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Ryan Knowles

Ryan Knowles

Assistant Professor, Social Studies Education

Contact Information

Office Location: EDUC 335
Phone: 573-514-5134
Email: ryan.knowles@usu.edu

Educational Background:

Dr. Ryan Knowles is an Assistant Professor in the School of Teacher Education and Leadership with an emphasis on Social Studies Education and Cultural Studies in Education. Dr. Knowles received his Ph.D. from the University of Missouri in Social Studies Education and Quantitative Research methods. He holds a M.A. in Political Science with an emphasis on comparative politics and a B.A. in Social Studies Education, both from the University of Missouri. Dr. Knowles also has an A.A. degree from Moberly Area Community College. He has published articles in Theory and Research in Social Education, Asia Pacific Journal of Education, and Journal of Social Studies Research. In addition, he has authored or co-authored articles within edited volumes such as, Rethinking Social Studies Teacher Education for Twenty-First Century Citizenship, International Encyclopedia of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Research on the Status of Social Studies: Views from the field, and the Handbook of Social Studies Research (forthcoming).

 

Research Interests:

 Democracy and education

Political ideology within the public schools

Social justice research across epistemological and methodological divides

Democratic theory

Citizenship education in East Asia

Quantitative Research Methods

Scale Development

Open Classroom Climates

Biography

Ryan is an assistant professor of social studies education and cultural studies within the school of teacher education and leadership. Ryan’s research uses quantitative research methods to understand how teacher and student ideology develops and manifest within schools and classrooms. He received his Ph.D. in Social Studies Education and Quantitative Research from the University of Missouri. Prior to that Ryan received a Master’s of Arts in Political Science and a Bachelor’s of Science in Secondary Social Studies Education, both from the University of Missouri. He also has an Associate of Arts degree from Moberly Area Community college. Ryan’s scholarship has been featured in academic venues such as Theory and Research in Social Education, Journal of Social Studies Research, Journal of International Social Studies, Asia Pacific Journal of Education, and the Wiley Handbook of Social Studies Research. His scholarship has been supported by grants from the Spencer Foundation and the National Council for the Social Studies. In 2016, Ryan was awarded the International Education Association’s Wolf Award for significant contribution in the field of education using IEA data. 

Research Interests:
Democracy and education
Teacher and student ideology
Civic engagement
Quantitative research across epistemological divides
Scale development
Large-scale data analysis