Episode 156: Busing and Historical Empathy with Katherine Perrotta

In episode 156, Dan and Michael chat with Katherine Perrotta about her new article in Middle Level Learning titled, “Promoting Historical Empathy with the C3 Framework: Analyzing the Busing Controversy in United States History.”


Books, Articles and Other Amazing Resources

  1. Perrotta, K. Promoting historical empathy with the C3 Framework: Analyzing the busing controversy in United States history. Middle Level Learning, 68(2), 2-14. (MLL articles require NCSS log in)
  2. Michael mentioned the book – All Souls: A Family Story from Southie by Michael Patrick MacDonald
  3. WBUR series on busing in Boston – 
    1. Part 1: ‘It Was Like a Warzone’: Busing in Boston
    2. Part 2: Busing Left Deep Scars in Boston, Its Students
  4. Elizabeth Jennings story- Katie’s articles (via https://mercer.academia.edu/KatherinePerrotta and https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Katherine_Perrotta). Also see America’s First Freedom Rider by Jerry Mikorenda
  5. Slavery in New York- Slavery in New York: Time to Teach the Truth by Alan J. Singer, New York and Slavery by Ira Berlin and Leslie Harris (Eds), Emancipating New York by David Gellman, In the Shadow of Slavery by Leslie Harris, Gotham by Edwin Burrows and Mike Wallace,  African or American? Black Identity and Political Activism in New York City by Leslie Alexander (I can add more if needed)
  6. Kamala Harris/Joe Biden busing exchange
  7. Endacott, J. L., & Brooks, S. (2018). Historical empathy: Perspectives and responding to the past. The Wiley International Handbook of history teaching and learning, 203-225. I also write about Sheri Colby’s Historical Narrative Inquiry Model- see Energizing the History Classroom: Historical Narrative Inquiry and Historical Empathy by Sheri Colby Social Studies Research and Practice 3(3), 60-79. http://www.socstrpr.org/files/Vol%203/Issue%203%20-%20Winter,%202008/Practice/3.3.5.pdf
  8. A more extensive bibliography of historical empathy sources and my research on Elizabeth Jennings can be found here:https://elizabethjenningsproject.wordpress.com


Katherine Perrotta received her Ph.D. in Teaching and Learning with a concentration in Social Studies Education from Georgia State University.  She was a Provost Dissertation Fellow at GSU, and recipient of the 2017 John Laska Distinguished Dissertation Award in Teaching from the American Association for Teaching and Curriculum.  Her research on topics such as historical empathy, online teaching, student engagement, educational history, and history and social studies pedagogies have been published in leading journals such as The Journal of Social Studies Research, Social Studies Research and Practice, Middle Level Learning (a publication of the National Council for the Social Studies), The Social Studies, The Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, Curriculum and Teaching Dialogue, Vitae Scholasticae: The Journal of Educational Biography, and The American Educational History Journal.  Dr. Perrotta was a middle school social studies teacher in the New York City Department of Education and taught United States and World History undergraduate  survey courses at various institutions in the University System of Georgia.  Dr. Perrotta is an Assistant Professor of Middle Grades and Secondary Education at Mercer University Tift College of Education in Atlanta, Georgia. You can contact her via  @DrKAPerrotta,  LinkedInhttps://www.linkedin.com/in/katherine-perrotta-ph-d-6ba78515/, and Mercer University Tift College of Education faculty directory. You can view her work on Academia.edu and ResearchGate


We would like to thank Zack Seitz of Wylie High School (TX) and the University of North Texas for his editing skills. 

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