of a number software environments including: My World, a geographic information system for inquiry-based learning; WorldWatcher, a data visualization and analysis system for gridded geographic data; and the Progress Portfolio, an inquiry-support tool.  He has also developed numerous inquiry-based science curriculum units for Earth and environmental science courses for students from middle school through college.

He received his Ph.D. in Computer Science (Artificial Intelligence) from Northwestern University and his B.S. in Engineering Sciences (Electrical) from Yale University. 


Publication period start: 1996
Number of co-authors: 9


Number of publications with favourite co-authors
Andrew E. Johnson
Thomas G. Moher
Yongjoo Cho

Productive Colleagues

Most productive colleagues in number of publications
Louis M. Gomez
Andrew E. Johnson
Thomas G. Moher


Johnson, Andrew E., Moher, Thomas G., Cho, Yongjoo, Edelson, Daniel C., Russell, Eric (2004): Learning science inquiry skills in a virtual field. In Computers & Graphics, 28 (3) pp. 409-416. https://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.cag.2004.03.008

Loh, Ben, Radinsky, Josh, Russell, Eric, Gomez, Louis M., Reiser, Brian J., Edelson, Daniel C. (1998): The Progress Portfolio: Designing Reflective Tools for a Classroom Context. In: Karat, Clare-Marie, Lund, Arnold, Coutaz, Joëlle, Karat, John (eds.) Proceedings of the ACM CHI 98 Human Factors in Computing Systems Conference April 18-23, 1998, Los Angeles, California. pp. 627-634. https://www.acm.org/pubs/articles/proceedings/chi/274644/p627-loh/p627-loh.pdf

Edelson, Daniel C., Pea, Roy D., Gomez, Louis M. (1996): The Collaboratory Notwbook. In Communications of the ACM, 39 (4) pp. 32-33.

Johnson, Andrew E., Moher, Thomas G., Cho, Yongjoo, Edelson, Daniel C., Reiser, Brian J. (2002): 6th Graders "doin' science" - Collecting Data and Looking for Patterns in a Virtual Field. In: VR 2002 , 2002, . pp. 281-282. https://csdl.computer.org/comp/proceedings/vr/2002/1492/00/14920281abs.htm