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A Methodology Guide to the 2014 History of Education Society Meeting

October 19th, 2014 by

In less than a month, historians of education will descend en masse on Indianapolis for the 2014 History of Education Society Annual Meeting. The recently finalized conference schedule promises not to disappoint our twin desires to provoke discussions about methodology and promote innovation.

We are excited to foreground and highlight methodological discussions at this year’s meeting; the conference schedule suggests we are not alone in this effort. In order to generate methodological grist — in this case, the kind of forward motion that can come when minds collaborate around questions and conceptual issues central to the methods of our field — we have taken a first step.

We have assembled a “Methodology Guide.” The guide gathers and organizes conference sessions which most readily represent themselves as methodologically inclined. Our guide utilizes the following categories to help give shape to this year’s meeting:

   Oral History

   Teaching Methods

   Digital Approaches

   Quantitative Research


♦    Biography

   Multiple Research Methods


Of course, this guide is inherently incomplete. We hope it is used as a means for gathering and communicating. In this spirit, should you notice missing sessions or become aware of other important methodological discussions, please share them

During the conference, we will also be tweeting about methodological innovations, questions, and new directions. Follow us @edhistories and join the conversation #HES2014.

We are looking forward to sharing in a great conference with all of you!

Thursday, November 6

{Multiple Research Methods}
Finding and Funding Our Work: Lessons from New(er) Historians of Education 1

Chair: Michael Hevel, University of Arkansas

Local Archives and Reconstructing “Official” History

Jon Hale, College of Charleston

Exploring the History of Education at U.S. Presidential Libraries

DeeAnn Grove, University of Iowa

Using Legal Sources in the History of Education

Ethan Hutt, University of Maryland

Securing Archive Travel Fellowships

Michael Hevel, University of Arkansas

Friday, November 7

{Oral History}
♦ Exploring Participants’ Memories and Students’ Understanding of History to Better Represent Historical Change 2

Chair and Discussant: Barbara Beatty, Wellesley College

Using Memory to Study the History of Education in the American South during the Civil War and Reconstruction

Ben Davidson, New York University

Not in My Backyard: Race, Integration, and Opposition to Demographic Change in a Working-Class Kansas City Suburb, 1964-1990

Aaron Rife, Wichita State University

“Heirs of Conquest”: Historical Proximity, Usable Pasts, and Guatemalan Youth Understandings of the Spanish Conquest

Deirdre Dougherty, Rutgers University

Beth Rubin, Rutgers University

♦ Biographical Portraits in African American Philanthropy 3

Chair: Andrea Walton, Indiana University

Giving Along the Way: Placing Madam C.J. Walker’s Philanthropy in Historical Context

Tyrone Freeman, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis

Mary Cable (1881-1944): A Teacher’s Contributions to Shaping Local Philanthropic Institutions

Lyndsay Cowles, Indiana University

Father Boniface Hardin, OSB, (1933-2012): Priest as Philanthropist

Nancy Chism, Indiana University

Discussant: Noah Drezner, Teachers College, Columbia University

♦ American Indian Education History: New Work and Methodological Insights for the History of Education ♦ 4 

Chair: Adrea Lawrence, University of Montana

American Indian Histories as Education History

Donald Warren, Indiana University

Epic Learning in an Indian Pueblo: A Framework for Studying Multigenerational Learning in the History of Education

Adrea Lawrence, University of Montana

Education as Arikara Spiritual Renewal and Cultural Evolution

Standing Bear Kroupa, Arikara Cultural Center

Negotiating the History of Education: How Histories of Indigenous Education Expand the Field

Yesenia Cervera, Indiana University

The History of North American Education, 15,000 BCE to 1491

Milton Gaither, Messiah College

A Second Wave of Hopi Migration

Matthew Sakiestewa Gilbert, University of Illinois

{Oral History}
♦ Histories on the Edge: New Methods for an Old Discipline 5

Chair and Discussant: Adrea Lawrence, University of Montana

Of Laggards and Morons: A Conceptual Biography of Progressive Era Special Education

Benjamin Kearl, Indiana University

Here We Are: A Preliminary Collective Educational Life History of the Female Academic

Sara Clark, Indiana University

“Why Are You Going All the Way Up There to That White School?”: Oral History and Chicago School Desegregation

Dionne Danns, Indiana University

{Teaching Methods}
The Foundations of Education Project: A Workshop on Growing the History of Education in Our Colleges and Universities ♦ 6 

Workshop Description: The Foundations of Education Project seeks to develop concrete “plan of action” to develop foundations programs at our institutions. Led by three facilitators, small groups will focus on: (1) the ways foundations is governed; (2) how our pedagogical styles can spur reform; and (3) the steps we are currently using to grow the inclusion of foundations in the (general) education curriculum.

Chair: Jon Hale, College of Charleston

Participants: Kevin Zayed, University of Illinois

Campbell Scribner, Ohio Wesleyan University

Isaac Gottesman, Iowa State University

(All HES Session)
{Multiple Research Methods}
{Oral History}
{Quantitative Methods}
 Evidence and Method in History of Education ♦ 7

Chair: Christine A. Ogren, University of Iowa

Participants: John L. Rury, University of Kansas (quantitative methods)

Nancy Beadie, University of Washington (archival methods)

Dionne Danns, Indiana University (oral history)

Kathleen Weiler, Tufts University (biography)

Roger L. Geiger, Penn State University (institutional history)

Discussant: Carl F. Kaestle, Brown University

{Teaching Methods}
♦ Beyond Print: New Perspectives on Teaching Primary Sources  8 

Chair: Campbell Scribner, Ohio Wesleyan University

Exploring the Visual in Teaching the History of Education

Christine Woyshner, Temple University

Primary Source-based Instruction in Teacher Training Programs

Courtney Kisat, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale

MOOC—American Education Reform: History, Policy, Practice

Michael C. Johanek, University of Pennsylvania

John L. Puckett, University of Pennsylvania

Saturday, November 8

{Digital Approaches}
{Teaching Methods}
 Leveraging Digital and Spatial Tools to Enhance Research and Teaching 9

Workshop Description: This workshop discusses digital and spatial tools, such as GIS (Geographic Information Systems) and Omeka, for representing archival materials and enhancing their teaching and research in the history of education. We have structured the workshop to include three brief presentations to illustrate the various ways that historians have used these tools in their teaching and research followed by small group discussions on the benefits and limitations of these tools. We will provide participants with time to discuss their own projects and brainstorm ways that they might include these tools to enhance their teaching and research.

Chair: Campbell Scribner, Ohio Wesleyan University

Educating Harlem Digital Archive: Exploring the Role of Digital and Spatial Humanities in the History of Education

Ansley Erickson, Teachers College, Columbia University

Jean Park, Teachers College, Columbia University

Antonia Smith, Teachers College, Columbia University

Visualizing Your Research Aim: Linking Disparate Historical Sources to Map Inequality

Erika Kitzmiller, Harvard University

Lessons from the GIS Lab: Using GIS to Facilitate Undergraduate Research in the History of Education

Hilary Moss, Amherst College

{Multiple Research Methods}
♦ Rethinking the History of Education: Transnational Perspectives on Questions, Methods, and Knowledge 10

Panel Description: The panel discussion is designed to advance a dialogue between leading historians working in education outside the United States and American historians of education. Oriented around a recently published edited volume, Thomas S. Popkewitz’s 2013 Rethinking the History of Education: Transnational Perspectives on Its Questions, Methods, and Knowledge, the panel brings together contributors to the book as well as two additional scholars (Reh and Rousmaniere) for a conversation about debates in the humanities and social sciences about knowledge and institutional practices that constitute schooling.

Chair: Noah Sobe, Loyola University, Chicago

Participants: Thomas S. Popkewitz, University of Wisconsin, Madison

Daniel Troehler, University of Luxembourg, Luxembourg

Mirian Warde, UNIFESP

Catherine Burke, Cambridge University, UK

Lynn Fendler, Michigan State University

Catarina Silva Martins, University of Oporto, Portugal

Discussants: Sabine Reh, Humboldt University, Germany

Kate Rousmaniere, Miami University, Ohio

 Intellectual Borderlands: Charting the Future for HEQ 11

Session Description: Incoming editors for HEQ Nancy Beadie and Joy Williamson-Lott share some thoughts and invite ideas and discussion from HES members regarding new directions for HEQ.

Participants: Nancy Beadie, University of Washington

Joy Williamson-Lott, University of Washington

Kathryn Nicholas, University of Washington

Isaac Gottesman, Iowa State University

{Teaching Methods}
 Teaching History of Education to Diverse Audiences: Reflecting on Objectives, Curricular Priorities, and Pedagogy  12

Chair and Discussant: Karen Graves, Denison University

Whose (her/his) Story? Constructing Knowledge and Developing Critical Thinking Skills in a History of Education Course

Natalie Ridgewell, University of Florida

A Pedagogy for Sustainability: A Graduate Student’s Reflection on Teaching the History of Education

Kenneth Noble, University of Florida

Teaching History of American Education to Graduate Students from Diverse Academic Disciplines

Sevan Terzian, University of Florida

{Teaching Methods}
 Using the Archives to Research and Teach about the History of Educational Philanthropy  13

Session Description: Representatives from the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy (LFSP) will participate in a panel discussion about using the archives, reflective writing, and experiential learning to teach about the history of educational philanthropy. Participants include the philanthropic studies archivist, philanthropic studies faculty members and doctoral candidates, and the head of undergraduate programs of LFSP.

Chair: Andrea Walton, Indiana University

What is Philanthropic Studies About, and How Can the Lens of Philanthropy Invigorate Our Teaching in the History of Education?

Andrea Walton, Indiana University

Philanthropy Primary Resources: Ready for Your Interpretation

Brenda Burk, Clemson University

The Philanthropic Autobiography: Connecting Education and Philanthropy Through Students’ Personal Narratives

Tyrone Freeman, Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, IUPUI

The Indianapolis Cultural Trail: A ‘Sense of Place’ for Philanthropic Studies Undergraduates

Kathi Coon Badertscher, Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, IUPUI

{Digital Approaches}{Teaching Methods}{Publishing}
 Collaboration as Students and Scholars in the Digital Age: Writing, Pedagogy, and Publication ♦ 14

Session Description: This panel of faculty and graduate students will explore questions of how history endures as a discipline in the face of a rapidly changing digital and technological landscape. Panelists will consider a wide range of topics, including how best to engage students, publish and research in today’s academic context. Note: This session is sponsored by the Graduate Student Committee of the HES.

Chair: Kathryn Nicholas, University of Washington

Participants: Adrea Lawrence, University of Montana

Zoe Burkholder, Montclair State University

Antonia Smith, Teachers College, Columbia University

Sara Clark, Indiana University

Sunday, November 9

{Teaching Methods}
 Next Steps in Teaching Foundations and History  15

(discussion and meeting of HES Teaching Committee)

Host: Jon Hale, College of Charleston

{Multiple Research Methods}
 Evidence and Method in History of Education  16

Hosts: Dionne Danns, Indiana University

John Rury, University of Kansas


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