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John Bickford

Assistant Professor

M & W: Noon to 2:30 or by appointment. 

Areas of Expertise

  • Education
  • Gender Issues
  • History
  • Media
  • Pedagogy

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.


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 

Research Interests

  • 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

Contact Information

Phone: 217-581-5728

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