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Jeff Smith

Prof Jeff K. SmithProfessor and Dean, 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 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; 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. (2014). The museum effect: How museums, libraries, and institutions educate and civilize society. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 201p.

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.

Smith, J. K. (2014). Art as mirror: Creativity and communication in aesthetics. Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, & the Arts, 8(1), 110-118. doi: 10.1037/a0035691

Smith, L. F., Smith, J. K., & Tinio, P. P. L. (2017). Time spent viewing art and reading labels. Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, & the Arts, 11(1), 77-85. doi: 10.1037/aca0000049

Brookhart, S. M., Guskey, T. R., Bowers, A. J., McMillan, J. H., Smith, J. K., Smith, L. F., … Welsh, M. E. (2016). A century of grading research: Meaning and value in the most common educational measure. Review of Educational Research, 86(4), 803-848. doi: 10.3102/0034654316672069

Authored Book - Research

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

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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.

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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

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

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.

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.

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.

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Journal - Research Article

Smith, L. F., Smith, J. K., & Tinio, P. P. L. (2017). Time spent viewing art and reading labels. Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, & the Arts, 11(1), 77-85. doi: 10.1037/aca0000049

Brookhart, S. M., Guskey, T. R., Bowers, A. J., McMillan, J. H., Smith, J. K., Smith, L. F., … Welsh, M. E. (2016). A century of grading research: Meaning and value in the most common educational measure. Review of Educational Research, 86(4), 803-848. doi: 10.3102/0034654316672069

Smith, L. F., Smith, J. K., Arcand, K. K., Smith, R. K., & Bookbinder, J. A. (2015). Aesthetics and astronomy: How museum labels affect the understanding and appreciation of deep-space images. Curator, 58(3), 282-297. doi: 10.1111/cura.12114

Smith, L. F., Arcand, K. K., Smith, J. K., Smith, R. K., & Bookbinder, J. (2015). Is that real? Understanding astronomical images. Journal of Media & Communication Studies, 7(5), 88-100. doi: 10.5897/JMCS2015.0446

Smith, J. K. (2014). Art as mirror: Creativity and communication in aesthetics. Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, & the Arts, 8(1), 110-118. doi: 10.1037/a0035691

Smith, L. F., Arcand, K. K., Smith, J. K., Smith, R. K., Bookbinder, J., & Watzke, M. (2014). Examining perceptions of astronomy images across mobile platforms. Journal of Science Communication, 13(2), A01.

Smith, J. K., & Smith, L. F. (2014). Replicability? Not that again! [Comment]. Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, & the Arts, 8(1), 21-23. doi: 10.1037/a0035821

Lipnevich, A. A., McCallen, L. N., Pace Miles, K., & Smith, J. K. (2014). Mind the gap! Students' use of exemplars and detailed rubrics as formative assessment. Instructional Science, 42(4), 539-559. doi: 10.1007/s11251-013-9299-9

Smith, J. K., Smith, L. F., Gilmore, A., & Jameson, M. (2012). Students' self-perception of reading ability, enjoyment of reading and reading achievement. Learning & Individual Differences, 22(2), 202-206. doi: 10.1016/j.lindif.2011.04.010

Smith, L. F., Smith, J. K., Arcand, K. K., Smith, R. K., Bookbinder, J., & Keach, K. (2011). Aesthetics and astronomy: Studying the public's perception and understanding of imagery from space. Science Communication, 33(2), 201-238. doi: 10.1177/1075547010379579

Tinio, P. P. L., Smith, J. K., & Potts, K. (2010). ″The object and the mirror″: The nature and dynamics of museum tours. International Journal of Creativity & Problem Solving, 20(1), 37-52.

Kowal Arcand, K., Watzke, M., Smith, L. F., & Smith, J. K. (2010). Surveying aesthetics & astronomy: A project exploring the public's perception of astronomical images and the science within. CAP Journal, 10, 13-16.

Lipnevich, A. A., & Smith, J. K. (2009). Effects of differential feedback on students' examination performance. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Applied, 15(4), 319-333. doi: 10.1037/a0017841

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