Whitworth Communications

For Immediate Release

April 19, 2005

Education Expert David Johnson to Speak April 25 at Whitworth College

Internationally recognized cooperative- and experiential-learning expert David W. Johnson will speak on "The Latest and Greatest in Cooperative Learning" at 7 p.m. on Monday, April 25, in the Robinson Teaching Theatre, Weyerhaeuser Hall at Whitworth College. Admission is free. For more information, please call (509) 777-3228.

Johnson is a professor of educational psychology at the University of Minnesota where he holds the Emma M. Birkmaier Professorship in Educational Leadership and is co-director of the Cooperative Learning Center. He is a former editor of the American Educational Research Journal and is author of more than 40 books and 350 research articles and book chapters.

"Anyone who has become a teacher in the past 25 years has read the work of David Johnson and his brother Roger Johnson, who are the pioneers in cooperative learning," says Randy Michaelis, professor and chair of Whitworth's undergraduate teacher-education program. "It is a real honor to have someone of Professor Johnson's stature in our community and on our campus."

Johnson is author or co-author of several leading texts in the field of teacher education, including The Social Psychology of Education, Joining Together: Group Theory and Group Skills, Circles of Learning: Cooperation in the Classroom, and Creative Controversy: Intellectual Challenge in the Classroom.

He also has received numerous awards, including the National Research Award in Personnel and Guidance (1972), the National Research Award in Social Studies (1986), the Award for Outstanding Contributions to American Education from the Minnesota Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (1990), and the Excellent in Teaching Award from the U.S. Department of Defense (1994).

For the past 35 years, Johnson has served as an organizational consultant to schools and businesses around the world in such areas as management training, team-building, ethnic relations, conflict resolution, interpersonal and group-skills training, drug-abuse prevention, and evaluating attitudinal/affective outcomes of educational and training programs. He also is a practicing psychotherapist.

Located in Spokane, Wash., Whitworth is a private liberal arts college affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (USA). The college enrolls 2,400 students in more than 50 undergraduate and graduate programs.


Randall Michaelis, professor and chair of the department of teacher education, School of Education, Whitworth College, 509-777-4402 or rmichaelis@whitworth.edu.

Greg Orwig, director of communications, (509) 777-4580 or gorwig@whitworth.edu.

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