Date: Dec 11, 2013 2:14 PM
Author: Jerry P. Becker
Subject: Int'l Design & Development Award / Hugh Burkhardt

Sent at the request of Will Morony [Convenor of ISDDE's
"Communications and Promotions" Committee.]
International Society for Design and Development in Education Selects
Winner of Sixth Annual Design Award, "The Eddy"

Hugh Burkhardt from the Shell Center & Nottingham University

The 2013 Prize of $10,000 was for "a substantial body of work, by an
individual or a team, over a period of years that shows excellence in
design for education in Science or Mathematics".

At the 2013 ISDDE conference in Berkeley, California, the award was
announced and the prize presented to Professor Hugh Burkhardt.

For more than 35 years, Hugh Burkhardt has made outstanding
contributions to educational design. He has done so through his
leadership of the <>Shell Centre for
Mathematical Education, his contributions to a large number of its
influential products, and the development of its engineering research
methodology. He has fostered the improvement of educational practice
through the use of high quality assessment and the creation of
institutions that foster excellence in educational design. His
initiatives have often involved questioning established orthodoxies
in both mathematics education research and design. Impact on learning
and teaching in classrooms has been his priority throughout.

Together with his award-winning team at the Shell Centre, Hugh
Burkhardt has led over a dozen design projects that are widely
recognized for both their quality and their impact on practice.
Professor Burkhardt's various contributions involve strategic design,
structural design, technical design, and design approaches and

Strategic design looks beyond the immediate functionality of a design
to the wider implications of how people and systems are likely to
implement it. Contributions of this type relate to understanding
mechanisms such as "What You Test is What You Get" (WYTIWYG) - how
high-stakes assessments influence the implementation of the intended
curriculum and can either be a barrier to or lever for change. The
design technique he developed of changing only 5% of lessons
profoundly each year for a few years is easier, cheaper and less
disruptive than sudden across-the-board upheavals, yet can yield
tremendous long term impact.

Structural design concerns product features that promise power in
forwarding the underlying vision and strategy. Professor Burkhardt
has introduced new and refined design concepts and models for
classroom material and assessment. These include the categorization
of tasks as novice, apprentice or expert based on their demand for
autonomous thinking, and the integration of teaching material,
professional development and assessment into coherent, themed 'boxes'.

Technical design contributions he has made include "role shifting",
where students are led to take on teacher roles like explainer and

Finally, Professor Burkhardt's leading role in the establishment of
ISDDE and the
journal <>Educational
Designer represent substantial contributions to advancing the field,
and the community of educational designers.

This description presents only highlights from the overall case that
was made in nominating Hugh Burkhardt for the lifetime achievement in
educational design. In consideration of Prof. Burkhardt's association
with ISDDE, an independent panel was asked to make the final
selection from the shortlist. The prize committee and recipient
welcome inquiries.

About the International Society for Design and Development in Education

ISDDE was founded to bring together outstanding designers and
developers to collectively define and achieve excellence in
educational products and materials, particularly for science, math,
and technology; and to create a professional community that shares
knowledge, research, approaches, and critiques. ISDDE advances these
goals through annual conferences, an e-journal, Educational Designer,
and "The Eddies," which recognize and give exposure to outstanding
work in the field. For more information about ISDDE and its awards,
visit <>

Jerry P. Becker
Dept. of Curriculum & Instruction
Southern Illinois University
625 Wham Drive
Mail Code 4610
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