College of Education and Human Development

Department of Educational Psychology

Robert Tennyson

  • Professor Emeritus

Robert Tennyson

Areas of interest

  • Cognitive processes in reading comprehension
  • Change of pre-existing beliefs and misconceptions
  • Technology-based comprehension interventions and assessments

Ph.D., Brigham Young University


Robert Tennyson is a professor emeritus of educational psychology and technology in learning and cognition.

Tennyson's published works range from basic theoretical articles on human learning to applied books on instructional design and technology. He has served as editor of the scientific journal, Computers in Human Behavior, published by Elsevier Science. 

Tennyson's research and publications include topics such as cognitive learning and complex cognitive processes, intelligent systems, complex-dynamic simulations, testing and measurement, instructional design, and advanced learning technologies. He has also worked on basic research in learning complex-advanced knowledge.

Tennyson's international activities have included directing a NATO-sponsored advanced research workshop in Barcelona and a NATO advanced study institute in Grimstad, Norway—both on the topic of automated instructional design and delivery. He also directed an institute on technology in Athens and Kuala Lumpur. His other international activities include twice receiving a Fulbright Research Award to Germany and once to Russia. Tennyson's teaching interests include psychology of learning, technology-based systems design, evaluation, and management systems.


Tennyson, R. D. (2002). Linking learning theories to instructional design, Educational Technology, 42(6), 7-12.

Tennyson, R. D. (2001). Interactive learning environments. Performance improvement, 40, 12-19.

Tennyson, R. D. (2001). Defining core competencies of an instructional technologist. Computers in Human Behavior, 17, 355-362.

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