Episode 188: Computational Thinking in Social Studies with Meghan Manfra, Tom Hammond, & Robert Coven

In episode 188, Dan and Michael chat with Meghan Manfra, Tom Hammond, and Robert Coven about their study published in Theory & Research in Social Education, “ Assessing computational thinking in the social studies.”

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  1. Manfra, M. M., Hammond, T. C., & Coven, R. M. (2022). Assessing computational thinking in the social studies. Theory & Research in Social Education, 50(2), 255-296.
    1. Data-Pattern-Rules heuristic
  2. Koehler, M., & Mishra, P. (2009). What is technological pedagogical content knowledge (TPACK)? Contemporary Issues in Technology and Teacher Education, 9(1), 60-70.
  3. Hammond, T. C., Oltman, J., & Manfra, M. M. (2019). Geo-computational thinking in the third grade: Making computational thinking truly “for everyone, everywhere.” In A. Magdy (Ed.), Proceedings of the 1st ACM SIGSPATIAL international workshop on geo-computational thinking in education (GeoEd’19). Association for Computing Machinery. https://doi.org/10.1145/ 3356393.3365369 
  4. Hammond, T. C., Oltman, J., & Manfra, M. M. (2020). Computational thinking and social studies teacher education: What, why, and how. In S. Keengwe (Ed.), Handbook of research on integrating computer science and computational thinking in k–12 education (pp. 1–16). IGI Global.
  5. https://www.gapminder.org/
  6. https://www.wikipedia.org/
  7. The Geography of Slavery data base from the Virginia Center for Digital History (http://www2.vcdh.virginia.edu/gos/); “The Story of Aaron” is an activity drawing a set of advertisements from this source (search for name = “Aaron” and subscriber = “Randolph”). This activity is sometimes used in teacher education or professional development settings to introduce sourcework and the construction of historical accounts. 
  8. Episode 87: Data Visualization & Literacy in Social Studies with Tamara Shreiner
  9. The resource for the economic data: James E. Rogers, A history of agriculture and prices in England: From the year after the Oxford parliament (1259) to the commencement of the continental; war (1793).  I believe it was originally published in 1863.

Biography

Meghan McGlinn Manfra (PhD) is a Professor of Social Studies Education in the Department of Teacher Education and Learning Sciences in the College of Education at North Carolina State University. She attended Elon College as a North Carolina Teaching Fellow and began her career as a high school history teacher. She completed a master’s degree (MA) in history at the University of North Carolina -Greensboro and received her doctorate (PhD) in education at the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill.  Dr Manfra’s research focuses on social studies teacher education, teacher professional learning, and the integration of digital technologies into instruction. Her recent grants include a Spencer Foundation research grant and the Library of Congress Consortium Partner grant.  She is the author of Action Research for Classrooms, Schools, and Communities and editor of the Handbook of Social Studies Research. She can be contact at: meghan_manfra@ncsu.edu

Tom Hammond (PhD) taught middle and high school social studies for 10 years before completing a doctorate in Instructional Technology at the University of Virginia. He is currently Associate Professor of Teaching, Learning, and Technology in Lehigh University’s College of Education. He sometimes posts computational thinking materials on his university website – Check it out! 

Robert Coven (PhD) ​​has been a college and high school history teacher for the past 25+ years. Prior to that he worked in international economics and architecture.  Robert received a B.A. in international business relations from U.C. Berkeley, a master’s in architecture from U.W. Milwaukee, a master’s in the history of industrial societies from U. Delaware, and a certificate of advanced research and a master’s in American cultural history from U. Chicago,. He completed a PhD in curriculum and instruction at NCSU.  Robert teaches a  wide range of high school courses at Cary Academy, including the history of science and technology, cliometrics, urban history, art history, ancient world history, American history, philosophy, and architecture. Most recently I developed a course in which students explore multiple modes of inquiry—ones that are used in the arts, humanities, social sciences, business, and STEM fields—in pursuit of independent projects. He can be contacted at robert_coven@caryacademy.org

Episode 187:  Teaching Historical Reading & Civic Online Reasoning with Sarah McGrew

In episode 187, Dan and Michael chat with friend of the pod Sarah McGrew about her study published in Theory & Research in Social Education, “Bridge or byway? Teaching historical reading and civic online reasoning in a US history class.”

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Episode 186: A Critical Place-based Partnership for Antiracist Elementary Social Studies Teacher Education with Emma Thacker and Aaron Bodle

In episode 186, Dan and Michael chat with friend of the pod Emma Thacker and Aaron Bodle about their study published in Theory & Research in Social Education, “Seizing the moment: A critical place-based partnership for antiracist elementary social studies teacher education.”

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Episode 184: The State of Social Studies Teacher Education Research with Lightning Jay

In episode 184, Dan and Michael chat with Lightning Jay about his study published in Theory & Research in Social Education, “The disciplinary and critical divide in social studies teacher education research: A review of the literature from 2009–2019.”

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Episode 183: Civic-oriented Practices of Black Male Teacher-Coaches with Daniel Thomas III

In episode 183, Dan and Michael chat with Daniel Thomas III about his study published in Theory & Research in Social Education, “‘If I can help somebody”: The civic-oriented thought and practices of Black male teacher-coaches.”

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Episode 182: Third-grade Students’ Sensemaking about Enslavement with Ryan Hughes

In episode 182, Dan and Michael chat with Ryan Hughescal about his study published in Theory & Research in Social Education, “‘What is slavery?’: Third-grade students’ sensemaking about enslavement through historical inquiry.”

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  1. Hughes, R. E. (2022). “What is slavery?”: Third-grade students’ sensemaking about enslavement through historical inquiry. Theory & Research in Social Education, 50(1), 29-73.
  2. Your Name Is a Song by Jamilah Thompkins-Bigelo
  3. Davis, K. C. (2016). In the shadow of liberty: The hidden history of slavery, four presidents, and five Black lives. Henry Holt and Company
  4. Learning for Justice Teaching American Slavery
  5. Jay, B., & Lyerly, C. L. (Eds.). (2016). Understanding and teaching American slavery. University of Wisconsin Press.
  6. Ryan Hughes–“What is slavery?” on the Theory & Research in Social Education YouTube page

Biography

Ryan Hughes teaches courses in elementary school social studies methods focused on preparing early career teachers to teach social studies through inquiry. His research interests include students’ disciplinary thinking in history, inquiry pedagogy, and how students connect their study of the past to their own lives and identities in the present. His most recent research project explored how third grade students in the Midwest learned difficult African American history (i.e., enslavement) through inquiry. A native of the San Francisco Bay Area, Ryan taught elementary school in San Francisco for eight years prior to his doctoral studies.

Episode 180: Cultural citizenship in fifth-grade social studies with Anna Falkner & Katherina Payne

Episode 180: Cultural citizenship in fifth-grade social studies with Anna Falkner & Katherina Payne

In episode 180, Dan and Michael chat with Anna Falkner and Katherina Payne about their publication in Theory & Research in Social Education titled, ““Courage to take on the bull”: Cultural citizenship in fifth-grade social studies.”

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Episode 179: Building 21st Century School Communities with Catherine Kramer, Amanda Lester, and Kristen Wilcox

In episode 179, Dan and Michael chat with Catherine Kramer, Amanda Lester, and Kristen Wilcox about their publication in Theory & Research in Social Education titled, “College, career, and civic readiness: Building school communities that prepare youth to thrive as 21st century citizens.”

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Episode 178: Feminist social studies teachers with Kaylene Stevens

In episode 178, Dan and Michael chat with Kaylene Stevens about her new publication in Theory & Research in Social Education titled, “How the 2016 US presidential election and the #MeToo movement impacted feminist social studies teachers.”

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Episode 177: Standardizing Indigenous Erasure with Leilani Sabzalian, Sarah Shear, & Jimmy Snyder

In episode 177, Michael and Dan chat with Leilani Sabzalian, Sarah Shear, & Jimmy Snyder about their new publication in Theory & Research in Social Education titled, “Standardizing Indigenous erasure: A TribalCrit and QuantCrit analysis of K–12 US civics and government standards.”

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