Rudolph Mitchell, Associate Director for Assessment and Evaluation
After holding research and faculty appointments at Boston University, Harvard
Medical School, and Brown University, Dr. Rudy Mitchell joined the Teaching
and Learning Laboratory as an Associate Director for Assessment and Evaluation
in January 2004. An educational psychologist with expertise in learning behavior,
survey research, curriculum development, and program evaluation, Dr. Mitchell
is the author of the Cognitive Behavior Survey Series, a collection
of surveys that examine learning and related cognitive behaviors of medical
students and residents. The surveys have been used as research and/or evaluation
tools by more than 40 medical schools nationwide and are currently undergoing
revision and testing on a national level. Their development began in the late
1980s when Dr. Mitchell was responsible for evaluating the New Pathway curriculum,
Harvard Medical School's new, problem-based learning curriculum. At Harvard
Medical School, Dr. Mitchell was one of three educational researchers with
doctorates in education who were the first to receive faculty rank in the
history of Harvard Medical School.
Dr. Mitchell's survey work is based on a learning model he developed which
describes scientific learning as consisting of three cognitive operations:
memorization, conceptualization, and reflection.
In addition to his work in medical and science education, Dr. Mitchell has
worked with Rhode Island school systems and the Rhode Island Department of
Education in test and curriculum development, advised the Minister of Education
of the Republic of Georgia on educational reform, and completed program evaluation
projects for the Rhode Island Department of Health.
Dr. Mitchell's current research interests include developing program evaluation
strategies for measuring learning gains, designing a cognitive behavior survey
for engineering students, and exploring how students acquire an intuitive
feel of concepts, physical phenomena, and systems.
AT TLL, in areas of assessment and evaluation, Dr. Mitchell has conducted,
or overseen, a number of qualitative and quantitative studies. They
include investigations of the learning behavior of MIT students; how various
MIT innovations in educational technology and instructional strategies affect
learning; and, how different MIT programs influence participants. As
part of these studies, Dr. Mitchell has developed more than a dozen surveys
that examine understanding, learning, and attitude in different contexts.
Dr. Mitchell has a B.A. from The Johns Hopkins University and an Ed.D. from