Lauren Harris

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Biography

Lauren McArthur Harris is an associate professor of history education with a joint appointment in the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College and the School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies. Her work focuses on representations of history in curricular resources and investigates how teachers teach history in schools. Professor Harris is a former ninth grade world history teacher in Arlington, VA. She has published in journals such as Cognition and InstructionTheory and Research in Social Education, and the Journal of Curriculum Studies. Harris is an associate editor for the journal Education Policy Analysis Archives and serves on the editorial board of Theory and Research in Social Education. She is co-editor with Scott Metzger of the "Wiley International Handbook of History Teaching and Learning" (2018).

Education

  • Ph.D. Educational Studies, University of Michigan
  • M.Ed.  Secondary Social Studies Education, George Mason University
  • B.A.. History, Colorado College

 

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Research Interests

Guiding Research Questions:

  • How do curricular resources represent history content and pedagogies?
  • How do history teachers make decisions about what to teach in an increasingly interconnected world?
  • In what ways do teachers teach "difficult histories"?

Current Research Projects:

Harris is currently working with Brian Girard at The College of New Jersey to investigate how secondary history teachers make choices about what history content to teach. The project involves a survey and interviews with history teachers in several states.

Following recent work on an interdisciplinary research project on the ethics and practice of teaching comparative genocide (see Harris, Reid, Benkert, & Bruner, 2019), Harris is beginning work on an edited book on the teaching of difficult histories. The book aims to build on theory and empirical research to include pedagogies and considerations for teaching difficult histories such as genocides and slavery.

Harris is working with a research team to investigate the nature and quality of history resources on a popular online curricular site.

Publications

Harris, L. M., Reid, S. F., Benkert, V., & Bruner, J. (2019). Investigating comparative genocide teaching in two high school classrooms. Theory & Research in Social Education, 47(4), 497-525. https://doi.org/10.1080/00933104.2019.1635058

Halvorsen, A., Harris, L. M., & Doornbos, L., Missias, M.T. (2019). Community in context: Professional development for teaching historical inquiry. Teacher Education Quarterly, 42(2), 81-113.

Metzger, S. A. & Harris, L. M. (Eds.). (2018). Wiley international handbook of history teaching and learning. West Sussex, UK: John Wiley & Sons, Inc. Website

Girard, B. & Harris, L.M.+ (2018). Global and world history education. In Metzger, S.A. & Harris, L.M. (Eds.), Wiley international handbook of history teaching and learning. West Sussex, UK: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

Harris, L. M. (2017). Six degrees of the Mongol Empire: Using thought experiments to prepare world history teachers. The History Teacher50(3). 381-401. http://www.societyforhistoryeducation.org/pdfs/M17_Harris.pdf

Harris, L. M., Shreiner, T. L., & *Hoelting, M. (2017). Examining an ambitious world history teacher’s knowledge for planning. Journal of Social Studies Research41(2)117-130. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jssr.2016.08.003

Harris, L. M., Hutchinson, M., Benkert, V., Bruner, J., Lundin, A. E. (2017). Teaching, learning, and researching genocide comparatively. World History Connected, 14(2). Available: http://worldhistoryconnected.press.illinois.edu/14.2/forum_bruner.html

Bruner, J., Benkert, V., Harris, L. M., Hutchinson, M., & Lundin, A. E. (2017). Developing a critical comparative genocide method. World History Connected, 14(2). Available: http://worldhistoryconnected.press.illinois.edu/14.2/forum_harris.html

Harris, L. M., Halvorsen, A., & *Aponte-Martinez, G. J. (2016). "[My] family has gone through that": How high school students determine the trustworthiness of historical documents. Journal of Social Studies Research, 40(2), 109-121. http://dx.doi:10.1016/j.jssr.2015.06.007

Halvorsen, A., Harris, L. M., *Aponte-Martinez, G. J., & *Frasier, A. (2016). Does students’ heritage matter in their performance on and perceptions of historical reasoning tasks? Journal of Curriculum Studies, 48(4), 457-478http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00220272.2015.1092585

Hutchinson, M.J., & Harris, L. M. (2016). Listening for history: Using jazz music as a primary source. Social Education80(3), 134-140.

Harris, L. M., Wirz, J. P., Hinde, E. R., Libbee, M. (2015). Exploring teachers’ use of resources to integrate geography and history. Journal of Geography, 114(4), 158-167. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00221341.2014.959986

Harris, L. M. (2014). Making connections for themselves and their students: Examining teachers’ organization of world history. Theory and Research in Social Education42(3), 336-374. DOI: 10.1080/00933104.2014.937547. http://www.tandfonline.com/eprint/WYAwubfyrC5pWEjy9MBg/fu

Harris, L. M. and Girard, B. (2014). Instructional significance for teaching history: A preliminary framework. Journal of Social Studies Research, 38(4), 215-225.http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jssr.2014.02.003

Harris, L. M. and Shreiner, T. L. (2014). Why can’t we just look it up?  Using concept formation lessons to teach global patterns and local cases in world history. World History Connected, 11(2). Available: http://worldhistoryconnected.press.illinois.edu/11.2/harris.html

Girard, B. and Harris, L. M. (2013). Considering world history as a space for developing global citizenship competencies. The Educational Forum77(4), 438-449. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00131725.2013.822042

Harris, L. M. (2012).  Conceptual devices in the work of world historians. Cognition and Instruction30(4), 312-358. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/07370008.2012.716884

Girard, B. and Harris, L. M. (2012). Striving for disciplinary literacy instruction: Cognitive tools in a world history course. Theory and Research in Social Education, 40(3), 230-259. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00933104.2012.705183

Harris, L. M. and Bain, R. B. (2011).  Pedagogical content knowledge for world history teachers: What is it? How might prospective teachers develop it?  The Social Studies102(1), 9-17. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00377996.2011.532724

Harris, L. M. and Hamilton, S. (2009). “Challenges and opportunities: Reflections on teaching big history discussion sections,” World History Connected6(3). Available: http://worldhistoryconnected.press.illinois.edu/6.3/hamilton.html

Courses

Spring 2020
Course Number Course Title
DCI 799 Dissertation
Fall 2019
Course Number Course Title
HST 480 Mthd Tch Hist: Clsrm Resources
SED 494 Special Topics
DCI 790 Reading and Conference
EPA 792 Research
DCI 792 Research
Spring 2019
Course Number Course Title
TEL 780 Practicum
TEL 791 Seminar
TEL 799 Dissertation
Fall 2018
Course Number Course Title
TEL 780 Practicum
DCI 790 Reading and Conference
TEL 791 Seminar
EPA 792 Research
DCI 792 Research
TEL 799 Dissertation
Summer 2018
Course Number Course Title
TEL 780 Practicum
TEL 791 Seminar
Spring 2018
Course Number Course Title
HST 480 Mthd Tch Hist: Clsrm Resources
TEL 780 Practicum
TEL 791 Seminar
TEL 792 Research
Fall 2017
Course Number Course Title
HST 480 Mthd Tch Hist: Clsrm Resources
DCI 790 Reading and Conference
TEL 792 Research
Spring 2017
Course Number Course Title
SED 480 Spec Mthds Teaching Soc Studie
HST 480 Mthd Tch Hist: Clsrm Resources
Fall 2016
Course Number Course Title
HST 480 Mthd Tch Hist: Clsrm Resources
SED 494 Special Topics
Spring 2016
Course Number Course Title
SED 480 Spec Mthds Teaching Soc Studie
HST 481 Mthd Tch Hist: Comm Resources
Fall 2015
Course Number Course Title
HST 481 Mthd Tch Hist: Comm Resources
SED 494 Special Topics

Honors/Awards

2014 Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College Faculty Achievement Award: Promising Research Scholar, Arizona State University

Editorships

Associate Editor, Education Policy Analysis Archives (2017-2022) http://epaa.asu.edu/ojs/

Editorial Board, Theory & Research in Social Education (2016-present) http://www.tandfonline.com/loi/utrs20

Professional Associations

American Educational Research Association (Division K; Teaching History SIG; Social Studies Research SIG), Arizona Council for History Education, Arizona Council for the Social Studies, National Council for History Education, National Council for the Social Studies: College and University Faculty Assembly, Phi Alpha Theta National History Honor Society, Society for History Education

Service

(Selected)

2015-present  National Advisory Board Member, The Society for History Education

2011-present  Course Coordinator, Special Methods in Teaching Social Studies (SED 480) and Methods of Teaching Social Studies in Secondary Schools (SED 494). Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College, Arizona State University.

2018-2019   Lead Strategist, Secondary Education Program, Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College, Arizona State University

2012-2018  Board Member, Arizona Council for History Education.

2017-2018   Chair, Curriculum Committee, Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College, Arizona State University

2015-2016     Secretary/Treasurer, AERA Teaching History Special Interest Group (SIG)

2014-2015     Chair, AERA Teaching History Special Interest Group (SIG)

2014-2015       Member, Social Studies Search Committee. Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College, Arizona State University.

2013-2015       Selection Committee Member, National Council for the Social Studies Grant for the Enhancement of Geographic Literacy

2013-2014       Program Chair, AERA Teaching History Special Interest Group (SIG)

2012-2014       Representative, National Council for the Social Studies House of Delegates, CUFA representative.

 

 

 

 

Graduate Faculties / Mentoring History

Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College

School of Historical, Philosophical, and Religious Studies