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Patrick Blessinger

Patrick Blessinger
St. John's Univeristy · School of Education

Doctor of Education

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Introduction
Patrick Blessinger is an adjunct professor of education at St. John's University, a math and science educator with the New York State Education Department, and founder and chief research scientist of the International Higher Education Teaching and Learning Association. Blessinger has received several educational awards such as: Fulbright Senior Scholar to Denmark (U.S. Department of State) and Governor’s Teaching Fellow for the State of Georgia, USA.
Additional affiliations
January 2015 - present
St. John's University
Position
  • Adj. Associate Professor
January 2010 - February 2015
International HETL Association
Position
  • Executive Director and Chief Research Scientist
Education
September 2011 - September 2014
St. John's University
Field of study
  • Education
January 2006 - December 2007
University of Georgia
Field of study
  • Educational Leadership and Teaching-Learning Theory
September 1995 - May 1997
Georgia Institute of Technology
Field of study
  • management and economics

Publications

Publications (109)
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An integrated framework showing the elements and steps in the educational research methodology.
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Higher education today reflects a system that has not only emerged into a more democratised system but also into a global power system. Core issues in democratisation The principles of democratisation impact on every part of higher education at both the macro and micro levels – not just access issues but also governance, management, policies, struc...
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This article discusses the why international higher education is a positive force for democracy
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This article discusses the concept of viewing lifelong learning and access to higher education as a human right
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Purpose – The purpose of this paper is twofold: to assess the effectiveness of the school building and school district leadership programs within the School of Education at a large private university and to find areas for improvement in these programs. Design/methodology/approach – This study utilized a qualitative grounded theory research strateg...
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The more pluralistic a society, the more diverse its educational system tends to be to address the diverse needs within society. No single institutional type and no single pedagogical approach can hope to address all the diverse educational and learning needs within society. In short, a one-size-fits-all approach to higher education is not well-sui...
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The demand for higher education of all types has increased substantially around the world. This has motivated higher-education institutions to expand and improve their services by placing greater emphasis on academic quality and student experience in order to increase student retention and graduation rates. A growing number of educational instituti...
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Undergraduate research is not a new educational approach but it is becoming a significant part of an undergraduate student’s educational experience. The authors have examined the status, challenges, and successes of undergraduate research in their respective countries. Undergraduate research is more mature in the United States, Great Britain, and A...
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The concept of undergraduate research (UR) remains underappreciated in many parts of the world. Empirical evidence in the past has shown that involving students in collaborative research, with the support of faculty members, has proven to be beneficial not only to the students and faculty members but also to the greater body of academic knowledge....
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This edited volume explores how undergraduate research and research-based teaching is being implemented in countries around the world. Leading educators come together to discuss commonly accepted definitions of undergraduate research, country-specific models and partnerships for student research, university policies and practices to support faculty...
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Purpose The purpose of this paper is to analyze job-related stress, motivation and satisfaction in higher education institutions, and assesses their implications on health in various industries including higher education. In total, 52 higher education faculty and administrators from institutions in more than 16 countries participated in the study t...
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Purpose Facilitation and Task Facilitation are important components of healthy supervisory/managerial relationships among higher education professionals. Juniors are guided by superiors who play a supervisory/managerial role in professional development. The purpose of this paper is to examine the impact of Interaction Facilitation and Task Facilita...
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Employee Involvement, Empowerment, Distribution of Influence and Total Influence are intertwined systems structures that impact organizational effectiveness. We analyzed these four measures by online survey of 52 higher education faculty and administrators from institutions in more than 16 countries using the Human Synergistics International Organi...
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This volume is focused on the core areas of imparting education to the refugee population and highlights the recent developments intended to meet an urgent need: that of the refugees who have no or very little previous schooling and who are in need of both language learning and furthering their studies for higher education. This book is designed to...
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This volume examines how Governmental agencies, non-profit organizations and educational institutions are mobilizing their resources to promote inclusion of refugees and internally displaced people. The grass root campaigns are working towards achieving participation and full involvement of disadvantaged groups towards equitable distribution of opp...
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This chapter highlights the plight of refugees and the strategies and policies crafted by international agencies and non-governmental institutions in providing better access to education especially for refugee children. The chapter explores some of the key terminologies that distinguish refugees from asylum seekers and internally displaced person....
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The chapters in this book focus on how higher education can cultivate and promote a more inclusive and equitable environment in higher education, especially with regard to gender diversity as well as those non-conforming, non-heteronormative groups. The chapters in this volume cover the broad picture/context of diversity in various countries as wel...
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This chapter focuses on the concept integration and its wider meaning in the context of refugees and internally displaced people across the globe. The purpose of this volume is to highlight the various interventions used to integrate refugees and the efforts implemented by the non-governmental organizations and local governments toward achieving an...
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This volume examines how universities and colleges are working towards implementing various interventions to integrate refugees along with non - governmental organizations and local governments towards achieving an optimal level of integration with host communities. The case studies across the globe reveals the complexity of the perception-practice...
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Because of the many hurdles and adjustments that students face during their first year at university, it is, typically, during this crucial time period that students decide to continue with their studies, transfer to another university or quit attending university altogether. Student learning communities attempt to mitigate those factors that may l...
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Partnerships can provide a powerful vehicle for researchers and universities to increase their research impact and build their international network and reputation, but they require good leadership and respect for the contribution of all parties.
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This book provides higher education faculty and administrators a scholarly resource on the most salient aspects and emerging trends in creative learning in higher education today. International contributors explore ways to foster creativity in any student, regardless of academic discipline or demographic characteristics and demonstrate that creativ...
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This volume examines how universities and colleges around the world are developing innovative ways to provide doctoral education, including new theories and models of doctoral education and the impact of changes in government and/or accreditation policy on practices in doctoral education. Specifically, this volume looks at the emerging trends in st...
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This volume examines the diverse ways in which universities and colleges around the world are partnering and collaborating with other institutions to fulfil their missions and visions. University partnerships not only include collaborations between universities but also university-school (basic education) collaborative partnerships to improve local...
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The chapters in this book focus on how university-school-community (USC) partnerships are implemented in colleges, universities, school systems, and community organizations around the world. The purpose of these multi-disciplinary programs is to reform teaching and learning experiences for all participants. Using case studies and other empirical re...
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Inquiry-based learning (IBL) is a learner-centered active learning environment where deep learning is cultivated by a process of inquiry owned by the learner. It has roots in a constructivist educational philosophy and is oriented around three components: 1) exploration and discovery (e.g. problem-based learning, open meaning-making), 2) authentic...
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This chapter provides an introduction to how the inquiry-based learning (IBL) approach is being used by colleges and universities around the world to strengthen the interconnections between teaching, learning, and research within STEM programs. This chapter provides a synthesis and analysis of the chapters in the volume, which present a range of ca...
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This article examines the statistics associated with international education, rising student debt, and comparative analysis between the US and non-US systems of higher education.
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Lifelong education is necessary to address the dangers of hyper-specialisation, create a more level playing field and to develop our different individual talents and career aspirations. If there is anything like the so-called ‘great equaliser’, perhaps it lies in universal lifelong education and viewing lifelong learning as a human right.
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Inquiry-based learning (IBL) is a learner-centered, active learning environment where learning is cultivated by a process of inquiry owned by the learner. It has roots in a constructivist educational philosophy and is oriented around three components: 1) exploration and discovery (e.g. problem-based learning, open meaning-making), 2) authentic inve...
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This presentation examines the emerging trends taking place in higher education systems around the world.
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This workshop presentation describes faculty learning communities (FLCs), why are they important, and how to design and implement them.
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This presentation describes student learning communities (SLCs), why they are important, and how to design and implement them.
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This workshop presentation describes faculty learning communities (FLCs), why are they important, and how to design and implement them.
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This article discusses the importance of viewing lifelong learning and higher education as a human right
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Higher education systems around the world are undergoing fundamental change and reform due to external pressures—including internationalization of higher education, increased international competition for students, less reliance on public funding, and calls to create greater access opportunities for citizens. How are higher education systems evolvi...
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The poems in this collection deal with the real life-worlds of professors, instructors, lecturers, teachers, and others working in education. This volume covers contemporary teaching experiences in education, including the many roles that teachers play such as instructing, lecturing, mentoring, facilitating, coaching, guiding, and leading. This vol...
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Inquiry-based learning (IBL) is a learner-centered and active learning environment where deep learning is cultivated by a process of inquiry owned by the learner. IBL has its roots in a constructivist educational philosophy and it is oriented around at least three components: 1) exploration and discovery (e.g., problem-based learning, open meaning-...
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Inquiry-based learning (IBL) is a learner-centered and active learning environment where deep learning is cultivated by a process of inquiry owned by the learner. IBL has its roots in a constructivist educational philosophy and it is oriented around at least three components: 1) exploration and discovery (e.g., problem-based learning, open meaning-...
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http://ijmoc.cgpublisher.com/product/pub.258/prod.55 Supervisory/Managerial Leadership characterizes many academic relationships within higher education institutions. Students and trainees in many fields, including healthcare and graduate studies, often experience humiliation and workplace aggression resulting from belittlement, bullying and abusiv...
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Inquiry-based learning (IBL) is a learner-centered and active learning environment where deep learning is cultivated by a process of inquiry owned by the learner. IBL has its roots in a constructivist educational philosophy and it is oriented around at least three components: 1) exploration and discovery (e.g., problem-based learning), 2) authentic...
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This chapter provides an introduction to how the inquiry-based learning (IBL) approach is being used by colleges and universities around the world to improve faculty and institutional development and to strengthen the interconnections between teaching, learning, and research. This chapter provides a synthesis and analysis of all the chapters in the...
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http://ijmc.cgpublisher.com/product/pub.253/prod.36 External Adaptability is an outcomes measure of organizational effectiveness reflecting proficiency levels in responding to external change. Many higher education institutions are interested in reshaping their goals to better meet the needs of a growing global market. To analyze External Adaptabil...
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http://ijme.cgpublisher.com/product/pub.252/prod.30 Customer Service Focus and Mission Articulation are fundamental measures of organizational effectiveness reflecting the extent to which institutional values are manifested in structures, systems, human resources, and outcomes. Many higher education institutions are interested in better satisfying...
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This article discusses the importance of creating meaningful and sustainable learning environments
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This article discusses the importance of creating meaningful and dialogic-based learning environments
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In the context of this new era of reform, traditional forms of professional development alone are insufficient to bring about needed transformations in teaching practice and student learning. This paper argues that teachers must be empowered to take ownership of their own professional development that is deeply embedded within their jobs and allows...
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In a time of globally changing environments and economic challenges, many institutions of higher education are attempting to reform by promoting standardization approaches. Meaning-Centered Education explores the counter-tide for an alternative vision of education, where students and instructors engage in open meaning-making processes and self-orga...
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Increasing Student Engagement and Retention in e-Learning Environments: Web 2.0 and Blended Learning Technologies examines new research on how online and blended learning technologies are being used in higher education to increase learner engagement in an era of increasing technological convergence and dependence. These enabling technologies are re...
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Increasing Student Engagement and Retention Using Multimedia Technologies: Video Annotation, Multimedia Applications, Videoconferencing and Transmedia Storytelling examines new research on how videoconferencing, video annotation, video mapping, and related technologies are being used in higher education to increase learner engagement in an epoch of...
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Increasing Student Engagement and Retention Using Classroom Technologies: Classroom Response Systems and Mediated Discourse Technologies examines new research on how classroom response systems are being used in higher education to increase learner engagement in an epoch of increasing globalization and diversity. These enabling technologies are resh...
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Increasing Student Engagement and Retention Using Mobile Applications: Smartphones, Skype and Texting Technologies examines new research on how mobile technologies are being used in higher education to increase learner engagement in an epoch of increasing globalization and diversity. These enabling technologies are reshaping and reframing the pract...
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The chapters in this book focus on using different types of mediated discourse technologies such as classroom response systems and class replay systems to create technology-rich social learning environments within the classroom. Improvements in low-cost, ubiquitous digital technologies and development of modern learning theories are rapidly changin...
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The chapters in this book focus on using an array of different Web 2.0 technologies and web-enabled learning platforms to create technology-rich learning environments. These types of social learning technologies can be used to build flexible and agile learning environments and foster collaborative learning activities for students. Whereas Web 1.0 i...
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Throughout human history, great thinkers have pondered the idea of happiness and what makes for happy people. In more recent history, increasing focus is being placed on happiness as one of the most sought after human qualities, both on a national level, on an organizational level, and on an individual level. For instance, beginning in 1972, the na...
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Increasing Student Engagement and Retention using Social Technologies: Facebook, e-portfolios and other Social Networking Services' uses case studies, surveys, and literature reviews to examine how these social media technologies are being used to improve writing and publishing skills in students, create engaging communities of practice, and how th...
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This article describes how universities can develop international partnerships.
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This article discusses how Malaysia has become the regional leader in international higher education in their geographical area.
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This articles discusses the importance of building global learning communities in higher education.

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This volume will explore the relevant issues of open education in higher education at the theory, policy, and practice levels and their intersections. This volume will discuss the purposes and types of open education, the different theoretical frameworks and models being utilized, the benefits gained, and the challenges encountere