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Research Methods in Social Studies Education: Contemporary Issues and Perspectives

By: Keith C. Barton;

2006 / Information Age Publishing / 9781607525202


This volume fills a significant gap in the scholarship on social studies education by providing thoughtful reflections on research methods in the field. It is not a “how to” guide but an exploration of key issues related to the design and implementation of empirical studies. The authors are active researchers who use varied methods in diverse settings—including historical research, international comparative studies, survey research, interviews with students and teachers, classroom observations, self-studies and action research, and emancipatory methodologies. They use their own experiences to examine such topics as the conceptualization of research questions, relationships with participants, researchers’ identities, and elicitation of students’ and teachers’ thinking. This collection should become indispensable for both beginning and experienced scholars in social studies.


  • Contents
  • Ch 1: Introduction
  • Ch 2: Notes Toward a Historiography of the Social Studies: Recent Scholarship and Future Directions
  • Ch 3: Research, Race, and Social Education
  • Ch 4: The Lamp and the Mirror: Action Research and Self Studies in the Social Studies
  • Ch 5: Children as Co-Researchers: Developing a Democratic Research Practice with Children
  • Ch 6: Donning Wigs, Divining Feelings, and Other Dilemmas of Doing Research in Devoutly Religious Contexts
  • Ch 7: Comparative and International Social Studies Research
  • Ch 8: Combining Cognitive Interviews and Social Science Surveys: Strengthening Interpretation and Design
  • Ch 9: Capturing Candor: Accessing Teachers' Thinking About theCultivation of Historical Empathy
  • Ch 10: Oh, the Trouble We've Seen: Researching Historical Thinking and Understanding
  • Index