Bernard Gifford

Bernard Gifford's research interests include theories of computer-mediated, collaborative learning; the impact of networking and communications technologies on student learning activities and teacher pedagogical practices; the behavior of organizations during periods of rapid technological change; and the changing political economy of U.S. higher education. Current research focuses on how standards-based, computer-mediated learning materials can reduce the achievement gap between mainstream students and students who traditionally have not been well served by conventional classrooms. His numerous books include Policy Perspectives on Educational Testing (1993) and Employment Testing: Linking Policy and Practice (with L. Wing, 1993). He is completing his latest book, on bureaucratic, policy, and technological barriers to effective use of technology-mediated instruction in universities. Recent publications include Using Technology to Advance Educational Equity (2002); "The Probability Inquiry Environment: A Collaborative, Inquiry-Based Simulation Environment" (with P. Vahey et al., 2000); and "Ready for Learning: A Mandate for American Higher Education" (with R. Shore, 1999). He currently heads the Distributed Learning Workshop, a nonprofit educational software collaborative that is developing standards-based, computer-mediated instructional materials in math. As dean of Berkeley's School of Education from 1983-89 he launched the school's expanded commitment to research and collaboration. He was the faculty director of the Joint Doctoral Program in Leadership for Educational Equity (EdD).

Interests and Professional Affiliations

Assessment and Educational Measurement

Computer-Mediated Learning

Curriculum Development

Development of Professional Learning Communities

Educational Equity

Experimental Design In Education

High School Reform

Information Technology


Mathematics Education


Policy Analysis and Evaluation

Politics of School Structure and Governance

Professional Development for Educators

Reform Issues

School Data Analysis

School-University Collaboration

Science Education


Technology and Schools


Urban Leadership


Ph.D., University of Rochester, Biophysics