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Keith C. Barton

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Department:  Curriculum and Instruction
Affiliations:  Curriculum Studies , Social Studies Education , Secondary Education , Center for International Education, Development and Research
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ABOUT ME
My work focuses on preparing students for civic life, and particularly on the role of history and social studies in democratic decision-making. My research examines students’ understanding of topics such as historical agency, historical significance, national identity, and human rights, and I’ve worked with teachers and students in the United States, Northern Ireland, Singapore, New Zealand, Macedonia, Colombia, and other countries. In addition to research with students, my work includes curriculum theory (such as Teaching History for the Common Good) and practical classroom applications, especially through portraits of exemplary teachers (as in Doing History: Investigating with Children in Elementary and Middle Schools). As a professor at Indiana University, I prepare candidates to teach history and social studies, as well as guiding doctoral students in the areas of curriculum, social studies, and history education. I have also served as a Visiting Professor at the University of Ulster, Victoria University (New Zealand), and the National Institute of Education (Singapore), and as a Fulbright Senior Specialist in New Zealand. In the United States, I have served on national committees of the National Assessment of Educational Progress, the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, the American Historical Association, National Geographic, and the National Council for the Social Studies, among others.

DEGREES
 
1994, Ed.D., Curriculum and Instruction, University of Kentucky, Lexington KY
1984, M.A., Anthropology, University of California, Los Angeles, CA  
1982, B. A., Anthropology, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY

PUBLICATIONS
  • Barton, K. C., Avery, P. G. (in press). Developing a democratic knowledge base for social studies education. In Bell, C. A., Gitomer, G.Handbook of research on teaching(5th ed.). Washington, DC: American Educational Research Association.
  • Barton, K. C. (in press). Legacies of the Chat-N-Nibble. In C. Woyshner (ed.), Leaders in educational studies: Social Studies. Rotterdam, Netherlands: Sense Publishers.
  • Barton, K. C. (in press). History education and teacher preparation in the United States. In E. Erdmann W. Hasberg (ed.), From historical research to school history: Problems, relations, challenges. Yearbook of the International Society for History Didactics, 33. Schwalbach, Germany: Wochenschau.
  • Barton, K. C. (2013). Lrarens lxa: Leta efter mnets krna.Pedagogiska magasinet(Magazine of the Swedish Teachers Union)4, 10-13.
  • Barton, K. C. (2013). Magic words: Writing as a tool for learning in the humanities.History and Social Studies Education Online, 2(1), 1-4.
  • Barton, K. C. (2012). Agency, choice and historical action: How history teaching can help students think about democratic decision making. Citizenship Teaching and Learning, 7, 131-142.
  • Barton, K. C. (2012). School history as a resource for constructing identities: Implications of research from the United States, Northern Ireland, and New Zealand. In M. Carretero (Ed.), History education and the construction of identities (pp. 93-107). Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing.
  • Barton, K. C. (2012). Expanding preservice teachers images of self, students, and democracy. In D. Campbell, M. Levinson, F. Hess (eds.), Making civics count: Citizenship education for a new generation (pp. 161-182). Cambridge, MA: Harvard Education Press.
  • Barton, K. C. (2012). Advantages and disadvantages of narrative in history. Proceedings of the International Conference on Learning and Understanding: How Students Learning History. Hsinchu, Taiwan: National Tsing Hua University.
  • Barton, K. C., McCully, A. W. (2012). Trying to see things differently: Northern Ireland students struggle to understand alternative historical perspectives. Theory and Research in Social Education, 40, 371-408.
  • Barton, K. C. (2012). Applied research: Educational research as a way of seeing. In A. McCully, G. Mills, C. van Boxtel (Eds.), The professional teaching of history: UK and Dutch perspectives (pp. 1-15). Coleraine, Northern Ireland: History Teacher Education Network.
  • Barton, K. C. (2011). Wars and rumors of war: Making sense of history education in the United States. In T. Taylor R. Guyver (eds.), History wars in the classroom: Global perspectives. Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing.
  • Barton, K. C. (2011). What role should fiction have in the U.S. history classroom" National History Education Clearinghouse Roundtable. Retrieved November 17, 2011, from http://teachinghistory.org/issues-and-research/roundtable/25284
  • Barton, K. C. (2011). Enriching young childrens understanding of time. Primary History, 59, 16-18.
  • Barton, K. C. (2011). History: From learning narratives to thinking historically. In W. B. Russell (Ed.), Contemporary social studies: An essential reader. Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing.
  • Yesilbursa, C. C., Barton, K. C. (2011). Preservice teachers attitudes toward the inclusion of heritage education in elementary social studies. Journal of Social Studies Education Research, 2(2), 1-21.
  • Levstik, L. S., Barton, K. C. (2011). Doing history: Investigating with children in elementary and middle schools. Fourth edition. New York: Routledge.
  • Barton, K. C., McCully, A. W. (2010). You can form your own point of view: Internally persuasive discourse in Northern Ireland students encounters with history. Teachers College Record, 112, 142-181.
  • Barton, K. C., James, J. H. (2010). Religion in history and social studies. Perspectives: Newsmagazine of the American Historical Association, 48(5).
  • Barton, K. C., McCully, A. W. (2010). Understanding history in Northern Ireland. Voices, Teachers College Record. Retrieved January 05, 2011, from http://thevoice.pressible.org/edlabteam/understanding-history-in-northern-ireland
  • Thornton, S. J., Barton, K. C. (2010). Can history stand alone" Drawbacks and blind spots of a disciplinary curriculum. Teachers College Record, 112, 2471-2495.
  • Barton, K. C. (2010). Historia e identidad: El reto de los investigadores pedaggicos. In R. M. . Ruiz, M. P. R. Gracia, P. L. D. Sanz, Metodologa de investigacin en Didctica de las Ciencias Sociales (pp. 13-28). Zaragoza, Spain: Institucin Fernando el Catlico.
  • Barton, K. C. (2010). Investigacin sobre las ideas de los estudiantes acerca de la historia. Revista Enseanza de las Ciencias Sociales, 9, 97-113.
  • Barton, K. C. (2010). What role should history departments play in teacher preparation" National History Education Clearinghouse Roundtable. Retrieved January 4, 2010, from http://teachinghistory.org/issues-and-research/roundtable/23868
  • Barton, K. C. (2009). Social studies, history, and geography. In R. A. Shweder, (Ed.) The child: An encyclopedic companion (pp. 924-925). Chicago: University of Chicago Press.
  • Barton, K. C. (2009). Home geography and the development of elementary social education, 1890-1930. Theory and Research in Social Education, 37, 484-514.
  • Barton, K. C. (2009). Providing elementary teachers with experience with childrens thinking in social studies. In E. Heilman (Ed.), Social studies and diversity education: What we do and why we do it (pp. 312-315). New York: Routledge.
  • Barton, K. C., McCully, A. W. (2009). When history teaching really matters-Understanding the impact of school intervention on students neighbourhood learning in Northern Ireland. International Journal of Historical Learning, Teaching and Research, 8, 28-46.
  • van Hover, S., Barton, K. C. (2009). Foreword: Contribution to social studies. In E. Heilman (Ed.), Social studies and diversity education: What we do and why we do it (p. xvii). New York: Routledge.
  • Barton, K. C. (2009). How to make history education meaningless. In L. Symcox A. Wilschut (Eds.), National history standards: The problem of the canon and the future of teaching history (pp. 265-282). Greenwich, CT: Information Age Publishing.
  • Levstik, L. S., Barton, K. C. (2008). Researching history education: Theory, method, and context. New York: Routledge. Read a review at http://edrev.asu.edu/essays/v12n5index.html
  • Barton, K. C., Levstik, L. S. (2008). History. In J. Arthur, C. Hahn, I. Davies (Eds.), Handbook of education for citizenship and democracy. (pp. 355-366). London: Sage.
  • Barton, K. C. (2008). Students ideas about history. In L. S. Levstik C. A. Tyson (Eds.), Handbook of research in social studies education (pp. 239-258). New York: Routledge.

PRESENTATIONS
  • Barton, K. C. (2012, October). Teaching and learning about historical agency: Implications of research with secondary students. Presentation to The International Didactics of History, Geography and Citizenship Education Symposium, Laval University, Quebec.
  • Barton, K. C. (2012, May). Magic words and dialogues: Strategies to teach history and social studies. Presentation to the Humanities Educators Conference 2012, Singapore.
  • Barton, K. C. (2012, May). Preparing students for inquiry learning: Motivation and scaffolding. Presentation to the Humanities Educators Conference 2012, Singapore.
  • Barton, K. C. (2012, May). Can history teach us to care about each other" Presentation to Preparing young people to live and work in society: The role of education conference, Sharing Education Programme, Queens University, Belfast.
  • Barton, K. C. (2012, March). Remembrance, identity, and education: How should young people learn about the past" Presentation to Commemorating 1916, the Battle of the Somme and World War I: Questions for Education conference, St. Patricks College, Drumcondra, Dublin.
  • Barton, K. C. (2011, July). History, identity, and the school curriculum in pluralist societies: Comparative research from the United States, Northern Ireland, and New Zealand. Paper presented to the annual meeting of the History Educators International Research Network, Braga, Portugal.
  • Barton, K. C. (2011, October). How can social studies prepare students for democratic civic participation" Presentation to College of Education, University of Missouri.
  • Research in the round: Researchers examining the same data from various methodological and theoretical positions. Symposium at the annual meeting of the College and University Faculty Assembly of the National Council for the Social Studies, Washington, DC.
  • Barton, K. C., Gambill, R., Hagan, H. N. (2011, November). We dont have much history: New Zealand students and the study of the national past. Paper presented to the annual meeting of the College and University Faculty Assembly of the National Council for the Social Studies, Washington.
  • Can we move beyond scholarship that is weak, isolated, and incestuous" Creating a more viable future for social studies research. Closing session at the annual meeting of the College and University Faculty Assembly of the National Council for the Social Studies, Washington, DC.
  • International research on social studies. Paper session at the College and University Faculty Assembly of the National Council for the Social Studies, Washington, DC.
  • Barton, K. C. (2011, October). History education and the construction of identities: Implications of research in the United States, Northern Ireland, and New Zealand. Presentation to College of Education, University of Missouri.
  • What happens when new teachers study students learning" Symposium at the College and University Faculty Assembly of the National Council for the Social Studies, Washington, DC.
  • Barton, K. C. (2011, July). Students understanding of agency and choice. Presentation to the XI Jornadas Internacionais de educao histrica, University of Minho, Portugal.
  • Barton, K. C. (2011, April). Teaching about historical agency: A conceptual overview. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, New Orleans.
  • Barton, K. C. (2011, October). Elicitation techniques: Getting people to talk about things they dont usually talk about. Presentation to College of Education, University of Missouri.
  • Contemporary social studies: An essential discussion. Symposium at the annual meeting of the College and University Faculty Assembly of the National Council for the Social Studies, Washington, DC.
  • James, J. H., Barton, K. C. (2011, April). Religious understandings of teachers and students: Developing a research agenda for the future. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, New Orleans.
  • Barton, K. C. (2011, July). Students understanding of agency and choice: Research findings from New Zealand secondary schools. Paper presented to the annual meeting of the History Teacher Educators Network, Roehampton University, London.
  • Barton, K. C. (2011, May). Religion and students identities: Implications for citizenship education. Paper presented to the 7th International CitizEd conference, Atlanta, May 2011
  • Barton, K. C. (2011, October). Expanding preservice teachers images of self, students, and democracy. Presentation to Civics 2.0: Citizenship Education for a New Generation, American Enterprise Institute, Washington, DC.
  • James, J. H., Barton, K. C. (2010, November). More religion" Paying attention to the pervasive role of religion in public schools. Paper presented to the College and University Faculty Assembly of the National Council for the Social Studies, Denver.
  • Is teaching open-mindedness pushing a liberal agenda" Symposium at the annual meeting of the College and University Faculty Assembly of the National Council for the Social Studies, Denver.
  • Barton, K. C. (2010, September). Identity, history and its implications for human rights approaches within the Northern Ireland context. Presentation to Human Rights and Democracy Education Seminar, Ballycastle, Northern Ireland.
  • Barton, K. C. (2010, August). History, identity, and the school curriculum in pluralist societies: Comparative research from the United States, Northern Ireland, and New Zealand. Paper presented at the 21st International Congress of Historical Sciences, Amsterdam.
  • Dilemmas in democratic education. Symposium of the Democratic Education Special Interest Group at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Denver.
  • Research on teaching the difficult areas: Ethics, morality, religion, and politics in the classroom. Symposium at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Denver.
  • Teaching history for the common good: A common lens on learning" Symposium at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association.
  • Barton, K. C. (2010, April). New Zealand student and historical agency. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Denver.
  • Barton, K. C. (2010, March). History education and identity: Challenges for researchers. Keynote presentation to the 21st International Symposium on Social Science Didactics, Zaragoza, Spain.

GRANT FUNDING
  • Teaching about human rights: International guidance for educators
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