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Professor James Carpenter
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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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