Alexander "Sasha" Chizhik
Education and Appointments
- Assistant Vice-President for Academic Labor Relations, San Diego State University,
- Professor of Educational Psychology – San Diego State University, 2011-present
(Associate Professor 2006-2011; Assistant Professor 2000-2006)
- Fulbright Scholar – Ushinsky South Ukrainian State Pedagogical University, 2012-2014
- Assistant Professor, Educational Measurement – University of Maine, 1999-2000
- Ph.D. in Education from UCLA (1999) (Qualifying Exam Honors)
- B.A. in Psychology from UC Irvine (1994) (Campus-wide Honors)
- B.S. in Biological Sciences from UC Irvine (1994) (Excellence in Research)
- Equity in group interactions: How to overcome differential participation in
group settings due to relative status?
- Mentoring in teacher education: What cultural and social structures support teachers’
- Utilization approach to participatory program evaluation: How to maximize
evaluation utilization while encouraging primary stakeholders to incorporate
perspectives of unempowered stakeholders?
Cooperative learning in introductory computer science classes. This NSF-funded project involves the development and evaluation of cooperative learning
exercises for undergraduate computer science courses. The exercises involve students
in specific roles to focus their attention on key concepts involved in developing
and testing Java programs. To date, experimental results show that the benefits of
cooperative learning outweigh any possible losses due to reduced lecture time. These
benefits are enjoyed by both male and female students, ethnic-majority and minority
students, and by students from a variety of majors. Importantly, the educational benefits
of cooperative learning experiences continue when students take subsequent coursework
in computer science.
Article in Transactions on Computing Education
Mentoring of student teachers in conjunction with field practice. This project involves designing mentoring structures based on lesson study within
professional learning communities (PLCs) that include multiple student teachers, classroom
teachers, and a university field supervisor. Within PLCs, teams analyze lesson plans,
video clips of student teachers’ practice, and assessment results in order to make
overt as well as improve student teachers’ pedagogical skills.
Article in Teacher Education Quarterly
From my theoretical perspective and teaching experience, students' constructing examples
for application is important for their developing deep understandings of theoretical
constructs. While students are certainly responsible for constructing their own understandings,
my role as an instructor is to provide mediating tools around which socially situated
cognition can occur. I accomplish this through having students work in groups to solve
complex problems. As a teacher-scholar, I am constantly reflecting on my own teaching
practice, reading current research on learning and instruction, and modifying my pedagogy
to better serve my students.
Chizhik, E. W., Chizhik, A. W., Burgess, B., Tanmajo, M., & Hernandez, M. (2019).
Using video-based online coaching to provide meaningful feedback to elementary and
secondary teacher candidates. CCNews, 30(1), 31-36.
Chizhik, E. W., & Chizhik, A. W. (2018). Value of feedback to teacher candidates through
annotation of video-recorded lessons. Journal of Technology and Teacher Education, 26(4), 527-552.
Chizhik, E. W., Chizhik, A. W., Close, C., & Gallego, M. (2018). Developing Student
Teachers’ Teaching Self-Efficacy through Shared Mentoring in Learning Environments
(SMILE). International Journal of Mentoring and Coaching in Education, 7(1), 35-53.
Chizhik, E. W., & Chizhik, A. W. (2018). Using activity theory to examine how teachers’
lesson plans meet students’ learning needs. The Teacher Educator, 53(1), 67-85.
Chizhik, E. W., Chizhik, A. W., Close, C., & Gallego, M. (2017). SMILE (Shared Mentoring in Instructional Learning Environments): Effectiveness of
a Lesson-Study approach to student-teaching supervision on a teacher-education performance
assessment. Teacher Education Quarterly, 44(2), 27-47.
Chizhik, E. W., & Chizhik, A. W. (2016). (Re)Conceptualizing the purpose of the lesson
plan. Journal of Educational Thought, 49(2), 210-225.
Kapranov, G. A., Chizhik, A. W., & Chizhik, E. W. (2016). Teacher education reform
in Far East Russia: Integrating field experiences with action research. Educational Process: International Journal, 5(4), 313-326.
Beck, L., & Chizhik, A. W. (2013). Cooperative Learning Instructional Methods for CS1: Design, Implementation, and Evaluation. Transactions on Computing Education, 13(3), Article 10, 21 pages.
Goodman, J. A., Alexander, M. G., Chizhik, A. W., Chizhik, E. W., & Eidelman, S. (2010).
Indirect influence and divergent thinking as a function of member status and task
structure in small groups. European Journal of Social Psychology, 40(7), 1184-1199.
Chizhik, A. W., Shelly, R. K., & Troyer, L. (2009). Intragroup conflict and cooperation:
An introduction. Journal of Social Issues, 65(2), 251-259.
Alexander, M. G., Chizhik, A. W., Chizhik, E. W., & Goodman, J. A. (2009). Lower-status
participation and influence: Task structure matters. Journal of Social Issues, 65(2), 365-381.
Chizhik, A. W. (2009). Literacy for playwriting or playwriting for literacy? Education and Urban Society, 41, 387-409.
Chizhik, E. W., & Chizhik, A. W. (2005). Are you privileged or oppressed? Students’
conceptions of themselves and others. Urban Education, 40, 116-143.
Chizhik, A. W., Alexander, M., Chizhik, E. W., & Goodman, J. (2003). The rise and
fall of power and prestige orders: Influence of task structure. Social Psychology Quarterly, 66(3), 303-317.
Chizhik, E. W., & Chizhik, A. W. (2003). Teaching educational psychology to develop
creative and transformative teachers. Journal of Educational Thought, 37(2), 177-195.
Chizhik, E. W., & Chizhik, A. W. (2002). Who deserves blame for societal inequities
and who can change them? Applying attribution theory to understanding privilege and
oppression. Journal of College Student Development, 43(6), 792-808.
Chizhik, E. W., & Chizhik, A. W. (2002). A path to social change: Examining students'
responsibility, opportunity, and emotion toward social justice. Education and Urban Society, 34(3), 283-297.
Chizhik, A. W. (2001). Equity and status in group collaboration: Learning through
explanations depends on task characteristics. Social Psychology of Education, 5, 179-200.
Webb, N., Nemer, K., Chizhik, A., & Sugrue, B. (1998). Equity issues in collaborative
group assessment: Group composition and performance. American Educational Research Journal, 35, 607-651.
Chizhik, A. W. (1998). Collaborative learning through high-level verbal interaction:
From theory to practice. The Clearing House, 72, 58-61.
Our Trip to Ussuriisk, Russia (slide show)