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A Methods Guide to HES 2015

October 28th, 2015 by

We are looking forward to attending the 2015 History of Education Society Annual Meeting to be held in St. Louis, MO, November 5-8. Now that our conference papers are submitted to our discussant (thanks for the extension, Jack Dougherty!), we can concentrate on our daily schedules during the conference.

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2015 Methods Guide

Last year’s “Method’s Guide” included oral history, teaching methods, digital approaches, quantitative research, ethnohistory, biography, multiple research methods, and publishing advice. The complete 2015 conference schedule is available through the conference website. Tim Lacy’s conference picks, assembled for the U.S. Intellectual History Blog, are also worth checking out as you make your choices this year.

While we believe we are in good company in suggesting methodology is an essential aspect of all HES panels, our guide gathers and organizes conference sessions which most readily represent themselves as methodologically inclined.  This year’s guide includes advice for publishing, archival histories, life histories, periodization, historiography, place-based analysis, teaching methods, and digital history.

Practicum on Publishing in the Field of Education History and Beyond…          

Thursday, 1:00-2:30 p.m., Market

Chair: Alisha Johnson, University of Illinois, Urbana–Champaign

Presenters: Nancy Beadie, University of Washington; Isaac Gottesman, Iowa State University; Dave Robertson, University of Missouri, St. Louis

Hosted by the Graduate Student Committee

Open Access Book Publishing Workshop     

Friday, 4:30-6:00 p.m., Gateway 4

Chair: Jack Dougherty, Trinity College

Presenters: Kristen Nawrotzki, Pädagogische Hochschule, Heidelberg, Germany; Mark Edington, Amherst College Press

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Publication Possibilities for Historians of Education    

Saturday, 3:00-4:30 p.m., Gateway 5

Chair: Michael S. Hevel, University of Arkansas

Presenters: Timothy Reese Cain, University of Georgia; Jess Clawson, University of Florida; Ethan L. Hutt, University of Maryland; John Rury, University of Kansas

Archival Histories
Archival Histories of Composition and Rhetoric in Normal Schools and Teacher Institutes in the U.S. and Japan

Thursday, 4:30-6:00 p.m., Gateway 5

Chair and Discussant: Kelly Ritter, University of Illinois, Urbana–Champaign

Presenters: Lori Ostergaard, Oakland University; Beth Ann Rothermel, Westfield State University;Suzanne Bordelon, San Diego State University; Patrick Shorb, Akita International University, Japan

Writing Stories: Archival Histories of Composition and Rhetoric in U.S. High Schools, 1961–1976

Saturday, 8:30-10:00 a.m., Gateway 5

Chair and Discussant: Henrietta Rix Wood, University of Missouri–Kansas City

Presenters: Jonna Perrillo, University of Texas, El Paso; Candace Epps-Robertson, Michigan State University; Curtis Mason, Columbia College; Whitney Myers, Texas Wesleyan University

Life Histories
Life Histories and Women Educators in the U.S. and UK: Place, Work, School, and Identity

Saturday, 3:00-4:30 p.m., Gateway 3

Chair and Discussant: Jane Martin, University of Birmingham, UK 

Presenters: Annmarie Valdes, Loyola University Chicago; Christine Woyshner, Temple University; Kate Rousmaniere, Miami University Ohio; Lauri Johnson, Boston College and University of Nottingham

Roundtable Discussion: This American Life, Religion, and Regulation in American Public Schools

Friday, 10:15-11:45am, Market

This roundtable will allow participants to ask new questions about periodization and long-term change in American school governance, as well as the role of historical evidence in modern policy discussions.

Audience members are encouraged to listen to the This American Life podcast before attending the session.

Discussants: James Fraser, New York University; Robert Gross, Sidwell Friends School; Mike Johanek, University of Pennsylvania; Benjamin Justice, Rutgers University; Campbell Scribner, Ohio Wesleyan University

Periodizing Education’s Histories

Friday, 2:45-4:15 p.m., Soulard

Chair and Discussant: Wayne J. Urban, University of Alabama

Presenters: Barbara Beatty, Wellesley College; Ethan Schrum, Azusa Pacific University; Glenn P. Lauzon, Indiana University Northwest; Joseph L. Watras, University of Dayton

The Culture Wars in History and Historiography

Friday, 2:45-4:15 p.m., Market

Chair: Andrew Hartman, Illinois State University

Presenters: Andrew Hartman, Illinois State University; Adam Laats, Binghamton University; Natalia Mehlman Petrzela, The New School; Jonathan Zimmerman, New York University

Gateways to the West: Rethinking the History of Education from the Perspective of the North American West—An Historiographical Discussion

Friday, 4:30-6:00 p.m., Gateway 1

Co-Chairs: Nancy Beadie, University of Washington and  Joy Williamson-Lott, University of Washington

Contributors and Discussants: Matt Kelly, Stanford University; David Wallace Adams, Cleveland State University; Adrea Lawrence, University of Montana; Carlos Blanton, Texas A&M University; Ruben Flores, University of Kansas; David Garcia, University of California-Los Angeles; Members of the University of Washington Graduate Team—Michael Bowman, Teresa Frizell, Gonzalo Guzman, Jisoo Hyun, Joanna Johnson, Kathy Nicholas, Lani Phillips, Rebecca Wellington, La’akea Yoshida

Historiographical Trends in U.S. Women’s and Gender History: Revisiting Eisenmann’s “Creating a Framework for Interpreting U.S. Women’s Educational History”  

Saturday, 10:15-11:45 a.m., Location TBA  

Chair: Christine Woyshner, Temple University

Presenters: Linda Eisenmann, Wheaton College; Margaret A. Nash, University of California, Riverside; Victoria-Maria MacDonald, University of Maryland; Valinda Littlefield, University of South Carolina

Place-Based Analysis
Race, Space, and Education in the United States and Canada  

Friday, 10:15-11:45 a.m., Laclede

Chair and Discussant: Ebony Duncan, Washington University in St. Louis

Presenters: Hope Rias, Bridgewater College; Michael Suarez, University of Colorado, Boulder; Jason Ellis, University of British Columbia, Canada

Lessons from Ferguson: Race, Place, and the Alchemy of Educating a Public

Saturday, 1:15-2:45 p.m., Gateway 3

Chair and Discussant: Clarence Lang, University of Kansas

Presenters: Aaron Rife, Wichita State University; John Rury, University of Kansas; Matthew Davis, University of Missouri–St. Louis; Shante’ Lyons, University of Missouri–St. Louis; Benjamin Justice, Rutgers University 

Harlem’s Educational Visions: Teaching and Learning in Schools and Beyond

Saturday, 8:30-10:00 a.m., Soulard

Chair: Lauri Johnson, Boston College and University of Nottingham, UK

Discussant: Dionne Danns, Indiana University

Presenters: Daniel Perlstein, University of California, Berkeley; Ansley T. Erickson, Teachers College, Columbia University; Bethany L. Rogers, The College of Staten Island, CUNY            

Teaching Methods
Planning Courses with Students in Mind

Friday, 2:45-4:15 p.m., Gateway 4

Chair and Discussant: Campbell Scribner, Ohio Wesleyan University

Presenters: Milton Gaither, Messiah College; Hilary Moss, Amherst College; Hilary Moss, Amherst College; Paige Cunningham, University of Illinois, Urbana–Champaign

The Foundations of Education Project: An Ongoing Workshop on Politicizing and Expanding our Work in Colleges and Universities              

Saturday, 3:00-4:30 p.m., Market

Chair and Discussant: Jon Hale, College of Charleston

Presenters: Mario Rios Perez, Syracuse University; Campbell Scribner, Ohio Wesleyan University; Jennie Schmidt, Mt. Mercy University; Jacob Hardesty, Rockford University; Kevin S. Zayed, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

Future Directions in Teaching Foundations and History

Sunday, 10:15-11:45 a.m., Gateway 4

Host: Jon Hale, College of Charleston

A discussion and meeting of HES Teaching Committee

Digital History
Doing Education History Research in Digital

Saturday, 3:00-4:30 p.m., Gateway 4

Chair and Discussant: Jack Dougherty, Trinity College

Presenters: Sara Clark, Indiana University; Barry M. Goldenberg, Teachers College, Columbia University; Adrea Lawrence, University of Montana

We’ll meet you in St. Louis!

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