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Dr. John H Bickford

Dr. John H Bickford

Assistant Professor

Office: 2174 - Buzzard Hall
Phone: 217-581-7881
Fax: 217-581-6300
Email: jbickford@eiu.edu

John Bickford's Vita
I am a father and a husband. I am a teacher and a researcher. And, that's about it.

M & W: Noon to 1; T & TH: 10-11; or by appointment. 

Current Syllabi

Frequently Taught Courses

  • ELE3340:  Social Studies for the Elementary and Middle School
  • MLE4280:  Teaching Reading in the Middle-Secondary School
  • MLE4760:  Student-Social/Emotional Development in the Middle Grades
  • ELE5900:  Applied Action Research in Education
  • ELE5640:  Teaching and Supervision of Social Studies in Elementary and Middle School
  • MLE5110:  Principles and Procedures in the Middle-Level School
  • MLE5150:  Interdisciplinary Curriculum in the Middle Level Scool
  • MLE5270:  Content Area Literacy Instruction

Education

The University of Iowa, Iowa City
  • Ph.D., Social Studies Education, May, 2009
    • Dissertation title: Masculine Theme Expressions through Media Production in a Seventh Grade Social Studies Classroom; Dr. Bruce R. Fehn, Ph.D. advisor
    • Comprehensive areas: Social studies education; Gender, identity, and adolescence; History of sexuality
  • M.A., Secondary Education (social studies education), December, 2000
    • Endorsements: Secondary social studies in world history, American history, and psychology.
  • B.A., History, May, 1999 

Professional Organizations

  • National Council of the Social Studies 
  • Illinois Council for the Social Studies 
  • Association for Middle Level Education 
  • Association for Social Studies Educators

Speakers Bureau

For more information, please visit the Speakers Bureau Webpage.

SOCIAL STUDIES/HISTORY EDUCATION: Authentic instruction, authentic assessment, historical thinking/literacy. ADOLESCENCE: educational psychology of adolescence, expressions of gender and sexuality, identification of and proactive involvement in various forms of bullying, interactions with and understandings of media.

Research

  • Social studies/history education methodology and assessment
  • Elementary and middle level students' historical thinking and historical literacy
  • Historical (mis)representations within children's literature
  • Adolescents' social, emotional, and behavioral development

Selected Publications

  • Bickford, J. & Hunt, L. (forthcoming, Fall 2014).  Addressing the Historical (Mis)Representations within Trade Books about Native Americans. The Councilor: A Journal of the Social Studies, 75 (2). (Hunt was former undergraduate student.)
  • Bickford, J. & Rich, C. (forthcoming, March 2015). Scrutinizing and supplementing children’s literature about child labor. Social Studies Research & Practice10(1).
  • Bickford, J. & Rich, C. (2014a). Tradebooks' historical representation of Eleanor Roosevelt, Rosa Parks, and Helen Keller.  Social Studies Research and Practice, 9(1), 18-65.
  • Bickford, J. & Rich, C. (2014b). Examining the representations of slavery within children's literature. Social Studies Research and Practice, 9(1), 66-94.
  • Bickford, J. & Rich, C. (2014c).  Historical thinking and Common Core: Facilitating adolescents' scrutiny of the credibility of slave narratives.  The Councilor: A Journal of the Social Studies, 75(2), 1-14.
  • Bickford, J. (2013a). Original Political Cartoons: Authentic Instruction and Assessment. Saarbrucken, Germany: Lambert Academic Publishing.  (ISBN: 978-3-659-27227-1)
  • Bickford, J. (2013b). Examining historical (mis)representations of Christopher Columbus within children's literature. Social Studies Research and Practice, 8(2), 1-24.
  • Bickford, J. (2013c). Initiating historical thinking in elementary schools. Social Studies Research and Practice, 8(3), 60-77.
  • Wilton, M., & Bickford, J. (2013). An elementary school’s spiraled curriculum on Columbus: A case study. Middle Ground Journal, 5, 1-30 (Wilton was former undergraduate student.)
  • Bickford, J. (2012a). Adolescent Masculinity and Media. Saarbrucken, Germany: Lambert Academic Publishing.  (ISBN: 978-3-8484-3605-7)
  • Bickford, J. (2012b). Original political cartoon methodology and adaptations. Social Studies Research & Practice,7(2), 91-101.
  • Schmitz, M., Hoffmann, M., & Bickford, J. (2012). Identifying cyberbullying, connecting with students: The promising possibilities of teacher-student social networking.  Eastern Educational Journal, 41(1), 16-30(Schmitz was former undergraduate student; Hoffmann was former graduate student.)
  • Bickford, J. & Wilton, M. (2012). Historicizing Christopher Columbus for elementary and secondary students. World History Connected, 9(2), 1-36. (Wilton was former undergraduate student.)
  • Bickford, J. (2011a). Students’ original political cartoons as teaching and learning tools. Social Studies Research & Practice,6(2), 47-59.
  • Bickford, J. (2011b).  A comparative analysis of two methods for guiding discussions surrounding controversial and unresolved topics.  Eastern Educational Journal, 40(1), 33-47.
  • Bickford, J. (2011c). A comparative analysis of original political cartoon methodology: Concept maps and substitution lists. Social Studies Research and Practice, 6(3), 65-80.
  • Bickford, J. (2010a). Complicating students’ historical thinking through primary source reinvention. Social Studies Research & Practice, 5(2), 47-60.
  • Bickford, J. (2010b). Uncomplicated technologies and erstwhile aids: How PowerPoint, the Internet, and political cartoons can elicit engagement and challenge thinking in new ways. The History Teacher, 44(1), 51-66.

Selected Conference Presentations

  •  J. H. Bickford (April, 2013). “Authentic assessment in social studies: Original political cartoon methodology,” Edwardsville, IL: Illinois Council for the Social Studies.
  • J. H. Bickford & C. Rich (April, 2013). “Evaluating, employing, and supplementing children’s history-based literature,” Edwardsville, IL: Illinois Council for the Social Studies.

Funding & Grants

  • 2014 (FY15) recipient of Redden Fund for the Improvement of Undergraduate Instruction – FY15 for work entitled “Common Core State Standards for Literacy in History-Based Children’s Literature”
  • 2014 recipient of Council on Faculty Research’s Summer Research/Creative Activity Award for research entitled, “Examining Historical (Mis)Representations within Children’s Literature: Guiding Elementary and Middle Level Instruction on the Holocaust and Thanksgiving.”
  • 2014 recipient of Provost’s Research Assistantship (for 2014-2015) for research entitled, “State and National Initiatives in Elementary and Middle Level English and History Curricula”
  • Received 2012 EIU's Achievement and Contribution Award Winner for Research
  • 2012 recipient of CEPS Development Grant for Faculty Research 
  • 2010 recipient of Redden Grant ($1,500) for classroom materials in ELE3340 and MLE4280 
  • 2010 recipient of EIU Student Government Student’s Distinguished Professor Award for Academic Support

Mentored various undergraduate students' research:
  • Mentored Ms. L. Hunt’s receipt of Booth Library’s 2014 Award for Excellence in Student Research and Creative Activity for research entitled, “Examining the Historical Representations of Native Americans within Children’s Literature.”
  • Mentored Ms. M. Briscoe’s presentation at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research (at the University of Kentucky in spring, 2014).
  • Mentored Ms. D. Dilley’s presentation at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research (at the University of Kentucky in spring, 2014).
  • Mentored Ms. V. Metz’s presentation at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research (at the University of Kentucky in spring, 2014).
  • Mentored Ms. V. Metz’s 2014 Showcase EIU presentation entitled “Accuracy of and Representation within the Historical Content of Children’s Literature.”
  • Mentored Ms. V. Metz’s fall 2013 successfully funded grant from CEPS Development Grant for Faculty and Student Research for research entitled “Accuracy of and Representation within the Historical Content of Children’s Literature.”
  • Mentored Ms. M. Briscoe’s fall 2013 successfully funded grant from CEPS Development Grant for Faculty and Student Research for research entitled “Examining and Supplementing the Historical Representation of the Civil Rights Movement within Children’s Literature.”
  • Mentored Ms. D. Dilley’s fall 2013 successfully funded grant from CEPS Development Grant for Faculty and Student Research for research entitled “Investigating Amelia Earhart in Children’s Literature.”
  • Mentored Ms. V. Metz’s fall 2013 application for Undergraduate Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity grant entitled, “Examining the Historical Representation of Abraham Lincoln within Children’s Literature.”
  • Mentored Ms. M. Briscoe’s fall 2013 application for Undergraduate Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity grant entitled, “Exploring the Historical Representation of the Civil Rights Movement within Children’s Books.”
  • Mentored Ms. D. Dilley’s fall 2013 application for Undergraduate Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity grant entitled, “Examining how Children’s Literature Historically Represents Amelia Earhart.”
  • Mentored Mr. T. Mathieu’s 2012 application for Undergraduate Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity grant.
  • In conjunction with Dr. Cindy Rich (EIU, Teaching with Primary Sources) and 3340:001 (spring, 2011), submitted students’ lesson/unit plans for consideration for publication on the website for teacher-resources in the Library of Congress.
  • In conjunction with Dr. Cindy Rich (EIU, Teaching with Primary Sources), the Library of Congress, & WEIU (2010). Constant motion: The job of railway post office clerks. Charleston, Illinois: WEIU and EIU Teaching with Primary Sources.
  • Mentored Ms. M. Walsh’s poster presentation at Showcase EIU (spring semester, 2010) entitled, “Teacher’s Guide:  Christopher Columbus Revealed”
  • Mentored Ms. M. Medenblik’s poster presentation at Showcase EIU (spring semester, 2010) entitled, “Why Teach Malcolm X?”
  • Mentored Ms. M. Walsh’s receipt of the Booth Library Award for Excellence in Student Research and Creative Activity (spring, 2010) for project entitled, “Christopher Columbus Revised: A Casebook and Unit Plan.”
  • Mentored Ms. M. Walsh’s receipt of Undergraduate Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity (summer, 2010) grant.
  • Mentored Ms. M. Medenblik’s 2010 application for Undergraduate Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity grant.
  • Mentored Ms. T. Kennedy’s 2010 application for Undergraduate Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity grant.
  • Mentored Ms. M. Bassett’s 2010 application for Undergraduate Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity grant.


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