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John S. Wills


John S. Wills

Associate Professor

Graduate School of Education
2101 Sproul Hall
(951) 827-5010
john.wills@ucr.edu

Research Areas

History-social studies education, multicultural education, and schooling and collective memory. My research investigates the contests over meaning that occur as teachers and students utilize various cultural texts in producing narratives of history, and efforts to create more inclusive narratives of history in K-12 classrooms. I have also investigated the effects of high stakes state testing in language arts and mathematics on elementary social studies curriculum and instruction. My current research focuses on the representation of race and racism in US history as taught in high school classrooms.

Degrees

  • Ph.D., Sociology, University of California, San Diego, 1990
  • M.A., Sociology, University of California, San Diego, 1987
  • B.A., Cultural Anthropology & Sociology, University of California, Santa Barbara, 1984

Biography

John S. Wills is an associate professor in the Graduate School of Education at the University of California, Riverside. His areas of research include history-­‐social studies education, multicultural education, and schooling and collective memory. Though qualitative case studies in elementary and secondary classrooms he has investigated the contests over meaning that occur as teachers and students produce narratives of history, and efforts to create more inclusive narratives of history in K-­12 classrooms. More recently, he has investigated the unintended effects of high stakes testing in language arts and mathematics on social studies curriculum and instruction, and on teacher professionalism, in elementary classrooms.

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General Campus Information

University of California, Riverside
900 University Ave.
Riverside, CA 92521
Tel: (951) 827-1012

Department Information

Graduate School of Education
1207 Sproul Hall

Tel: (951) 827-5234
Fax: (951) 827-3942
E-mail: robert.wolfer@ucr.edu
 
 

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