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Dr. John H. Bickford III

Associate Professor

Office: 2174 - Buzzard Hall
Phone: 217-581-5728
Email: jbickford@eiu.edu
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John Bickford III's Vita

Mon 7-8pm, Tues 10am-1pm, & W 10-11am

Current Syllabi

Frequently Taught Courses

  • ELE3340:  Social Studies for the Elementary and Middle School
  • ELE5640:  Teaching and Supervision of Social Studies in Elementary and Middle School
  • ELE5250: Research in Education
  • ELE5900:  Applied Action Research in Education 
  • ELE5950: Thesis
  • ELE/MLE4280:  Teaching Reading in the Middle-Secondary School
  • MLE4760:  Student-Social/Emotional Development in the Middle Grades
  • 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; 19th and 20th century American social history
  • 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 
  • Children's Literature Assembly (of National Council of Teachers of English)
  • International Research Society for Children's Literature
  • International Literacy Association
  • Association for Middle Level Education

Speakers Bureau

For more information, please visit the Speakers Bureau Webpage.

SOCIAL STUDIES/HISTORY EDUCATION: - Social studies/history education methodology and assessment, - Elementary and middle level students' historical thinking, history literacy, and historical argumentation - Historical (mis)representations within children's literature. ADOLESCENCE: - Adolescents' social, emotional, and behavioral development - Adolescents' expressions of gender, sexuality, and interactions with media, - Identification of and proactive involvement in various forms of bullying.

Research

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

Publications

  • Bickford, J. & Badal, T. (forthcoming, December 2016). Trade books’ historical representation of Eleanor Roosevelt, First Lady of the WorldSocial Studies Research and Practice, 11(3). (Badal was an undergraduate student.)
  • Bickford, J. & Knoechel, L. (forthcoming, October 2017). The historical representation of Native Americans within primary- and intermediate-level trade books. The Councilor: A Journal of the Social Studies, 78(2)(Knoechel was an undergraduate student.)
  • Bickford, J. (forthcoming, Fall 2017) Facilitating primary elementary students’ historical argumentation about Helen Keller and Anne Sullivan. The History Teacher.
  • Bickford, J. & Schuette, L. (2016). Trade books’ historical representation of the Black Freedom Movement, slavery through civil rights. Journal of Children’s Literature, 41(1), 20-43. (Schuette was a graduate student.)
  • Bickford, J. (2016). Integrating creative, critical, and historical thinking through close reading, document-based writing, and original political cartooning.  The Councilor: A Journal of the Social Studies, 77(1), 1-9.
  • Bickford, J. & Silva., K. (2016). Trade books' historical representation of Anne Sullivan Macy, The Miracle WorkerSocial Studies Research & Practice11(1), 56-72. (Silva was an undergraduate student.)
  • Bickford, J. & Bickford, M. (2015). Evoking students' curiosity and complicating their historical thinking through manageable, engaging confusion. The History Teacher, 49(1), 63-88.
  • Bickford, J. (2015). Assessing the historical (mis)representations of the Civil Rights Movement within children's literature. The History Teacher, 48(4), 693-736.
  • Bickford, J., Bickford, M., & Rich, C. (2015). Historical literacy and visual informational texts: Scrutinizing photographs beyond their borders. The Councilor: A Journal of the Social Studies, 76(2), 1-17.
  • Bickford, J., Schuette, L., & Rich, C. (2015). Examining the historical representation of the Holocaust within trade books.  Journal of International Social Studies, 5(1), 4-50. (Schuette was a graduate student.)
  • Bickford, J. & Bickford, M. (2015). Historical thinking, reading, and writing about the world's newest nation, South Sudan. Social Studies Research & Practice10(2), 111-123.
  • Bickford, J. & Rich, C. (2015a). Scrutinizing and supplementing children’s literature about child labor. Social Studies Research & Practice10(1), 21-40.
  • Bickford, J. & Rich, C. (2015b). Examining the historical representation of Thanksgiving within primary- and intermediate-children’s literature. Journal of Children’s Literature, 40(1), 5-21.
  • Bickford, J. Dilley, D., & Metz, V. (2015). Historical writing, speaking, and listening using informational texts in elementary curricula. The Councilor: A Journal of the Social Studies, 76(1), 1-16.  (Metz and Dilley were undergraduate students)
  • Bickford, J. & Hunt, L. (2014).  Common Core, informational texts, and the historical (mis)representation of Native Americans within trade books. The Councilor: A Journal of the Social Studies, 75(2), 1-16. (Hunt was an undergraduate student.)
  • Bickford, J. & Rich, C. (2014a). Tradebooks' historical representation of Eleanor Roosevelt, Rosa Parks, and Helen Keller.  Social Studies Research & Practice, 9(1), 18-65.
  • Bickford, J. & Rich, C. (2014b). Examining the representations of slavery within children's literature. Social Studies Research & 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 & Practice, 8(2), 1-24.
  • Bickford, J. (2013c). Initiating historical thinking in elementary schools. Social Studies Research & Practice, 8(3), 60-77.
  • Wilton, M. & Bickford, J. (2013). Examining a spiraled elementary curricula on Columbus: A case study. Middle Ground Journal, 5, 1-30 (Wilton was an 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 an undergraduate student; Hoffmann was a graduate student.)
  • Bickford, J. & Wilton, M. (2012). Historicizing Christopher Columbus for elementary and secondary students. World History Connected, 9(2), 1-36. (Wilton was an 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). Examining 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.

Funding & Grants

  • 2016 recipient of EIU's Achievement and Contribution Award Winner for Research
  • 2016 recipient of Council on Faculty Research’s Summer Research/Creative Activity Award for research entitled, “Examining Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Themes within Children’s and Young Adult Literature."
  • 2015 (FY16) recipient of Redden Fund for the Improvement of Undergraduate Instruction – FY16 for work entitled “Using History-Based Children's Literature to Meet Common Core State Standards.”
  • 2015 recipient of Provost's Undergraduate Research Mentor Award for College of Education and Professional Studies. 
  • 2015 recipient of Council on Faculty Research’s Summer Research/Creative Activity Award for research entitled, “The Historical (Mis)Representations of War within Children’s and Young Adult Literature.”
  • 2015 recipient of Summer Research Assistantship for research entitled, “Developing Curricular Materials for Teachers’ Implementation of State and National Initiatives.”
  • 2014 recipient of EIU's Achievement and Contribution Award Winner for Research
  • 2014 recipient of Council on Faculty Research’s Fall Research/Creative Activity Award for research entitled, “Examining the Historical Representation of Women's History and Black Freedom Movement within Children's Trade Books.”
  • 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”
  • 2012 recipient of 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 and graduate students' research:
  • M. Lindsay’s presentation at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research (at Memphis TN in spring, 2017).
  • Ms. J. Borah's publication on ReadWriteThink.org about the representation of LGBTQ characters and themes in fiction:  http://www.readwritethink.org/parent-afterschool-resources/activities-projects/afterschool-summer-reading-with-31205.html  
  • M. Lindsay’s (2016) receipt of Undergraduate Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity grant.
  • M. Lindsay’s (2016) successful grant application from CEPS Undergraduate Student Research Grant.
  • A. Minor’s (2016) successful grant application from CEPS Graduate Student Research Grant.
  • S. K. Sakowicz (2016). Researching the historical representations of Andrew Jackson in trade books.  Social Studies Research and Practice, 11(2), 33-50.
  • Ms. T. Badal’s poster presentation at Showcase EIU (spring semester, 2016) entitled, “Trade books’ historical representation of Eleanor Roosevelt, First Lady of the World.” 
  • Ms. L. Schuette’s fall 2015 receipt of CEPS Development Grant for Graduate Student Research for research entitled “The Historical Representation of Ancient Egypt within Children’s and Young Adult Literature.”
  • Ms. R. Diss’s fall 2015 receipt of CEPS Development Grant for Graduate Student Research for research entitled “Juxtaposing Primary- and Intermediate-Level Trade Books' Historical Representation of Amelia Earhart.”
  • Ms. L. Knoechel’s fall 2015 receipt of CEPS Development Grant for Undergraduate Student Research for research entitled “Exploring and Supplementing Local Teachers' Native American Curricula.”
  • Ms. K. Silva’s presentation at the Illinois Council for the Social Studies (3/6/2015).
  • Ms. L. Schuette’s presentation at the Illinois Council for the Social Studies (3/6/2015).
  • Ms. K. Sakowicz’s presentation at the Illinois Council for the Social Studies (3/6/2015).
  • Ms. K. Silva’s presentation at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research (at Cheney Washington in spring, 2015).
  • Ms. A. Dickerson’s  receipt of fall 2014 grant from CEPS Development Grant for Faculty and Student Research for research entitled “Investigating the Assembly of Adolescents’ Historical Understandings.”
  • Ms. K. Silva’s receipt of fall 2014 grant from Teaching with Primary Sources at Eastern Illinois University for research entitled, "Trade Books' Historical Representation of Annie Sullivan's Relationship with Helen Keller."
  • 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.”
  • Ms. M. Briscoe’s presentation at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research (at the University of Kentucky in spring, 2014).
  • Ms. D. Dilley’s presentation at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research (at the University of Kentucky in spring, 2014).
  • Ms. V. Metz’s presentation at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research (at the University of Kentucky in spring, 2014).
  • Ms. V. Metz’s 2014 Showcase EIU presentation entitled “Accuracy of and Representation within the Historical Content of Children’s Literature.”
  • Ms. V. Metz’s fall 2013 receipt of CEPS Development Grant for Faculty and Student Research for research entitled “Accuracy of and Representation within the Historical Content of Children’s Literature.”
  • Ms. M. Briscoe’s fall 2013 receipt of 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.”
  • Ms. D. Dilley’s fall 2013 receipt of CEPS Development Grant for Faculty and Student Research for research entitled “Investigating Amelia Earhart in Children’s Literature.”
  • Ms. M. Walsh’s poster presentation at Showcase EIU (spring semester, 2010) entitled, “Teacher’s Guide:  Christopher Columbus Revealed”
  • Ms. M. Medenblik’s poster presentation at Showcase EIU (spring semester, 2010) entitled, “Why Teach Malcolm X?”
  • 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.”
  • Ms. M. Walsh’s receipt of Undergraduate Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity (summer, 2010) grant.
Creative Activity:
  • M. Bickford & J. Bickford (Fall, 2015). “Historical Thinking, Reading, and Writing about the World’s Newest Nation, The Republic of South Sudan,” with M. Bickford on 11/6/15 at EIU History Conference.
  • J. Bickford (Fall, 2015). “Authentic Assessment in Social Studies: Original Political Cartooning,” on 11/6/15 at EIU History Conference.
  • M. Bickford & J. Bickford (Fall, 2015). “Evoking students’ curiosity and complicating their historical thinking through manageable, engaging confusion” with M. Bickford on 10/16/15 at EIU Writing Conference.
  • J. Bickford (March, 2015). “Examining and Addressing the Historical Representation of Abraham Lincoln in Trade Books,” Charleston, IL: Illinois Council for the Social Studies.
  • K. Silva & J. Bickford (March, 2015). “Examining the Representation of Anne Sullivan Macy within Children's History-Based Literature,” Charleston, IL: Illinois Council for the Social Studies.
  • J. Bickford (April, 2013). “Authentic assessment in social studies: Original political cartoon methodology,” Edwardsville, IL: Illinois Council for the Social Studies.
  • J. Bickford & C. Rich (April, 2013). “Evaluating, employing, and supplementing children’s history-based literature,” Edwardsville, IL: Illinois Council for the Social Studies.
  • 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.