Episode 53: Teaching Difficult Knowledge with Jim Garrett

In episode 53, Michael and Dan discuss teaching difficult knowledge with Jim Garrett. One of the first things that we do is discuss what, exactly is difficult knowledge.

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Books, articles, lessons, and other amazing resources

  1. Check out Jim’s new book!
    1. Garrett, H.J. (2017) Learning to be in the World with Others: Difficult Knowledge and Social Studies Education. New York, NY: Peter Lang Publishing.

  2. Wondering about people’s resistance to facts (that Jim referenced), check out:
    1. Alcorn, M. (2013). Resistance to learning: Overcoming the desire not to know in classroom teaching. New York, NY: Palgrave MacMillan.
  3. Want to learn more even more political science? Check out:
    1. Flynn, D. J., Nyhan, B., & Reifler, J. (2017). The nature and origins of misperceptions: Understanding false and unsupported beliefs about politics. Political Psychology38(S1), 127-150
    2. Nyhan, B., & Reifler, J. (2010). When corrections fail: The persistence of political misperceptions. Political Behavior32(2), 303-330.
  4. To learn more about difficult knowledge, check out:
    1.  Britzman, D. P. (1998). “That lonely discovery”: Anne Frank, Anna Freud, and the question of pedagogy. Lost subject, contested objects: Toward a psychoanalytic inquiry of learning. Albany, NY: SUNY Press.
    2. Britzman, D. P. (2000b). If the story cannot end: Deferred action, ambivalence, and difficult knowledge. In R. I. Simon, C. Eppert, & S. Rosenberg (Eds.),
    3. Between hope and despair: Pedagogy and the remembrance of historical trauma (pp. 27–58). Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield.
    4. Pitt, A., & Britzman, D. (2003). Speculations on qualities of difficult knowledge in teaching and learning: An experiment in psychoanalytic research. International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education, 16(6), 755–776.
    5. Simon, R. I. (2014). A pedagogy of witnessing: Curatorial practice and the pursuit of social justice. Albany, NY: SUNY Press
  5. Want to read Jim’s article he wrote for Theory & Research in Social Education? Check out:
    1. Garrett, H. J. (2011). The routing and re-routing of difficult knowledge: Social studies teachers encounter When the Levees Broke.  Theory & Research in Social Education39(3), 320-347.
  6. Some articles/books about Discussion  & Controversial Issues:
    1. Hess, D. E., & McAvoy, P. (2014). The political classroom: Evidence and ethics in democratic education. New York, NY: Routledge.
    2. Hess, D. E. (2009). Controversy in the classroom: The democratic power of discussion. New York, NY: Routledge
    3. Parker, W. C., & Hess, D. (2001). Teaching with and for discussion. Teaching and teacher education17(3), 273-289

Contact

H. Jim Garret is an education professor at the University of Georgia. You can contact Jim on Twitter @HJamesGarrett or check out his website at the University of Georgia. Also, check out his new book!

Episode 52: Social Studies Research with TRSE editor Wayne Journell

In episode 52, Dan and Michael talk with Theory and Research in Social Education (TRSE) editor Wayne Journell and announce a partnership!

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Books, articles, lessons, and other amazing resources

  1. You can learn more about TRSE on the National Council for the Social Studies site: http://www.socialstudies.org/publications/theoryandresearch
  2. You can find current TRSE articles on the Taylor & Francis site: http://www.tandfonline.com/toc/utrs20/current
  3. Read Wayne’s “From the Editor” note to begin his tenure as TRSE editor in 2017: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/00933104.2016.1272328
  4. If you’re really bored, you can read Dan’s article with lead author Neil Houser and colleagues on how social studies teachers in Oklahoma deal with accountability-reform… it mentions Foucault: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/00933104.2016.1213213

Contact

Wayne Journell is an education professor at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. You can contact Wayne on Twitter @UNCGSocStudies or check out his website where you are steps away to reading more of his work.

Episode 40: The Social Studies Wars with Ron Evans

In episode 40, Dan and Michael interview Ron Evans of San Diego State University on the history of the social studies.

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Books, articles, lessons, and other amazing resources

  1. Evans, R. W. (2004). The social studies wars: What should we teach the children?. New York, NY: Teachers College Press.
  2. For more on the issues-centered approach in the social studies see: Evans, R. W., & Saxe, D. W. (1996). Handbook on Teaching Social Issues. NCSS Bulletin 93. National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS).
  3. Hertzberg, H. W. (1981). Social Studies Reform 1880-1980. Boulder, CO: SSEC Publications.
  4. The 1892 report Ron mentioned is the National Education Association’s “History Ten” (part of NEA’s “Committee of Ten”) chaired by Charles Kendall Adams which also included Woodrow Wilson, James Harvey Robinson and others. It was published in 1894.
  5. The American Historical Association’s (AHA) Committee of Seven met in 1899 and was similar to the History Ten, but pushed traditional history movement into secondary schools. It was much more highly adopted and recommended “four blocks” of history instruction: ancient, medieval, modern, and American. It sought to train students in the art of thinking historically
  6. In 1916, the NEA’s Committee on the Social Studies (part of NEA’s Commission on the Reorganization of Secondary Education) met and was headed by Sociologist Jesse James; It recommended a compromise between history and issues-centered social studies with the Problems of Democracy Course (POD) best representing the latter.
  7. Evans, R. W. (2007). This happened in America: Harold Rugg and the censure of social studies. Charlotte, NC: Information Age Press.
  8. The Council for Basic Education that Authur Bestor helped to found closed its doors in 2004 due to lack of funding.
  9. Jerome Bruner’s most influential work is his 1960 book, The process of education.
  10. Wikipedia has a short summary of Man: A Course of Study (MACOS), the Education Development Center maintains MACOSonline.org, and there’s even a documentary film about MACOS called “Through These Eyes“.
  11. Oliver, D. W., & Shaver, J. P. (1966). Teaching public issues in the high school. Boston, MA: Houghton Mifflin.
  12. Writings helped lead to reform and included Rudolf Flesch’s 1955 book Why Johnny Can’t Read and then eventually accountability-reform with the National Commission on Education’s “A Nationa at Risk” report.
  13. Evans, R. W. (2014). Schooling corporate citizens: How accountability reform has damaged civic education and undermined democracy. New York, NY: Routledge.
  14. See Episode 36 for more on David Berliner’s contention that the American educational crisis is simply a “Manufactured Crisis”
  15. You can learn more about the National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) for social studies teachers and the university-level social studies organization College and University Faculty Assembly (CUFA).

Contact 

Ron Evans is a leading authority on social studies and curriculum history. He is a Professor in the School of Teacher Education at San Diego State University. You can find more info about him and his work on his site RonaldWEvans.wordpress.com, buy his books on his Amazon author page, and you can friend him on Facebook for more updates.

Episode 35: Media Literacy & Fake News with Renee Hobbs and Annie Jansen

In episode 35, Michael and Dan chat with past guest Renee Hobbs and AP Government teacher Annie Jansen about Media Literacy and fake news.

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Books, articles, lessons, and other amazing resources

  1. Renee Hobbs is the Director of the the Media Education Lab (mediaeducationlab.com) which advances the practice of media literacy education through scholarship and community services. At the website, you can find multimedia curriculum resources, F2F and fully online professional development, and published research that examines the impact of digital and media literacy education.
  2. Renee’s “Credible or Incredible” lesson plan is available as a PDF, part of Assignment: Media Literacy, a comprehensive K-12 curriculum on media literacy developed by Renee Hobbs for the Maryland State Department of Education with support from Discovery Communications: http://mediaeducationlab.com/secondary-school-unit-2-who-do-you-trust; Here’s the link to the PDF that’s at the top right hand corner of the screen: http://mediaeducationlab.com/sites/mediaeducationlab.com/files/AML_H_unit2.pdf
  3. Check out an NPR interview with Professor Sam Wineburg from Stanford University  about his study about students and fake news.
  4. Renne Hobbs is no stranger to Visions of Education! Check out Episode 7: Propaganda with Renee Hobbs!
  5. Annie recommends the following sites:
    1. Fake or Real? How to self check the news and get the facts by Wynne Davis (NPR): http://www.npr.org/sections/alltechconsidered/2016/12/05/503581220/fake-or-real-how-to-self-check-the-news-and-get-the-facts (Scholarly Article)
    2. Critical Media Literacy is Not and Option By Douglas Kellner and Jeff Share (UCLA) https://pages.gseis.ucla.edu/faculty/kellner/essays/2007_Kellner-Share_CML-is-not-Option.pdf (Scholarly Article)
    3. Transforming Teaching and Learning Through Critical Media Literacy Pedagogy: http://www.learninglandscapes.ca/images/documents/ll-no12/garcia.pdf (Scholarly Article)
    4. Online module Annie and Nate Bowling are using for her media unit: https://tps10-my.sharepoint.com/personal/ngibbs_tacoma_k12_wa_us/_layouts/15/WopiFrame.aspx?guestaccesstoken=9x5NuyCIH%2bx%2fGfwhWFo5%2bO5R%2fzG%2bRhNfVzahwb%2bAA78%3d&folderid=0b245acca13d64f2e902d7c3cfc9960e6&action=view

Contact 

Renee Hobbs is Professor of Communication Studies and Director of the Media Education Lab at the University of Rhode Island.  You can contact her on Twitter @reneehobbs or check out her website… you’ll become more media literate just from visiting it.

Annie Jansen teaches AP Government and Politics in the state of Washington. You can contact her on Twitter!

Episode 32: A Reflection on the 2016 Presidential Election with Nate Bowling & Chris Hitchcock

In a free-ranging panel discussion about how the Presidential election 0f 2016 has impacted their classrooms, Michael and Dan are joined by former guest Nate Bowling and upcoming guest Chris Hitchcock.

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  1. Check out episode 26 where we chat with Nate about school equity and resources.
  2. Check out episode 33 (upcoming) with guest Chris Hitchcock!
  3. Nate’s approach to helping his students digest the 2016 election was recently highlighted by King 5 (an NBC affiliate).
  4. Nate was also featured on his local NPR station discussing the impact of the election.
  5. Want to learn about Nate’s approach to teaching government? Check out this piece from KUOW.org!
  6. You can find more about Nate’s work on his site: http://www.natebowling.com/

Contact

Nate Bowling currently teaches AP Government and Human Geography at Lincoln High in the Tacoma School District in Washington state. You can contact him on Twitter at @Nate_Bowling.

Chris Hitchcock teaches world history at an online school. She is also a co-moderator of #sschat, a social studies focused Twitter group. And she was also recently awarded with the Jacobs Educator Award for her contributions to integrating technology with classroom learning. She will probably blush because we put this here. You can contact her via Twitter at @CHitch94.

Episode 25: Stanford History Education Group (SHEG) with Joel Breakstone

In episode 25, Michael and Dan discuss the Stanford History Education Group (SHEG) with their director Joel Breakstone.

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Books, articles, lessons, and other amazing resources

  1. SHEG website: https://sheg.stanford.edu/
  2. SHEG Beyond the Bubble assessment website: http://beyondthebubble.stanford.edu/
  3. SHEG’s Historical Thinking Matters website: http://historicalthinkingmatters.org/
  4. You can find magazine articles, research articles, and books about the research SHEG has done on their website, including the article Joel discussed in the podcast:
    1. Reisman, A. (2012). Reading Like a Historian: A document-based history curriculum intervention in urban high schoolsCognition and Instruction, 33(1), 86-112.

Contact

Joel Breakstone directs the Stanford History Education Group. He received his Ph.D. from the Stanford Graduate School of Education. Along with Mark Smith and Sam Wineburg, he led the development of SHEG’s assessment website, Beyond the Bubble. He received the Larry Metcalf Exemplary Dissertation Award from the National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) in 2014. He holds a B.A. in history from Brown University and a M.A. in Liberal Studies from Dartmouth College. After graduating college, he taught high school history in Thetford, Vermont, for six years. His research focuses on how teachers use assessment data to inform instruction (Bio on SHEG website). You can find him on Twitter @joelbreakstone.

Episode 21: Gender and education with Kathryn Engebretson

In episode 21, Dan and Michael talk with Kathryn Engebretson about gender and education.

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Books, articles, lessons, and other amazing resources

  1. The first chapter of Dana Goldstein’s 2014 book The Teacher Wars details the views of Horace Mann and Catharine Beecher on gender in the early common schools movement.
  2. The Declaration of Sentiments” (1848)
  3. Here is a good, short article that defines terminology along the gender spectrum: Kilman, C. (2013). The gender spectrum. Teaching Tolerance (44). Retrieved from  http://www.tolerance.org/gender-spectrum
  4. Wikipedia page on the Bechdel Test for movies: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bechdel_test
  5. Engebretson, K. E. (2014). Another Missed Opportunity: Gender in the National Curriculum Standards for Social Studies. Social Studies Research and Practice, 9(3), 21-34.

Contact

Kathryn Engebretson is an assistant professor of Curriculum and Instruction at Indiana University Bloomington. You can learn more about her work on her university page and you can tweet at her @engebretsonk.

 

Episode 15: Indigenous (Mis)Representations in U.S. History with Sarah Shear

In episode 15, Michael and Dan talk with Sarah Shear about Indigenous (Mis)Representations in U.S. History.

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Books, articles, lessons, and other amazing resources

  1. Here is a link to everything that Sarah Shear has written!  
  2. Zinn, H. (1980) A People’s History of America. New York: HarperCollins Publishers.
  3. Loewen, J. W. (1995). Lies my teacher told me: Everything your American history textbook got wrong. New York: New Press.
  4. Shear, S.B., Knowles, R.T., Soden, G., & Castro, A.J. (2015). Manifesting destiny: Re/presentations of Indigenous people in K-12 U.S. history curriculum. Theory & Research in Social Education, 43(1), 68-101.
  5. The quote Michael cited was “The past is a foreign country; they do things differently there.”It was written by British novelist L.P. Hartley and opens his 1953 novel The Go-Between. There is also a movie.
  6. Dunbar-OrtizR., Gilio-Whitaker, D. (Upcoming). “All the Real Indians Died Off”: And 20 other myths about Native Americans. Boston, MA: Beacon Press.
  7. Dunbar-OrtizR. (2015). An indigenous people’s history to the United States: ReVisioning American history. Boston, MA: Beacon Press.
  8. The National Museum of the American Indian – Sarah mentioned this as a great resource with curricular materials
  9. Stanford History Education Group (SHEG). Battle of Little Bighorn lesson.
  10. Visions of Education Episode 10: C3 Frameworks with Kathy Swan

Contact

Sarah Shear is Assistant Professor of Social Studies Education at Penn State Altoona (which is fun to say…Altoona!). She can be contacted via email  – sbs5180@psu.edu – or you can follow (and chat with) on twitter – @SbShear!

Episode 12: Using Films Effectively with Jeremy Stoddard

In episode 12, Michael and Dan interview Jeremy Stoddard about effectively using film in the classroom (and talk about Godzilla).

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Books, articles, lessons, and other amazing resources

  1. You can find a list of Jeremy’s pubs HERE and his open access publications HERE.
  2. This article provides a fantastic and brief introduction to teaching effectively with film: Stoddard, J. (2014). Teaching thoughtfully with and about film. Social Education, 78(5), 220-224.
  3. Jeremy references this study: Marcus, A. S., & Stoddard, J. D. (2007). Tinsel town as teacher: Hollywood film in the high school classroom. The History Teacher, 40(3), 303-330.
  4. A great book on using film: Marcus, A., Metzger, S., Paxton, R., and Stoddard, J. (2010). Teaching history with film: Strategies for secondary social studies. New York: Routledge.
  5. Jeremy’s newest book should be out next year!: Stoddard, J., Marcus, A., and Hicks, D. (Eds.) (forthcoming, 2017). Teaching Difficult History through Film. New York: Routledge.
  6. Hobbs, R. (2006). Non‐optimal Uses of Video in the ClassroomLearning, Media and Technology31(1), 35-50.

Contact

Jeremy Stoddard is an Associate Professor of Education and Associated faculty in the  film and media studies program at the College of William & Mary. You can follow Jeremy on Twitter @Jeremy_Stoddard, find more of his research on his ResearchGate or his sites listed above, and learn more about his work on his William & Mary site.

Episode 11: Rethinking Black History with LaGarrett King

In episode 11, Dan and Michael interview LaGarrett King about Rethinking Black History.

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Books, articles, lessons, and other amazing resources

  1. There are a number of books on the Tulsa Race Riots and Dan recommends the following: Hirsch, J. S. (2003). Riot and remembrance: The Tulsa race war and its legacy. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.
  2. King, L. J., & Womac, P. (2014). A Bundle of silences: Examining the racial representation of Black founding fathers of the United States through Glenn Beck’s founders’ Fridays. Theory & Research in Social Education, 42(1), 35-64.
  3. For more on Carter G. Woodson, see LaGarrett’s article: King, L. J., Crowley, R. M., & Brown, A. L. (2010). The forgotten legacy of Carter G. Woodson: Contributions to multicultural social studies and African American history. The Social Studies, 101(5), 211-215.
  4. bell hooks talks about her experiences as a student in segregated and integrated schools in the “Introduction” of her book, Teaching to transgress: Education as the practice of freedom.
  5. Dan recommends “The Problem We All Live With” podcast episode from This American Life to consider contemporary issues of segregation and integration.
  6. Michael recommends this lesson for teaching about women’s roles in the Civil Rights movement from The Choices Program lesson, “Freedom Now: The Civil Rights Movement in Mississippi.”

Contact

LaGarrett King is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Learning, Teaching, & Curriculum at the University of Missouri – Columbia. You can follow LaGarrett on Twitter @DrLaGarrettKing and find more of his research on his Academic.edu and ResearchGate pages.