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John Richards

Lecturer on Education

John Richards

Degree:  Ph.D., SUNY Buffalo, (1971)
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Office:  Longfellow 327
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Faculty Assistant:  Tilman Freitag


John Richards is a senior executive in education, technology, and media with extensive experience in business development and strategic planning. He is an internationally recognized leader in merging media and technology with educational needs and has designed and published award-winning educational materials in mathematics, science, and social studies. Current research interests include entrepreneurship in the education technology marketplace, digital media literacy, and extensions of the university to support lifelong learning.

He is founder and President of Consulting Services for Education, Inc. (CS4Ed). CS4Ed works with publishers, technology companies, educational nonprofits, and higher education institutions as they negotiate the rapidly changing education marketplace. Clients range from startups to the giants of the industry.

Previously, he was President of the JASON Foundation for Education, and Senior Vice President and General Manager of Turner Learning, Inc., the education arm of Turner Broadcasting. Richards received his doctorate in philosophy at SUNY Buffalo in 1971 and conducted post-doctoral research at SUNY in mathematics in 1972.

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Areas of Expertise

Dede, C., & Richards, J. (Eds.) (2020). The 60-Year Curriculum: New Models for Lifelong Learning in the Digital Economy. New York: Routledge.,(2020)

Dede, C., Richards, J., & Saxberg, B. (Eds.) (2019). Learning Engineering for Online Education: Theoretical Contexts and Design-Based Examples. New York: Routledge.,(2019)

Liu, D., Dede, C., Huang, R., & Richards, J. (Eds.) (2017). Virtual, Augmented, and Mixed Realities in Education. Hong Kong: Springer.,(2017)

Richards, J. (2016). Negotiating the Classroom. Constructivist Foundations 12, November: 78.,(2016)

Richards, J., & Stebbins, L. (2015). Behind the Data: PreK-12 Online Course Market. Washington, DC: The Software and Information Industry Association.,(2015)

Richards, J. & Stebbins, L. (2011, 2012, 2013, 2014). U.S. Education Technology Market: PreK-12. Washington, DC: The Software and Information Industry Association.,(2014)

Richards, J. (2014). Going Beyond Novelty: Innovation as a Market Process. Constructivist Foundations 9, July: 438-439.,(2014)

Dede, C., & Richards, J. (Eds.) (2012). Digital Teaching Platforms: Customizing Classroom Learning for Each Student. New York: TeacherÂ’s College Press.,(2012)

Richards, J. (2001). Learning in a Digital World. In Costa, A. (Ed.) Developing Minds, 3rd Edition. Alexandria Virginia: Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development.,(2001)

Richards, J., & Carter, R. (1999). Dilemmas of Constructivist Mathematics Teaching: Instances from Classroom Practice. In Jaworski, B., Wood, T., & Dawson, A.J. (Eds.). Mathematics Teacher Education: Critical International Perspectives. London: Falmer Press.,(1999)

Richards, J. (1996). Negotiating the Negotiation of Meaning. In Steffe, L., Nesher, P., Cobb, P., Sriraman, B., & Greer, B (Eds.). Theories of Mathematical Learning. New Jersey: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates: 69-76.,(1996)

Richards, J. & Goldberg, B. (1996). The Co-NECT Design for School Change. In Stringfield, S., Ross, S., & L. Smith (Eds.). Bold Plans for School Restructuring: The New American Schools Designs. New Jersey: Laurence Erlbaum Associates: 75 - 108.,(1996)

Richards, J. (1995). Construct[ion/iv]ism. In Steffe, L. & Gale, J. (Eds.) Constructivism in Education, New Jersey: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates: 57-64.,(1995)

Richards, J. (1991). Mathematical Discussions. In E. von Glasersfeld (Ed.) Radical Constructivism in Mathematics Education, Netherlands: Kluwer Academic Publishers: 13-51.,(1991)

Feurzeig, W., & Richards, J. (1988). Intelligent Tools for Algebra. Technology and Learning, 3: 1-5.,(1988)

Steffe, L., von Glasersfeld, E., Richards, J., and Cobb, P. (1983). Children's Counting Types. New York: Praeger Press.,(1983)

Fuson, K.C., Richards, J., & Briars, D.J. (1982). The Acquisition and Elaboration of the Number Word Sequence. In Brainerd, C. (Ed.) Progress in Cognitive Development (Vol. I) Children's Logical and Mathematical Cognition. New York: Springer-Verlag: 33-92.,(1982)

Steffe, L., Richards, J., & Thompson, P. (1981). Children's Counting in Arithmetical Problem Solving. In T. P. Carpenter, J. M. Moses, and T. A. Romberg (Eds.), Addition and Subtraction: A Developmental Perspective. Hillsdale, N.J.: Lawrence Erlbaum Assoc.: 83-97.,(1981)

Richards, J. (1980). Boole and Mill: Differing Perspectives on Logical Psychologism.” History and Philosophy of Logic, 1: 19-36.,(1980)

Steffe, L. & Richards, J. (1980). The Teaching Experiment. In M. Zweng (Ed.), Proceedings of the IVth International Congress in Mathematics Education. Berkeley, California, August 10-16, National Academy of Sciences, 469-471.,(1980)

Richards, J. (1980). Counting and the Constructivist Program. In R. Karplus (Ed.), Proceedings of the 4th International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education. Berkeley, California: 263-270.,(1980)

Richards, J. (1980). Propositional Functions and Russell's Philosophy of Language, 1903-1914. Philosophical Forum, 11: 315-339.,(1980)

Richards, J., & von Glasersfeld, E. (1980). Piaget: Psychologist of Epistemology. Journal for Research in Mathematics Education, 11: 29-36.,(1980)

Richards, J., & von Glasersfeld, E. (1979). The Control of Perceptions and the Construction of Reality. Dialectica, 33: 37-58.,(1979)

Richards, J. (1978). Recombinant DNA: Science, Ethics and Politics. New York: Academic Press.,(1978)