Lauren Harris

Coor Hall - SHPRS
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Associate Professor
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TEMPE Campus
Mailcode
4302
Assoc Professor of History
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TEMPE Campus
Mailcode
4302
Lincoln Fellow
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TEMPE Campus
Mailcode
4302
Assoc Professor of History
Faculty
TEMPE Campus
Mailcode
4302
Associate Professor
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TEMPE Campus
Mailcode
4302
Affiliated Faculty
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TEMPE Campus
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Biography

Lauren McArthur Harris is an associate professor of history education with a joint appointment in the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College and the School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies. Her work focuses on how teachers teach and students learn history in schools. In particular, Harris investigates the complexities involved in the creation of larger historical narratives, teachers' sense of historical pedagogical content knowledge and the role of personal background on the historical reasoning of students. Professor Harris is a former ninth grade world history teacher in Arlington, VA. She has published in journals such as Cognition and Instruction, Theory and Research in Social Education, and the Journal of Curriculum Studies. She is co-editor of the "Wiley International Handbook of History Teaching and Learning" (2018).

Education

  • Ph.D. Educational Studies, University of Michigan
  • M.Ed.  Secondary Social Studies Education, George Mason University
  • B.A.. History, Colorado College

 

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Research Interests

Guiding Research Questions:

  • How can teachers best teach and students best learn history in an increasingly interconnected world?
  • What are the connections between students social and cultural backgrounds and their historical reasoning skills?

Current Research Projects:

Through Harris' dual appointment with the School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies, she has engaged in an interdisciplinary research project with faculty, K12 teachers, and students on comparative genocide. The theoretical underpinning of the project focuses on how and if people should approach genocide comparatively. Harris investigates how K-12 teachers can engage students in thinking about genocide comparatively by tapping into historical reasoning skills and incorporating survivor testimonies into the curriculum. In this role, Harris conducts research and provides professional development to teachers on using a research tool to guide student analysis of testimonies of genocide survivors.

Harris is currently working with Brian Girard at The College of New Jersey to investigate how secondary history teachers make choices about what history content to teach. The project involves a survey and interviews with history teachers in several states.

Publications

Metzger, S. A. & Harris, L. M. (Eds.). (2018). Wiley international handbook of history teaching and learning. West Sussex, UK: John Wiley & Sons, Inc. Website

Girard, B. & Harris, L.M.+ (2018). Global and world history education. In Metzger, S.A. & Harris, L.M. (Eds.), Wiley international handbook of history teaching and learning. West Sussex, UK: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

Harris, L. M. (2017). Six degrees of the Mongol Empire: Using thought experiments to prepare world history teachers. The History Teacher, 50(3). 381-401. http://www.societyforhistoryeducation.org/pdfs/M17_Harris.pdf

Harris, L. M., Shreiner, T. L., & *Hoelting, M. (2017). Examining an ambitious world history teacher’s knowledge for planning. Journal of Social Studies Research, 41(2). 117-130. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jssr.2016.08.003

Harris, L. M., Hutchinson, M., Benkert, V., Bruner, J., Lundin, A. E. (2017). Teaching, learning, and researching genocide comparatively. World History Connected, 14(2). Available: http://worldhistoryconnected.press.illinois.edu/14.2/forum_bruner.html

Bruner, J., Benkert, V., Harris, L. M., Hutchinson, M., & Lundin, A. E. (2017). Developing a critical comparative genocide method. World History Connected, 14(2). Available: http://worldhistoryconnected.press.illinois.edu/14.2/forum_harris.html

Harris, L. M., Halvorsen, A., & *Aponte-Martinez, G. J. (2016). "[My] family has gone through that": How high school students determine the trustworthiness of historical documents. Journal of Social Studies Research, 40(2), 109-121. http://dx.doi:10.1016/j.jssr.2015.06.007

Halvorsen, A., Harris, L. M., *Aponte-Martinez, G. J., & *Frasier, A. (2016). Does students’ heritage matter in their performance on and perceptions of historical reasoning tasks? Journal of Curriculum Studies, 48(4), 457-478. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00220272.2015.1092585

Hutchinson, M.J., & Harris, L. M. (2016). Listening for history: Using jazz music as a primary source. Social Education, 80(3), 134-140.

Harris, L. M., Wirz, J. P., Hinde, E. R., Libbee, M. (2015). Exploring teachers’ use of resources to integrate geography and history. Journal of Geography, 114(4), 158-167. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00221341.2014.959986

Harris, L. M. (2014). Making connections for themselves and their students: Examining teachers’ organization of world history. Theory and Research in Social Education, 42(3), 336-374. DOI: 10.1080/00933104.2014.937547. http://www.tandfonline.com/eprint/WYAwubfyrC5pWEjy9MBg/fu

Harris, L. M. and Girard, B. (2014). Instructional significance for teaching history: A preliminary framework. Journal of Social Studies Research, 38(4), 215-225.http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jssr.2014.02.003

Harris, L. M. and Shreiner, T. L. (2014). Why can’t we just look it up?  Using concept formation lessons to teach global patterns and local cases in world history. World History Connected, 11(2). Available: http://worldhistoryconnected.press.illinois.edu/11.2/harris.html

Girard, B. and Harris, L. M. (2013). Considering world history as a space for developing global citizenship competencies. The Educational Forum, 77(4), 438-449. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00131725.2013.822042

Harris, L. M. (2012).  Conceptual devices in the work of world historians. Cognition and Instruction, 30(4), 312-358. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/07370008.2012.716884

Girard, B. and Harris, L. M. (2012). Striving for disciplinary literacy instruction: Cognitive tools in a world history course. Theory and Research in Social Education, 40(3), 230-259. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00933104.2012.705183

Harris, L. M. and Bain, R. B. (2011).  Pedagogical content knowledge for world history teachers: What is it? How might prospective teachers develop it?  The Social Studies, 102(1), 9-17. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00377996.2011.532724

Harris, L. M. and Hamilton, S. (2009). “Challenges and opportunities: Reflections on teaching big history discussion sections,” World History Connected, 6(3). Available: http://worldhistoryconnected.press.illinois.edu/6.3/hamilton.html

 

Courses

Fall 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
TEL 780Practicum
DCI 790Reading and Conference
TEL 791Seminar
EPA 792Research
DCI 792Research
TEL 799Dissertation
Summer 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
TEL 780Practicum
TEL 791Seminar
Spring 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
HST 480Mthd Tch Hist: Clsrm Resources
TEL 780Practicum
TEL 791Seminar
TEL 792Research
Fall 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
HST 480Mthd Tch Hist: Clsrm Resources
DCI 790Reading and Conference
TEL 792Research
Spring 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
SED 480Spec Mthds Teaching Soc Studie
HST 480Mthd Tch Hist: Clsrm Resources
Fall 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
HST 480Mthd Tch Hist: Clsrm Resources
SED 494Special Topics
Spring 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
SED 480Spec Mthds Teaching Soc Studie
HST 481Mthd Tch Hist: Comm Resources
Fall 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
HST 481Mthd Tch Hist: Comm Resources
SED 494Special Topics
Spring 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
SED 480Spec Mthds Teaching Soc Studie
HST 481Mthd Tch Hist: Comm Resources
Fall 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
HST 481Mthd Tch Hist: Comm Resources
SED 494Special Topics
Spring 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
HST 114World Social Studies
HST 481Mthd Tch Hist: Comm Resources
Fall 2013
Course NumberCourse Title
HST 114World Social Studies
SED 494Special Topics

Honors/Awards

2014 Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College Faculty Achievement Award: Promising Research Scholar, Arizona State University

Editorships

Associate Editor, Education Policy Analysis Archives (2017-2022) http://epaa.asu.edu/ojs/

Editorial Board, Theory & Research in Social Education (2016-present) http://www.tandfonline.com/loi/utrs20

Professional Associations

<p>American Educational Research Association (Division K; Teaching History SIG; Social Studies Research SIG), Arizona Council for History Education, Arizona Council for the Social Studies, National Council for History Education, National Council for the Social Studies: College and University Faculty Assembly, Phi Alpha Theta National History Honor Society, Society for History Education</p>

Service

Selected Service

2017-present   Chair, Curriculum Committee, Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College, Arizona State University

2015-present  National Advisory Board Member, The Society for History Education

2012-present  Board Member, Arizona Council for History Education.

2011-present  Course Coordinator, Special Methods in Teaching Social Studies (SED 480) and Methods of Teaching Social Studies in Secondary Schools (SED 494). Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College, Arizona State University.

2015-2016     Secretary/Treasurer, AERA Teaching History Special Interest Group (SIG)

2014-2015     Chair, AERA Teaching History Special Interest Group (SIG)

2014-2015       Member, Social Studies Search Committee. Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College, Arizona State University.

2013-2015       Selection Committee Member, National Council for the Social Studies Grant for the Enhancement of Geographic Literacy

2013-2014       Program Chair, AERA Teaching History Special Interest Group (SIG)

2012-2014       Representative, National Council for the Social Studies House of Delegates, CUFA representative.