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Ryan Knowles

Ryan Knowles

Assistant Professor, Social Studies Education

Contact Information

Office Location: EDUC 335
Phone: 573-514-5134

Educational Background:

Dr. Ryan Knowles is an Assistant Professor in the School of Teacher Education and Leadership with an emphasis on Social Studies Education and Cultural Studies in Education. Dr. Knowles received his Ph.D. from the University of Missouri in Social Studies Education and Quantitative Research methods. He holds a M.A. in Political Science with an emphasis on comparative politics and a B.A. in Social Studies Education, both from the University of Missouri. Dr. Knowles also has an A.A. degree from Moberly Area Community College. He has published articles in Theory and Research in Social Education, Asia Pacific Journal of Education, and Journal of Social Studies Research. In addition, he has authored or co-authored articles within edited volumes such as, Rethinking Social Studies Teacher Education for Twenty-First Century Citizenship, International Encyclopedia of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Research on the Status of Social Studies: Views from the field, and the Handbook of Social Studies Research (forthcoming).


Research Interests:

 Democracy and education

Political ideology within the public schools

Social justice research across epistemological and methodological divides

Democratic theory

Citizenship education in East Asia

Quantitative Research Methods

Scale Development

Open Classroom Climates