Episode 90: Inquiring into Girls’ Access to Education with Heather Hagan & Carolyn Weber

In Episode 90, Michael and Dan talk with Heather Hagan and Carolyn Weber about their recent article published in Middle Level Learning titled, “The Global Challenge of Equal Access for Girls to an Education: An Investigation Using Inquiry” In this article, they discuss how educators can teach students about the rights young women have to an education in different countries around the world using the Inquiry Arc of the C3 Framework.

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Articles, Videos, and Other Resources

  1. You can view Heather’s Coastal Carolina University faculty page and Carolyn’s University of Northern Iowa faculty page .
  2. Hagan, H. & Weber, C. (2018). The Global Challenge of Equal Access for Girls to an Education: An Investigation Using Inquiry. Middle Level Learning, 61. 1-17. (for non-subscribers, see Middle Level Learning January/February 2018)
  3. Tips for Integration:
    1. Talk to teachers in other content areas and see if there is room for integration
    2. Be sure that the techniques are authentic, and applicable for Social Studies, and other subject
  4. United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) webpage
    1. CRC fact sheets
    2. United Nations Girl Up
  5. Advice for teachers to build good inquiry lessons:
    1. Finding good sources
    2. Teaching students how to evaluate sources
  6. NCSS Annual Conference Information (where Carolyn & Heather will be presenting on evaluating sources)


Dr. Heather Hagan, Ph.D. graduated from University of Florida with her B.A. in Elementary Education and her M.Ed. in Special Education. After graduating she taught 5th grade in Tampa, Florida. In 2010, she returned to graduate school at Indiana University to pursue her Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction and a specialization in elementary social studies education. Her major research interests focus around integrating literacy and social studies. She completed her degree in 2015 and began her career at Coastal Carolina University.

Carolyn Weber, Ph.D. is Assistant Professor, Middle Level Education & Coordinator, Undergraduate Middle Level Education Dual Major Program at University of Northern Iowa. She graduated from Indiana University in 2012 with her PhD in Curriculum and Instruction. Her research interests include the history of social studies education, preservice teachers, and social studies pedagogy.

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