Professor James Carpenter
Dr. James Carpenter is an assistant professor in the School of Education
and Human Development at Binghamton University. He is the social studies
educator in the Division of Education. Jim's primary responsibility with
the Center is to evaluate the summer workshops. He also helps to
facilitate some of the summer programs.
Jim teaches courses on the philosophical and theoretical foundations in
both the pedagogy and curriculum of social studies education. He also
teaches classes on the foundations of secondary education and on the
history of education in the United States. Jim is presently teaching a
doctoral level course on Philosophical and Social Issues in Education.
For more than thirty years Jim taught high school social studies at
Union-Endicott High School in Endicott, New York. For most of his career
he taught United States History and various courses in American Government
including the state-mandated Participation in Government. He was
active in school affairs, curriculum design, and also presented at many
local, state and regional social studies conferences on topics dealing
both with social studies content and pedagogy.
Jim earned a B.A. in United States History, an M.A.T. in Social Studies,
and an Ed.D. in Theory and Practice from Binghamton University. His
dissertation was titled "The Civic Imperative, Thomas Jefferson and John
Dewey: A Content Analysis of CIVITAS." Jim's present research interests
include reexamining the influence of both Jefferson and Dewey on the
social studies and investigating the affective elements of citizenship
education in the United States.
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