Professor to receive Distinguished Career Award from National Council for the Social Studies
TAMPA, Fla. (October 5, 2018) – To celebrate his extensive contributions to the field of social science education,
College of Education Professor Stephen Thornton, PhD, was selected as the recipient
of the National Council for the Social Studies’ 2018 Jean Dresden Grambs Distinguished Career Research in Social Studies Award.
Founded in 1921, the National Council for the Social Studies is the largest professional association in the country devoted solely to social studies education. The Jean Dresden Grambs Distinguished Career Research Award recognizes professionals who have made extensive contributions to knowledge concerning significant areas of social studies education through meritorious research.
Dr. Thornton is a professor of social science education in the College of Education’s Department of Teaching and Learning. His research interests are centered on how social studies teachers serve as curricular-instructional gatekeepers, and he has investigated this topic through observational studies of classroom curriculum enactment, historical investigations of instructional programs, and reviews of research on classrooms. His current research centers on curricular integration of geography in American history courses.
Throughout his career, Dr. Thornton has published more than 100 scholarly articles
and chapters. His publications include the award-winning “Teaching Social Studies That Matters,” five editions of “The Curriculum Studies Reader,” two editions of “Teaching Social Studies to English Language Learners” and “Gateway to Social Studies.”
Dr. Thornton will be honored at the 98th Annual Conference of the National Council for the Social Studies in November.