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Ryan Knowles

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School of Teacher Education & Leadership

Assistant Professor, Social Studies Education

Assistant Professor

Contact Information

Office Location: EDUC 335
DialPhone: 573-514-5134
SendEmail: ryan.knowles@usu.edu


Biography

Ryan is an assistant professor of social studies education and cultural studies within the school of teacher education and leadership. Ryan’s research uses quantitative research methods to understand how teacher and student ideology develops and manifest within schools and classrooms. He received his Ph.D. in Social Studies Education and Quantitative Research from the University of Missouri. Prior to that Ryan received a Master’s of Arts in Political Science and a Bachelor’s of Science in Secondary Social Studies Education, both from the University of Missouri. He also has an Associate of Arts degree from Moberly Area Community college. Ryan’s scholarship has been featured in academic venues such as Theory and Research in Social Education, Teaching and Teacher Education, Journal of Social Studies Research, Journal of International Social Studies, Asia Pacific Journal of Education, and the Handbook of Social Studies Research. Ryan received the Researcher of the Year Award from the School of Teacher Education and Leadership in 2018 and the International Education Association’s Wolf Award for significant contribution in the field of education using IEA data in 2016.


Teaching Interests

Social Studies Education, Applied Statistical Analysis

Research Interests

Democracy and education, Political ideology within the public schools, Social justice research across epistemological and methodological divides, Democratic theory, Citizenship education in International Contexts, Quantitative Research Methods, Scale Development, Open Classroom Climates

Awards

Researcher of the Year , 2018

School of Teacher Education and Leadership

Wolf Award, 2016

International Education Association

Publications - Abstracts

    Publications - Books & Book Chapters

      Books

      Book Chapters

    • Heafner, T., Fitchett, P., Knowles, R.T, (2016). Using “big data” secondary dataset analysis to inform social studies teaching and learning.: Rethinking Social Studies Teacher Education for Twenty-First Century Citizenship.
    • Castro, A.J, Knowles, R.T, (2015). Social Studies Education: International Encyclopedia of Social and Behavioral Sciences, 2nd Edition.
    • Knowles, R.T, Theobald, R., (2013). Moving Toward More Dynamic Instruction: A Comparison of How Social Studies is taught Among Disciplines and Advanced Placement Courses: Research on the status of social studies: Views from the field.

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    Publications - Fact Sheets

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      Publications - Curriculum

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        Publications - Journal Articles

          Academic Journal

        • Knowles, R., Castro, A.J, (2019). The implications of ideology on teachers' emphasized civic behavior in the classroom . Teaching and Teacher Education , 77, 226-239.
        • Knowles, R., (2018). Ideology in the schools: Developing the teacher’s civic education ideology scale within the United States. Education, Citizenship, and Social Justice
        • Knowles, R., (2018). Re-envisioning education for civic engagement in the social media century. Democracy and Education , 26:1
        • Knowles, R., (2018). Teaching who you are: Connecting teachers’ civic education ideology to instructional strategies. Theory and Research in Social Education, 46:1, 68-109. doi: DOI:10.1080/00933104.2017.1356776.
        • Knowles, R., Clark, C., (2018). How common is the common good? Moving beyond idealistic notions of deliberative democracy in education. Teaching and Teacher Education
        • Knowles, R., Torney-Purta, J., Barber, C., (2018). Enhancing citizenship learning with international comparative research: Analysis of IEA civic education databases. Citizenship Teaching and Learning, 13:2
        • McCafferty-Wright, J., Knowles, R., (2016). Unblocking the civic potential of current events with an open classroom climate.. Social Studies Research and Practice, 11:1
        • Knowles, R., Di Stefano, M., (2015). International Citizenship Education Research: An annotated bibliography of research using the IEA ICCS and IEA CIVED datasets. Journal of International Social Studies, 5:2
        • Knowles, R., (2015). Asian Values and Democratic Citizenship: Exploring Attitudes among South Korean 8th Graders Using Data from the Asia Module of the International Civic and Citizenship Study. Asia Pacific Journal of Education, 35:2, 191-212.
        • Knowles, R.T, McCaffert-Wright, J., (2015). Connecting an Open Classroom Climate to Social Movement Citizenship: A study using the International Civic and Citizenship Study among 8th Graders in Western Europe. Journal of Social Studies Research, 39:4, 255-269.
        • Shear, S., Knowles, R.T, Soden, G., Castro, A.J, (2015). Manifesting destiny: Re/presentations of Indigenous peoples in K-12 U.S. history standards. Theory and Research in Social Education, 43:1, 68-101.

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        Publications - Literary Journal

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          Publications - MultiMedia

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            Publications - Technical Reports

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              Publications - Translations & Transcripts

                Publications - Other

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                  Scheduled Teaching

                  EDUC, PSY 6600 - Research Design and Analysis I, Fall 2018

                  ELED 4050 - Teaching Social Studies and Practicum Level III, Fall 2018

                  TEAL 7300 - Historical, Social, and Cultural Foundations of Education, Summer 2018

                  EDUC, PSY 7610 - Research Design and Analysis II, Summer 2018

                  EDUC, PSY 7610 - Research Design and Analysis II, Spring 2018

                  EDUC, PSY 6600 - Research Design and Analysis I, Fall 2017

                  ELED 4050 - Teaching Social Studies and Practicum Level III, Fall 2017

                  TEAL 6710 - Diversity in Education, Summer 2017

                  EDUC 6050 - Applied Statistical Analysis, Spring 2017

                  ELED 4050 - Teaching Social Studies and Practicum Level III, Spring 2017

                  ELED 4050 - Teaching Social Studies and Practicum Level III, Fall 2016

                  EDUC 7670 - Literature Reviews in Education and Psychology, Summer 2016

                  EDUC 6560 - Special Topics, Spring 2016

                  ELED 4050 - Teaching Social Studies and Practicum Level III, Spring 2016

                  ELED 4050 - Teaching Social Studies and Practicum Level III, Fall 2015