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Dr. Raymond A. Dixon


Office: ITED 11 A
Phone: (208) 885-6349
Email: rdixon@uidaho.edu
Mailing Address: Dept. of Curriculum & Instruction University of Idaho
875 Perimeter Drive MS 4021
Moscow, ID 83844-4021

College of Education
Curriculum and Instruction
Assistant Professor



  • Research/Focus Areas
    • Design Cognition
    • STEM Integration and Workforce Education and Development
  • Biography
    Dr. Dixon graduated from the University of Technology, Jamaica with a diploma in Mechanical Technology and bachelors of education in Industrial Technology. He taught engineering technology at the Dinthill Technology High School and worked as a maintenance engineer at the Ministry of Health in Jamaica. He later joined the national Training Agency as an instructor at the National Tool and Engineering Institute. While there he taught maintenance and mechanical technology, designed and delivered numerous training programs for industry. He received a Training of Trainers certificate from India in 2000 and was awarded instructor of the year at NTEI the following year. He later served as head of department, deputy manager, and technical coordinator for the National Tool and Engineering Institute. After completing his master’s degree in industrial Technology at Illinois State University, he taught for three years at the School of Technical and Vocational Education, University of Technology, Jamaica. Raymond became a fellow of the National Center for Engineering and Technology Education (NCETE) and completed his PhD at the University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign. Before joining the University of Idaho, Dr. Dixon worked as a research coordinator at the Center for Mathematics Science and Technology (CeMaST), Illinois State University.

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  • Selected Publications
    • Dixon, R.A., & Johnson, S. D. (in press). The use of executive control processes in engineering design by engineering students and professional engineers. Journal of Technology Education
    • Dixon, R. A., & Brown, R. (in press). Transfer of learning: Connecting concepts during problem solving. Journal of Technology Education
    • Daugherty, J., Custer, R. L., Dixon, R. A. (2012). Mapping Concepts for Learning & Assessment. The Technology and Engineering Teacher 71(8), 10-14
    • Dixon, R., & Johnson, S, D. (2011). Experts versus novices: Differences in how mental representations are used in engineering design. Journal of Technology Education 23(1), 47-65
    • Dixon, R. (2011). Cognitive strategies ad selected core thinking skills of an expert and a novice. Journal of STEM Teacher Education 48(1), 1-34
    • Dixon, R. (2009). Encouraging innovation through integrative study and collaboration. Caribbean Journal of Education, 31(1), 89-101
  • Research Projects
    • Co-PI, Creating a Regional Workforce for Rural Manufacturing. NSF Award No. 1104078. (2011-2014). Northwestern ID, USA. A collaborative effort between NIMA, CEDA, LCSC and University of Idaho College of Education to train technology education, math, and science teachers in the use of a solid modeling software for teaching design
    • Transfer of Learning: Connecting concepts during problem solving
      Location (Normal, Illinois, USA). Examined the extent to which students who have done the PLTW curriculum are able to connect concept learned from the curriculum to concepts used in the solving of well-structured and design problems.

  • Awards and Honors
    • Fellow: CTETE, FTTE, ITEEA leadership academy, 2011-2012
    • Fellow: National Center for Engineering and Technology Education 2007-2011
    • Caterpillar Scholarship for Excellence in Human Resource Development: 2009
      University of Illinois-Department of Human Resource Education
    • Tomblinson Award for Excellence in Technical and Vocational Education: 2008
      University of Illinois-Department of Human Resource Education 
    • Instructor of the Year Award- National Tool and Engineering Institute 1999
    • Halston Limited Award for excellence in Industrial Technology 1996

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