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WILLIAM PATRICK DICKSON


Michigan State University                                                                                     1045 Rosewood Avenue
Department of Counseling, Educational                                                                  East Lansing, Michigan 48823
Psychology and Special Education                                                                        (517) 353-9272 (secretary)
East Lansing, Michigan   48824                                                                             (517) 355-4737 (office)       
pdickson@msu.edu                                                                                              (517) 353-6393   (fax)      


 

Education

Georgia Institute of Technology, B.S., 1963, Chemistry
Teachers College, Columbia University, M.S., 1968, Science Education
Stanford University, Ph.D., 1974, Psychological Studies in Child Development

Professional Organizations

American Psychological Association
American Educational Research Association
American Association for the Advancement of Science
International Society for Technology in Education
MACUL: Michigan Association of Computer Users in Learning

Professional Experiences

Research Assistant, Stanford University, 6/72-6/74
Research Associate, Stanford University, 6/74-8/76
Associate Director, Cross-Cultural Study of Development of School Readiness, Stanford  University, 6/72-8/76
Visiting Scholar, University of Tokyo, 10/74-8/75
Assistant Professor, University of Wisconsin, 1976-1982
Associate Professor, University of Wisconsin, 1982-1986
Professor, University of Wisconsin, 1987
Faculty Associate, Wisconsin Center for Education Research, 1977-1985
Chairperson, Child and Family Studies, University of Wisconsin, 1985-1987
Chairperson, Department of Counseling, Educational Psychology and Special Education, Michigan State University, 1987-89
Professor, Department of Counseling, Educational Psychology and Special Education, Michigan State University, 1987-present
Coordinator, PhD Program in Learning, Technology,  and Culture, Michigan State University, 2002-present

University Committees

University of Wisconsin-Madison

Data and Computation Center Policy Committee (1978-80)
Cooperative Children's Book Center Advisory Committee (1980-83)
Faculty Senate (1982-84)
Academic Computing Advisory Committee (1982-83)
Madison Academic Computer Center Advisory Committee
Statistical Advisory Committee (1977-78)
Instructional Computing Planning Committee, Chair (1983-84)
Subcommittee on Instructional Computing (1984-85), Chair (1986-87)
Testing and Evaluation Services Advisory Committee (1986-87)
Memorial Library Advisory Committee (1986-87)

Michigan State University

Institute for Children, Youth and Families Director Search Committee Chair (1990-91)
Computers and Writing Ad Hoc Committee (1990-94)
Institute for Children, Youth and Families Internal Advisory Committee (1990-94)
Service and Outreach Technology Committee (1991- 93)
Library Committee (1992-93)
Instructional Computing and Technology Committee (1992- 94; 2004-present)
Academic Computing Network Services Advisory Committee (2004-present)

College of Education Committees

Graduate Education Policies Committee (1991-93)

Department Committees

Personnel Committee (1991-92)
Admissions Committee (1991-93)
Recruitment and Admissions Advisory Committee (1991-93)

State and Community Committees

Michigan Classrooms of Tomorrow Advisory Committee (1989-90)
Michigan Council for Preservice Technology (1990-93)
East Lansing School District Technology Advisory Committee (1991-93)

Honors, Awards, Fellowships

U.S. Office of Education Research Traineeship, Stanford University, 1970-71
Shell Companies Foundation Merit Residency, Stanford University, 1971-72
Japan Society for the Promotion of Science Fellowship, University of Tokyo, 1974-75

 

Journal Articles

Brady,  M. E., & Dickson, W. P. (1983).  A microcomputer communication game for hearing-impaired students.  American Annals of the Deaf, 835-841.

Dickson, W. P., & Vereen, M. A. (1983).  Two students at one microcomputer.  Theory into Practice, 22,  296-300.

Hess, R. D., Holloway, S. D., Dickson, W. P., & Price, G. G. (1984).  Maternal variables as predictors of children's school readiness and later achievement in vocabulary and mathematics in sixth grade.  Child Development, 55, 1902-1912.

Dickson, W. P., Neal, V. A., & Gillingham, M. G. (1984).  A low-cost multimedia microcomputer system for educational research and development.  Educational Technology, 23, 20-22.

Dickson, W. P. (1985).  Thought provoking software:  Juxtaposing symbol systems.  Educational Researcher, 14, 30-38.

Donohue, W. A., Borgh, K., & Dickson, W. P. (1985).  Idealism without illusions:  Challenges to effective use of computers in early childhood education.

Kratochwill, T. R., Doll, E. J., & Dickson, W. P. (1986).  Microcomputers behavioral assessment:  Recent advances and remaining issues.  Computers in Human Behavior, 1,  1-15.

Donohue, W. A., Borgh, K., & Dickson, W. P. (19??).  Computers in early childhood education.  Journal of Research in Childhood Education, 2, (1). 

McDevitt, T. M., Hess, R. D., Kashiwagi, K., Dickson, W. P., Miyake, N., & Azuma, H. (in press).  Referential communication accuracy of mother-child pairs and children's later scholastic achievement:  A follow-up study.  Merrill-Palmer Quarterly.

Peterson, P. L., Clark, C. M., & Dickson, W. P.  (1990).  Educational psychology as a foundation in teacher education:  Reforming an old notion.  Teachers College Record,  91(3), 322-346.

 

Book

Dickson, W. P. (Ed.). (1981).  Children's oral communication skills.  New York:  Academic Press.

 

Chapters in Books

Dickson, W. P. (1981).  Introduction:  Toward an interdisciplinary conception of children's communication abilities.  In W. P. Dickson (Ed.), Children's oral communication skills.  New York:  Academic Press.

Dickson, W. P. (1981).  Referential communication activities in research and in the curriculum:  A meta-analysis.  In W. P. Dickson (Ed.), Children's oral communication skills.  New York:  Academic Press.

Hess, R. D., Price, G. G., Dickson, W. P., & Conroy, M. (1981).  Different roles of mothers and teachers:  Contrasting styles of child care.  In S. Kilmer (Ed.), Advances in early education and day care (Vol. 2).  Greenwich, CT:  Johnson Associates, Inc.

Dickson, W. P. (1982).  Two decades of referential communication research:  A review and meta analysis.  In C. J. Brainerd & M. Pressley (Eds.), Progress in cognitive development research.  Vol. 2.  Verbal processes in children.  New York:  Springer Verlag.

Dickson, W. P. (1982).  Creating a communication-rich classroom.  In L. C. Wilkinson (Eds.), Communicating in the classroom.  New York:  Academic Press.

Hess, R. D., Holloway, S., Price, G. G., & Dickson, W. P. (1982).  Family environments and acquisition of reading skills:  Toward a more precise analysis.  In L. M. Laosa & I. E. Sigel (Eds.), Families as learning environments for children.  New York:  Plenum.

Dickson, W. P. (1983).  Training cognitive strategies for oral communication.  In J. R. Levin & M. Pressley (Eds.), Cognitive strategy research:  Educational applications.  New York:  Springer-Verlag.

Borgh, K., & Dickson, W. P. (1986).  Two preschoolers sharing one microcomputer:  Creating prosocial behavior with hardware and software.  In P. F. Campbell & G. G. Fein (Eds.), Young children and microcomputers:  Conceptualizing the issues.  Virginia:  Reston Publishing.

Kratochwill, T. R., Doll, E. J., & Dickson, W. P. (1991).  Use of computer technology in behavioral assessments.  Chapter to appear in Buros Nebraska Symposium Proceedings

Dickson, W. P., Heeter, C., Rosenberg, M., Gomes, P., & Artzi, I.  (1992).  Exploratory multi-media environments (pp. 155-171).  In  M. Jones and P. H. Winne (Eds.), Adaptive learning environments.  (Proceedings of the NATO Advanced Study Institute on Syntheses of Instructional Science and Computing Science for Effective Instructional Computing Systems, Calgary, Canada, July 15-27, 1990.) New York: Springer-Verlag.

Book Reviews

Dickson, W. P. (1979).  [Review of On college teaching:  A guide to contemporary practices].  Contemporary Psychology, 24, 437.

Dickson, W. P. (1981).  [Review of Understanding educational research].  Contemporary Psychology, 26, 53.

Dickson, W. P. (1983).  Book notice for From 3 to 20:  The Early Training Project by S. W. Gray, B. K. Ramsey, & R. A. Klaus (University Park Press, 1982) in Child Development Abstracts and Bibliography, 57 (3&4).

Dickson, W. P. (1983).  [Review of The abilities and achievements of Orientals in North America].  Contemporary Psychology, 28, 790-791.

Working Papers,Theoretical Papers

Stephenson, G. R., Dickson, W. P., Tsui, P., & Wende, J. L. (1978, May).  SSR keyboard user's manual (Working Paper No. 232).  Wisconsin Research and Development Center, Madison.

Dickson, W. P. (1978, December).  The computer as consultant:  The next generation of statistical computing (Working Paper No. 244).  Wisconsin Research and Development Center, Madison.  (Also in J. T. Soper & C. E. Litton [Eds.], Proceedings of ISSUE '78.  Chicago:  ISSUE, 1981.)

Dickson, W. P., Miyake, N., & Muto, T. (1979, April).  Generalizability of encoding and decoding skills across two referential communication tasks  (Working Paper No. 261).  Wisconsin Research and Development Center, Madison.

Dickson, W. P.,  & Patterson, J. H. (1979, October).  Criteria for evaluating curriculum materials which use referential communication activities to teach speaking and listening skills (Working Paper No. 273).  Wisconsin Research and Development Center, Madison.

Dickson, W. P., & Moskoff, M. (1980, May).  A meta-analysis of studies of referential communica­tion:  A computer-readable literature review (Theoretical Paper No. 83).  Wisconsin Research and Development Center, Madison.

Dickson, W. P., & Bilow, C. (1982).  The microcomputer communication game (Release 5.0 Technical Manual).  Madison:  University of Wisconsin Center for Educational Research.

Dickson, W. P., & Bilow, C. (1982).  The microcomputer communication game:  Typing version (Release 7.1 Technical Manual).  Madison:  University of Wisconsin Center for Educational Research.

Dickson, W. P., Jatnieks, D., & Ellmann, C. (1985).  The Talking Word Processor.  An unpublished microcomputer program.  Madison:  University of Wisconsin Center for Educational Research.

Dickson, W. P., Jatnieks, D., & Ellmann, C. (1985).  Video Browser.  An unpublished micro­computer program.  Madison:  University of Wisconsin Center for Educational Research.

Dickson, W. P. (July, 1986).  Experimental software project:  Final report.  Madison:  University of Wisconsin Center for Educational Research.

Papers Presented at Conferences

Dickson, W. P., & Hess, R. D. (1975, April).  A comparison of mothers and preschool teachers in a referential communication task with four-year-old children.  Paper presented at the meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Washington, DC.

Dickson, W. P., & Hess, R. D. (1975, April).  Referential communication performances of mothers with four-year-old children and the school readiness of the children one year later.  Paper presented at the meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Denver, CO.

Hess, R. D., Dickson, W. P., Price, G. G., & Leong, D. J. (1976, September).  The different functions of parenting and child care:  Some comparisons between mothers and child care workers.  Report on Cross-Cultural Study.

Dickson, W. P., Nagano, S., & Miyake, N. (1976, April).  Cultural and institutional differences in communication styles.  Paper presented at the meeting of the American Educational Research Association, San Francisco, CA.

Dickson, W. P., Miyake, N., & Muto, T. (1976, July).  Obvious and subtle culture-boundedness of analytic and metaphoric encodings of abstract referents.  Paper presented at the Congress of the International Association for the Cross-Cultural Psychology, Tilburg, The Netherlands.

Dickson, W. P. (1978, March).  Referential communication between teacher and child:  Reliability and validity of measures of encoding and decoding effectiveness.  Paper presented at the meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Toronto.

Dickson, W. P. (1978, October).  The computer as consultant:  The next generation of statistical soft­ware.  Paper presented at the meeting of the International Statistical Software Users Exchange, Chicago.

Dickson, W. P. (1979, April).  Measuring oral communication skills.  Paper presented at a preconvention institute at the meeting of the International Reading Association, Atlanta, GA.

Dickson, W. P. (1979, July).  Accuracy versus style of communication in parent-child interaction.  Paper presented at the International Congress of Psychology of the Child, Université René Descartes de Paris, France.

Hess, R. D., Holloway, S., Price, G. G., & Dickson, W. P. (1979, November).  Family environments and the acquisition of reading skills:  Toward a more precise analysis.  Paper presented at the Conference on the Family as a Learning Environment, Educational Testing Service, Princeton, NJ.

Dickson, W. P., Miyake, N., & Muto, T. (1980, April).  Generalizability of encoding decoding skills across two referential communication tasks.  Paper presented at the meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Boston.

Dickson, W. P. (1980, April).  Communication accuracy of father-child versus mother-child pairs.  Paper presented at the meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Boston.

Dickson, W. P. (1980, April).  A computer-controlled interaction game device for teaching and assessing children's speaking and listening skills.  Paper presented at the meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Boston

Dickson, W. P. (1980, October).  Creating a communication-rich classroom:  Applying insights from the referential and sociolinguistic traditions to the development of communication competence.  Paper presented at the conference on "Communicating in the Classroom."  Madison:  Wisconsin Research and Development Center.

Dickson, W. P., Fuson, K., & Sakata, N. (1981, April).  Effects of age and culture on the decoding of referential messages encoded by adults and children.  Paper presented at the meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Boston.

Dickson, W. P., Patterson, J. H., & Tracy, K. (1981, April).  Referential communication activities:  A tool for assessing speaking and listening in the classroom.  Paper presented at the meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Los Angeles.

Dickson, W. P. (1981, August).  Parent-child communication and the growth of vocabulary in children.  Paper presented at the meeting of the International Society for the Study of Behavioral Development, Toronto.

Dickson, W. P. (1983, March).  Modeling cognitive strategies with a talking microcomputer.  Paper presented at the conference on Joint Problem Solving and Microcomputers, University of California, San Diego.

McDevitt, T., & Dickson, W. P. (1983, April).  Referential communication accuracy between mother and child and later school achievement.  Paper presented at the meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Detroit.

Dickson, W. P. (1983, August).  Modeling cognitive strategies with a talking microcomputer.  In Proceedings of the Conference on Joint Problem Solving and Microcomputers, Laboratory of Comparative Human Cognition, University of California, San Diego.

Dickson, W. P. (1984, April).  Using technology to create cognitively rich communication between parents and children.  Paper presented at the meeting of the American Educational Research Association, New Orleans.

Borgh, K., & Dickson, W. P. (1986, April).  The effects of computer-generated spoken on children's writing with a word processor.  Paper presented at the meeting of the American Educational Research Association, San Francisco.

Dickson, W. P. (1986, April).  Motivation and learning:  Competitors for time and disk space in educational software.  Comments presented as discussant at the meeting of the American Educational Research Association, San Francisco.

Donohue, W. A., Borgh, K., & Dickson, W. P. (1986, April).  Interfacing the home and school.  Paper presented at the meeting of the American Educational Research Association, San Francisco.

Villarruel, F., Martin, C., & Dickson, W. P. (1986, May).  Using a microcomputer  to create social interactions among handicapped and non-handicapped children in a mainstreamed preschool.  Paper presented at the meeting of the American Association on Mental Deficiency, Denver.

Martin, C. A., Villarruel, F., & Dickson, W. P. (1987, April).  Microcomputers in the mainstreamed preschool:  Effects on social interaction.  Paper presented at the meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Washington, DC.

Mounts, N. S., Villarruel, F., & Dickson, W. P. (1987, May).  An analysis of children's verbal interactions at computers and during block play in a mainstreamed preschool.  Paper presented at the meeting of the American Association on Mental Deficiency, Los Angeles.

Dickson, W. P.  (1990, April).  Technology, education, reform, restructuring, or revolution?  Paper presented at the meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Boston.

 

Unpublished Manuscripts

Dickson, W. P., Fuson, K., Sakata, N.  Effects of age and culture on the decoding of referential messages encoded by adults and children.  Unpublished manuscript.

Dickson, W. P., Patterson, J. H., & Tracy, K.  Referential communication activities:  A tool for assessing speaking and listening skills in the classroom.  Unpublished manuscript.

Dickson, W. P., Hatano, G., & Sanchez de Zavala, V.  Referential relativity across three cultures:  Japanese, American, and Spanish.  Unpublished manuscript.

Dickson, W. P., & Patterson, J.  Worksheet communication game manual:  An instrument for assessing speaking and listening skills in the classroom settings.  Unpublished manuscript.

Borgh, K., & Dickson, W. P.  The effects of children's writing of adding speech synthesis to a word processor.  Manuscript submitted to the Journal of Educational Psychology, March, 1986.  Rejected.

 

Manuals and Tests

I have developed a number of instruments for research on communication skills, including the following:

Dickson, W. P.  Picture book communication game.  Manual and referent sets.  (Mother-child communication with 4-year-olds.)

Dickson, W. P.  Expressive language test for relational terms.  Manual and referent sets.  (Experimenter-child communication with 6-year-olds.)

Dickson, W. P.  Telling how game.  Manual and test kit.  (Father-child communication with 7-year-olds.)

Dickson, W. P.  Test of precision of developmental expectations.  (Assessment of knowledge of child development norms.)

Dickson, W. P., Miyake, N., & Muto, T.  Decoding descriptions of abstract referents test.  Japanese and English versions.  (College students in Japan and the U.S.)

Teaching

Taught courses on lifespan human development, technology in education, child development, research methods, statistical computing,  microcomputers in the home and preschool, children's communication skills, science education for young children, and cross-cultural perspectives on early childhood.

Research Support

Investigator at Stanford University on a Grant from the National Institute of Education for dissertation research:  "An instructional device for teaching verbal skills through structured interactions between young children using an interactional game device."  Dates:  1972-74.  Amount:  $9,000.

Associate Director of "A cross-cultural study of the development of school-readiness in Japan and the U.S."  Funded by a grant from the Spencer Foundation to R. D. Hess at Stanford University from 1972-76 for $125,000.  Analyses and writing continuing on this longitudinal study.

Principal Investigator on a grant from the Graduate School of the University of Wisconsin for a study of "Individual differences in referential communication skill."  Dates:  1976-77.  Amount:  $7,000.

Principal Investigator on a grant from the Graduate School of the University of Wisconsin for a study of "Communication systems within families."  Dates:  1977-78.  Amount:  $4,000.

Faculty Associate and Project Director of a study of oral communication skills in the Wisconsin Research and Development Center.  Dates:  1976-80.  Approximately $40,000 per year.

Faculty Associate and Project Director for the "Focal Schools" project in the Wisconsin Research and Development Center.  Details of the project are given on pages 59-62 of the Technical Proposal, August 29, 1980.  Amount for December 1, 1980 - November 30, 1981:  $30,000.

Faculty Associate and Project Director for the Experimental Software Project in the Wisconsin Research and Development Center from 1982 to 1985.

Convener (with Gary G. Price) of a Conference on Home Influences on School Achievement held in October 1981.  This conference brought together 20 scholars concerned with research on how parent-child interaction and other aspects of home environment affect intellectual development and school achievement.  Amount:  $20,000.

Principal Investigator on a grant from the Spencer Foundation to collaborate with R. D. Hess and H. Azuma at Stanford University on a book and articles on follow-up data for the "Cross-cultural study of the development of school-readiness in Japan and the U.S."  August 1, 1982 - August 1, 1983.  Amount:  $13,000.

Principal Investigator on a grant from the Annenberg ICPB Project to develop microcomputer software to accompany the televised series, "Congress:  We the People."  January 1, 1984 - December 31, 1984.  Amount:  $10,000.

Graduate School Research Grant, University of Wisconsin-Madison.  Communication and cognition:  Using a microcomputer with voice recognition to teach the logical implications of referential messages.  July 1986 - June 1987.  Amount:  $9,300.

Graduate School Research Grant, University of Wisconsin-Madison.  Using advanced technologies to promote social and cognitive interaction among preschool children.  July 1987 - June 1988.  Amount:  $10,000.

W. K. Kellogg Foundation.  Exploratory multi-media environments.  February 1989 - December 1992.  Amount:  $50,000.

Other Presentations

Dickson, W. P. (1985, March).  Videodisks as a curriculum resource.  Presentation to a workshop on Instructional Strategies for Integrating the Microcomputer into the Curriculum.  Vocational Studies Center, University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Dickson, W. P. (1985, March).  Realistic perspectives on computers in early education.  Remarks presented as a discussant at the 15th Annual Early Childhood Conference:  Microworlds for Young Children, University of Maryland, College Park.

Dickson, W. P. (1985, September).  Idealism and realism.  Remarks presented at a panel discussion.  Perspectives on the Young Child and the Computer, University of Texas at Austin.

Dickson, W. P. (1985, November).  Approaches to testing.  Keynote address presented at the Conference on Evaluation of Student Performance.  University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.

Dickson, W. P. (1986, May).  Thought provoking software:  Priority for word processing.  Presentation to the World Congress on Education and Technology, Vancouver.

Dickson, W. P. (1986, May).  Evaluating software for education:  How much software do we need?  Presentation to the Summer Institute, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver.