James S. Catterall

University of CA, Los Angeles, USA

James S. Catterall is Professor of Education at UCLA, where he has served on the faculty since 1981. He is also Affiliate Professor at the UCLA Psychological Foundation Center for Culture, Brain, and Development where he is currently co-heading a study of reading comprehension at the Ahmanson-Lovelace Brain Mapping Center. For the past 20 years, his research has focused on measurement of children’s cognitive development and motivation, particularly in the context of learning in the arts. His most important studies include long-term research on the effects of high engagement in the arts by middle and high school students – leading to his new book, Doing Well and Doing Good by Doing Art (Los Angeles: I-Group Books, 2009). As a measurement specialist, Catterall serves on the Advisory Board for California’s Public School Accountability Act. From 1998 until 2008, he chaired the National Technical Advisory Panel for Kentucky’s heralded state testing system. Professor Catterall holds degrees in economics from Princeton University, public policy analysis from the University of Minnesota, and a Ph.D. in Education from Stanford University. He is currently working on a book about the roles of “ordinary” creativity in basic learning processes and the place of children’s creativity in developing a creative society.

Biography Updated on 14 October 2010

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