Faculty Profiles

Dr. Stephen Thornton

Dr. Stephen Thornton, Ph.D., Professor

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Email: thornton@usf.edu
Phone: (813) 974-3533
Fax: (813) 974-3837
Office: 302




Dr. Thornton's research interests are centered on how social studies teachers serve as curricular-instructional gatekeepers. He has investigated this topic through observational studies of classroom curriculum enactment, historical investigations of instructional programs, and reviews of research on classrooms.

His books include the award-winning Teaching Social Studies That Matters, five editions of The Curriculum Studies Reader (co-authored with David Flinders), and two editions of Teaching Social Studies to English Language Learners (co-authored with Bárbara Cruz) and Gateway to Social Studies (co-authored with Bárbara Cruz)

He has published more than 100 scholarly articles and chapters. Representative examples include:


Current Research Projects 

His current project is on the curricular integration of geography in American history courses.