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Jeff Smith

Prof Jeff K. SmithProfessor, University of Otago College of Education
A.B. (Princeton) Ph.D. (Chicago)

Dunedin Campus
Tel +64 3 479 5467
Email jeffrey.smith@otago.ac.nz

Biography

Jeff Smith is Professor and former Dean of the College of Education at the University of Otago. He joined the University in 2005 after having spent 29 years at Rutgers University in New Jersey, where he served as Chair of the Educational Psychology Department and Associate Dean of the Graduate School of Education. While at Rutgers, he also served for 18 years as Head of the Office of Research and Evaluation at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.

He took over the Deanship in 2020 until the end of 2021; he previously served as Associate Dean, University Research Performance, from 2016 to 2018, coordinating the University’s efforts on the 2018 PBRF quality evaluation review. He was the founding Co-Editor of the journal, Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts, and was Editor of Educational Measurement: Issues and Practice. He is the recipient of the Gustave Fechner Award for Outstanding Contributions to Empirical Aesthetics from the International Association of Empirical Aesthetics, and the Rudolph Arnheim Award for Outstanding Achievement in Psychology and the Arts, from Division 10 of the American Psychology Association. He is the past president of the Society for the Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts.

Research Interests

  • Instructional Feedback
  • Formative Assessment
  • Psychology of Aesthetics
  • Learning in Cultural Institutions

Recent Publication

Tinio, P. P. L. & Smith, J. K. (2014). The Cambridge Handbook on the Psychology of Aesthetics and the Arts. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. (ISBN: 978-1-107-02628-5)

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Publications

Smith, J. K. (2022). Nullifying null findings: Conducting research that is inherently interesting. Proceedings of the American Educational Research Association (AERA) Annual Meeting: Cultivating equitable education systems for the 21st century. Retrieved from https://www.aera.net

Carson, S., Rock, J., & Smith, J. (2021). Sediments and seashores: A case study of local citizen science contributing to student learning and environmental citizenship. Frontiers in Education, 6, 674883. doi: 10.3389/feduc.2021.674883

Beatson, N., de Lange, P., O'Connell, B., Tharapos, M., & Smith, J. K. (2021). Factors impacting on accounting academics' motivation and capacity to adapt in challenging times. Accounting Research Journal. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1108/arj-08-2020-0240

Mastandrea, S., Tinio, P. P. L., & Smith, J. K. (2021). Environment, art, and museums: The aesthetic experience in different contexts. Frontiers in Psychology, 12, 675165. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2021.675165

Lipnevich, A. A., Gijcali, K., Asil, M., & Smith, J. K. (2021). Development of a measure of receptivity to instructional feedback and examination of its links to personality. Personality & Individual Differences, 169, 110086. doi: 10.1016/j.paid.2020.110086

Smith, J. K. (2020). Scoundrels, cads, and other great artists. Rowman & Littlefield, 216p.

Authored Book - Research

Smith, J. K. (2014). The museum effect: How museums, libraries, and institutions educate and civilize society. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 201p.

Authored Book - Research

Crooks, T., Smith, J., & Flockton, L. (2010). Mathematics assessment results 2009 [National Education Monitoring Project Report 52]. Dunedin, New Zealand: Educational Assessment Research Unit, University of Otago, 82p.

Authored Book - Research

Smith, J., Crooks, T., & Allan, R. (2010). Information skills for inquiry learning assessment results 2009 [National Education Monitoring Project Report 50]. Dunedin, New Zealand: Educational Assessment Research Unit, University of Otago, 54p.

Authored Book - Research

Smith, J., Crooks, T., Gilmore, A., & White, J. (2010). Social studies assessment results 2009 [National Education Monitoring Project Report 51]. Dunedin, New Zealand: Educational Assessment Research Unit, University of Otago, 54p.

Authored Book - Research

Crooks, T., Smith, J., & Flockton, L. (2009). Reading and Speaking assessment results 2008 [National Education Monitoring Project Report 49]. Dunedin, New Zealand: Educational Assessment Research Unit, University of Otago, 74p.

Authored Book - Research

Crooks, T., Smith, J., & White, J. (2009). Music assessment results 2008 [National Education Monitoring Project Report 47]. Dunedin, New Zealand: Educational Assessment Research Unit, University of Otago, 46p.

Authored Book - Research

Smith, J., Crooks, T., & Allan, R. (2009). Aspects of technology assessment results 2008 [National Education Monitoring Project Report 48]. Dunedin, New Zealand: Educational Assessment Research Unit, University of Otago, 50p.

Authored Book - Research

Crooks, T., Smith, J., & Flockton, L. (2008). Science assessment results 2007 [National Education Monitoring Project Report 44]. Dunedin, New Zealand: Educational Assessment Research Unit, University of Otago, 70p.

Authored Book - Research

Smith, J., Crooks, T., & Flockton, L. (2008). Visual arts assessment results 2007 [National Education Monitoring Project Report 45]. Dunedin, New Zealand: Educational Assessment Research Unit, University of Otago, 62p.

Authored Book - Research

Smith, J., Crooks, T., Flockton, L., & White, J. (2008). Graphs, tables & maps assessment results 2007 [National Education Monitoring Project Report 46]. Dunedin, New Zealand: Educational Assessment Research Unit, University of Otago, 54p.

Authored Book - Research

Crooks, T., Flockton, L., Smith, J., & Smith, L. F. (2007). Listening and viewing assessment results 2006 [National Education Monitoring Project Report 39]. Dunedin, New Zealand: Educational Assessment Research Unit, University of Otago, 49p.

Authored Book - Research

Flockton, L., Crooks, T., Smith, J., & Smith, L. F. (2006). Mathematics assessment results 2005 [National Education Monitoring Report 37]. Dunedin, New Zealand: Educational Assessment Research Unit, University of Otago, 62p.

Authored Book - Research

Smith, J. K., Smith, L. F., & de Lisi, R. (2001). Natural classroom assessment: Designing seamless instruction and assessment. Thousand Oaks, CA, USA: Corwin Press, 130p.

Authored Book - Research

Lipnevich, A. A., & Smith, J. K. (Eds.). (2018). The Cambridge handbook of instructional feedback. Cambridge, United Kingdom: Cambridge University Press, 622p. doi: 10.1017/9781316832134

Edited Book - Research

Tinio, P. P. L., & Smith, J. K. (Eds.). (2014). The Cambridge handbook of the psychology of aesthetics and the arts. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 620p.

Edited Book - Research

Bell, D., & Smith, J. (2020). Learning beyond museum walls: Virtual excursions at Te Papa Tongarewa. In C. Koh (Ed.), Diversifying learner experience: A kaleidoscope of instructional approaches and strategies. (pp. 121-135). Singapore: Springer. doi: 10.1007/978-981-15-9861-6_7

Chapter in Book - Research

Smith, J. K., & Smith, L. F. (2020). Studying the aesthetic experience in museum contexts. In M. Nadal & O. Vartanian (Eds.), The Oxford handbook of empirical aesthetics. Oxford University Press. doi: 10.1093/oxfordhb/9780198824350.013.44

Chapter in Book - Research

Smith, J. K., & Smith, L. F. (2019). Grading in Higher Education. In T. R. Guskey & S. M. Brookhart (Eds.), What we know about grading: What works, what doesn't, and what's next. (pp. 195-213). Alexandria, VA: ASCD.

Chapter in Book - Research

Berg, D. A. G., Schaughency, E., van der Meer, J., & Smith, J. K. (2018). Using classical test theory in higher education. In C. Secolsky & D. B. Denison (Eds.), Handbook on measurement, assessment, and evaluation in higher education. (2nd ed.) (pp. 178-190). Abingdon, UK: Routledge.

Chapter in Book - Research

Murray, J., Gasson, R., & Smith, J. K. (2018). Towards a taxonomy of written feedback messages. In A. A. Lipnevich & J. K. Smith (Eds.), The Cambridge handbook of instructional feedback. (pp. 79-96). Cambridge University Press. doi: 10.1017/9781316832134.006

Chapter in Book - Research

Smith, J. K., & Lipnevich, A. A. (2018). Instructional feedback. In A. A. Lipnevich & J. K. Smith (Eds.), The Cambridge handbook of instructional feedback. (pp. 591-603). Cambridge University Press. doi: 10.1017/9781316832134.029

Chapter in Book - Research

Smith, J. K., & Smith, L. F. (2017). Museum learning. In K. Peppler (Ed.), The SAGE encyclopedia of out-of-school learning. (pp. 512-516). Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE. doi: 10.4135/9781483385198.n199

Chapter in Book - Research

Smith, J. K., & Smith, L. F. (2017). The nature of creativity: Mayflies, octopi, and the best bad idea we have. In R. A. Beghetto & B. Sriraman (Eds.), Creative contradictions in education: Cross disciplinary paradoxes and perspectives. (pp. 21-35). Springer. doi: 10.1007/978-3-319-21924-0_2

Chapter in Book - Research

Smith, J. K., Smith, L. F., & Smith, B. K. (2017). The reproducibility crisis in psychology: Attack of the clones or phantom menace. In M. C. Makel & J. A. Plucker (Eds.), Toward a more perfect psychology: Improving trust, accuracy, and transparency in research. (pp. 273-287). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association. doi: 10.1037/0000033-017

Chapter in Book - Research

Lipnevich, A. A., Berg, D. A. G., & Smith, J. K. (2016). Toward a model of student response to feedback. In G. T. L. Brown & L. R. Harris (Eds.), Handbook of human and social conditions in assessment. (pp. 169-185). New York: Routledge.

Chapter in Book - Research

Smith, J. K., & Smith, L. F. (2014). Developing tasks assessment tasks. In C. Wyatt-Smith, V. Klenowski & P. Colbert (Eds.), Designing assessment for quality learning. (pp. 123-136). Heidelberg, Germany: Springer.

Chapter in Book - Research

Smith, J. K., & Tinio, P. P. L. (2014). And all that jazz: Rigor and relevance in the psychology of aesthetics and the arts. In P. P. L. Tinio & J. K. Smith (Eds.), Cambridge handbook of the psychology of aesthetics and the arts. (pp. 591-602). Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.

Chapter in Book - Research

Tinio, P. P. L., Smith, J. K., & Smith, L. F. (2014). The walls do speak: Psychological aesthetics and the museum experience. In P. P. L. Tinio & J. K. Smith (Eds.), Cambridge handbook of the psychology of aesthetics and the arts. (pp. 195-220). Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.

Chapter in Book - Research

Schaughency, E., Smith, J. K., van der Meer, J., & Berg, D. (2012). Classical test theory and higher education: Five questions. In C. Secolsky & D. B. Denison (Eds.), Handbook on measurement, assessment, and evaluation in higher education. (pp. 117-131). New York: Routledge.

Chapter in Book - Research

Smith, J. K., & Smith, L. F. (2010). Educational creativity. In J. C. Kaufman & R. J. Sternberg (Eds.), The Cambridge handbook of creativity. (pp. 250-264). New York: Cambridge University Press.

Chapter in Book - Research

Smith, L. F., & Smith, J. K. (2010). Aesthetics. In I. B. Weiner & W. E. Craighead (Eds.), The Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology (Vol. 1). (4th ed.) (pp. 42-44). Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons.

Chapter in Book - Research

Smith, J. K., & Lipnevich, A. A. (2009). Formative assessment in higher education: Frequency and consequence. In D. M. McInerney, G. T. L. Brown & G. A. D. Liem (Eds.), Student perspectives on assessment: What students can tell us about assessment for learning. (pp. 279-296). Charlotte, NC: Information Age.

Chapter in Book - Research

Smith, L. F., & Smith, J. K. (2006). The nature and growth of aesthetic fluency. In P. Locher, C. Martindale & L. Dorfman (Eds.), New directions in aesthetics, creativity and the arts. (pp. 47-58). Amityville, NY: Baywood.

Chapter in Book - Research

Smith, J. K. (2005). Review of the Degrees of Reading Power [Primary and Standard Test Forms J & K and Advanced Test Forms T & U]. In R. A. Spies & B. S. Plake (Eds.), The 16th mental measurements yearbook. (pp. 289-290). Lincoln, NE, USA: Buros Institute of Mental Measurements.

Chapter in Book - Research

Smith, J. K. (2003). Review of the Basic Number Diagnostic Test [2001 Revision]. In B. S. Plake, J. C. Impara & R. A. Spies (Eds.), The 15th mental measurements yearbook. (pp. 97-98). Lincoln, NE, USA: Buros Institute of Mental Measurements.

Chapter in Book - Research

Smith, J. K. (2003). Review of the Power of Influence Test. In B. S. Plake, J. C. Impara & R. A. Spies (Eds.), The 15th mental measurements yearbook. (pp. 685-686). Lincoln, NE, USA: Buros Institute of Mental Measurements.

Chapter in Book - Research

Smith, J. K. (2001). Review of the Detroit Tests of Learning Aptitude, Fourth Edition. In B. S. Plake & J. C. Impara (Eds.), The 14th mental measurements yearbook. (pp. 382-383). Lincoln, NE, USA: Buros Institute of Mental Measurements.

Chapter in Book - Research

Smith, J. K. (2001). Review of the Monitoring Basic Skills Progress-Second Edition. In B. S. Plake & J. C. Impara (Eds.), The 14th mental measurements yearbook. (pp. 776-777). Lincoln, NE, USA: Buros Institute of Mental Measurements.

Chapter in Book - Research

Beatson, N., de Lange, P., O'Connell, B., Tharapos, M., & Smith, J. K. (2021). Factors impacting on accounting academics' motivation and capacity to adapt in challenging times. Accounting Research Journal. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1108/arj-08-2020-0240

Journal - Research Article

Carson, S., Rock, J., & Smith, J. (2021). Sediments and seashores: A case study of local citizen science contributing to student learning and environmental citizenship. Frontiers in Education, 6, 674883. doi: 10.3389/feduc.2021.674883

Journal - Research Article

Lipnevich, A. A., Gijcali, K., Asil, M., & Smith, J. K. (2021). Development of a measure of receptivity to instructional feedback and examination of its links to personality. Personality & Individual Differences, 169, 110086. doi: 10.1016/j.paid.2020.110086

Journal - Research Article

Beatson, N. J., Berg, D. A. G., & Smith, J. K. (2020). The influence of self‐efficacy beliefs and prior learning on performance. Accounting & Finance, 60, 1271-1294. doi: 10.1111/acfi.12440

Journal - Research Article

Beatson, N., Berg, D., & Smith, J. K. (2020). Facing failure. Accounting Research Journal, 33(2), 287-306. doi: 10.1108/ARJ-10-2018-0164

Journal - Research Article

Bell, D. R., & Smith, J. K. (2020). Inside the digital learning laboratory: New directions in museum education. Curator, 63(3), 371-386. doi: 10.1111/cura.12376

Journal - Research Article

Lipnevich, A. A., Guskey, T. R., Murano, D. M., & Smith, J. K. (2020). What do grades mean? Variation in grading criteria in American college and university courses. Assessment in Education: Principles, Policy & Practice, 27(5), 480-500. doi: 10.1080/0969594X.2020.1799190

Journal - Research Article

Windle, J. M., Spronken-Smith, R. A., Smith, J. K., & Tucker, I. G. (2020). Relationships between academic performance of pharmacy students and their postgraduate competence during internship. Pharmacy Education, 20(1), 1-12.

Journal - Research Article

Beatson, N. J., Berg, D. A. G., & Smith, J. K. (2019). The Sheldon effect: Fixed mindset does not always mean fragile confidence. Accounting Education, 28(5), 532-552. doi: 10.1080/09639284.2019.1661858

Journal - Research Article

Beatson, N. J., Berg, D. A. G., Smith, J. K., & Smith-Han, C. (2019). Progression to intermediate level courses; Is a “pass” enough? Pacific Accounting Review, 31(2), 275-287. doi: 10.1108/PAR-03-2018-0025

Journal - Research Article

Beatson, N. J., Berg, D. A. G., & Smith, J. K. (2018). The impact of mastery feedback on undergraduate students’ self-efficacy beliefs. Studies in Educational Evaluation, 59, 58-66. doi: 10.1016/j.stueduc.2018.03.002

Journal - Research Article

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