In Episode 124, Dan and Michael talk with Drs. Carolyn Weber and Sarah Montgomery about their new article published in Theory & Research in Social Education, “The emergence of elementary citizenship education: Insights from Iowa’s rural schools, 1910–1935.” It is kind of like that West Wing episode where everyone is talking about that book about what life was like 100 years ago – except set in rural schools in Iowa.
Books, Articles and Other Amazing Resources
- Weber, C. A., & Montgomery, S. E. (2019). The emergence of elementary citizenship education: Insights from Iowa’s rural schools, 1910–1935. Theory & Research in Social Education, 47(2), 261-293.
- Nel Noddings has written a number of articles and books about ethics of care and feminist visions of citizenship, including: Noddings, N. (Ed.). (2005). Educating citizens for global awareness. New York, NY: Teachers College Press.
- Paley, V. G. (2009). You can’t say you can’t play. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.
- The article provides details about how an elementary citizenship curriculum written entirely by women social scientists was used as the basis for the Iowa K-6 curriculum. The curriculum promoted themes of peace, kindness, and gratitude: Cabot, E. L., Andrews, F. F., Coe, F. E., Hill, M., & McSkimmon, M. (1914). A course in citizenship and patriotism. Boston, MA: Houghton Mifflin. https://archive.org/details/acourseincitize00mcskgoog/page/n5
- Archival resources for this project were found at the The Center for the History of Rural Iowa Education and Culture (CHRIEC). Documents and items from one room school houses across the state of Iowa comprise the collection, some of which is fully online.
Carolyn A. Weber is an Assistant Professor of Middle Level Education in the Department of Curriculum & Instruction at the University of Northern Iowa. She teaches courses in Middle School Curriculum and Methods and Elementary Social Studies. Her research interests include the history of social studies and middle school teaching. An overview of her publications can be found at: https://works.bepress.com/carolyn-weber/
Sarah E. Montgomery is an Associate Professor of Elementary Education in the Department of Curriculum & Instruction at the University of Northern Iowa. She teaches courses in Elementary Social Studies, Literacy Methods, and Action Research. Her research interests center on democratic practice in elementary classrooms, literacy integrated social studies education, and the ways that Mindfulness practices can intersect with social studies, as well as support overall student and teacher well being. An overview of her publications can be found at: https://works.bepress.com/sarah_montgomery/