David Berliner

DAVID C. BERLINER is Regents’ Professor Emeritus of Education at Arizona State University. He has taught at the Universities of Arizona and Massachusetts, at Teachers College and Stanford University, as well as universities abroad. Dr. Berliner is a member of the National Academy of Education and the International Academy of Education, a Fellow of the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, and a past president of both the American Educational Research Association and the Division of Educational Psychology of the American Psychological Association. He has received numerous awards for his distinguished contributions.

He is co-author (with B. J. Biddle) of the best seller The Manufactured Crisis, co-author (with Ursula Casanova) of Putting Research to Work, and co-author (with N. L. Gage) of the textbook Educational Psychology, now in its 6th edition. His newest book, Collateral Damage (with Sharon Nichols) is about the corruption of professional educators through high-stakes testing. Dr. Berliner has also authored more than 200 published articles, technical reports, and book chapters.

For more information, visit David Berliner’s Website. To learn more about David Berliner from his family and friends, visit his Reflections. To view photographs from David Berliner’s personal collection, visit his Photo Gallery.


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Video Interviews with David Berliner:

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Recalling a pervasive “small town feel” in the New York City neighborhood of his youth, Dr. David Berliner describes his supportive childhood with his parents and brother, admitting he once aspired to sail to Seville, Spain with the United States Merchant Marine. Berliner discovers his own interest in psychology through his first business venture—at only 18 years of age, Berliner and a friend purchased and operated a bar and grill. Berliner’s own son and daughter reflect on the profound personal and professional role played by the father who raised them partially alone. Watch this clip to learn more about Dr. Berliner’s life as a young boy in the Bronx and the stories his children remember best.

Reminiscing about cherished memories with lifelong friends, Dr. David Berliner recounts the details of hilarious escapades from his graduate studies at Stanford and his whirlwind romance with his wife, Dr. Ursula Casanova. Now married 27 years with 8 grandchildren, Berliner’s zest for life is apparent to family and friends by his favorite phrase—“Life is good!” See this clip to learn more about Berliner’s relationships with Dr. Lee Shulman, Dr. Gene Glass, and other educational researchers who have influenced who he has become today.

Citing his devotion to family and professional accomplishments too numerous to delineate, colleagues of Dr. David Berliner are confident his most significant contributions to educational research remain to be seen. Solidifying his reputation as a passionate, resourceful force in educational research, Berliner began his career by studying the critical use of instructional time in classrooms, citing student engagement as the most important element of efficacy. Berliner’s publication of several influential works including: Educational Psychology (with N. L. Gage), The Manufactured Crisis (with B. J. Biddle), and The Handbook of Educational Psychology(edited with R. L. Calfee) distinguish him as a world-renowned researcher. Tune in to find out more about how Dr. Berliner has touched the lives of educators around the world.

Influenced by family, friends, and his wife, Dr. Ursula Casanova, Dr. David Berliner acknowledges he would have been bored doing the same thing throughout his 20-year career in educational research and remains inspires by those who “devote their life to the public good.” Convinced he would have been a successful politician and professing an aversion to family counseling or law as alternate careers, Berliner would choose to dine with philosopher and educational reformer, John Dewey, whose works he admittedly avoided reading in graduate school. When watching this clip, be prepared to both laugh and reflect along with Dr. Berliner as he shares his favorite words and reveals his hopes for the afterlife!

Dr. David Berliner addresses young educational researchers, advising them to hang around “smart people,” and adopt ideas from their professors and others. Warning that data should inform rather than drive policy decisions, Berliner addresses the harm caused by a general maldistribution of wealth and teacher performance pay legislation. Find out more from Dr. Berliner on how to avoid political “language traps,” his beliefs about Campbell’s law, and how to boost overall student achievement by watching this clip.

In this clip, Dr. David Berliner responds to audience questions regarding the best way to have an impact as a young educational researcher, the future of NCLB, and alternative ways to measure student learning. Berliner also offers suggestions to teachers on how to change parental thinking regarding high-stakes testing. See what other skills Dr. Berliner believes students need to be successful in the 21st century.

Amrein-Beardsley, A. (2009, April 30). Inside the Academy video interviews with Dr. David Berliner [Video files]. Retrieved from http://insidetheacademy.asu.edu/david-berliner