Michael K. Thomas, PhD
Associate Professor of Educational Psychology
Building & Room:
1040 W. Harrison St. (MC 147), Chicago, IL 60607
Michael K. Thomas is an associate professor in the Department of Educational Psychology at the University of Illinois at Chicago. His research focuses the cultural dimensions of technology implementation in learning contexts and what this means for the design of technology-rich innovations for learning. Three key questions with respect to this are (a) What are the central concerns of teachers, trainers, and other stakeholders regarding the implementation of technology in learning contexts? (b) What do they do to continually resolve these concerns? and (c) In what ways does culture play a role in the design and implementation of technology-rich innovations? He is particularly interested in video games and gameification in learning environments. He has expertise in qualitative research in general and grounded theory in particular. Before joining, UNCC, he taught instructional technology and research methodology at the University of Oklahoma, the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and the Univerisyt of North Carolina, Charlotte. He has also been an ESL/EFL teacher in New York City Public Schools and has taught overseas.
Thomas, M. K. & Yang, W. L. (2013). Neoliberalism, Globalization, and Creative Educational Destruction in Taiwan. Educational Technology Research and Development, 61(1), 107-129.
Thomas, M. K. & Liu, K. (2012). The Performance of Reflection: A Grounded Analysis of Prospective Teachers’ ePortfolios. Journal of Technology and Teacher Education 20(3), 305-330.
Thomas, M. K. (2011). The utility and efficacy of qualitative research software in grounded theory research. In V. B. Martin & A. Gynnild (Eds.), Grounded theory: The philosophy, method, and work of Barney Glaser (pp. 133-146). Boca Raton, FL: BrownWalker Press.
Thomas, M. K. & Nayan, R. (2011). Smart Schools for Saving the Soul: A juxtaposition of neofundamentalist and neoliberal discourse concentrations in contemporary Malaysia. Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education, 32(4), 513-529.
PhD, Instructional Systems Technology, Indiana University
PhD, Language Education, Indiana University
Research Currently in Progress
Thomas' research focuses the cultural dimensions of technology implementation in learning contexts and what this means for the design of technology-rich innovations for learning. He is also interested in the philosophical dimensions of educational research and methodology. He teaches courses in Qualitative Research, Inquiry, and Qualitative Data Analysis.