Ryan Knowles

School of Teacher Education and Leadership

Associate Professor, Social Studies Education


Ryan Knowles

Contact Information

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

Ryan is an associate 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 a variety of peer reviewed academic publications, book chapters, podcasts, and a recent book. Ryan received the Researcher of the Year Award from the School of Teacher Education and Leadership in 2018 and the International Education Association’s Wolf Award for significant contribution in the field of education using IEA data in 2016.

Teaching Interests

Social Studies Education, Applied Statistical Analysis

Research Interests

Democracy and education, Political ideology within the public schools, Social justice research across epistemological and methodological divides, Democratic theory, Citizenship education in International Contexts, Quantitative Research Methods, Scale Development, Open Classroom Climates

Awards

2021 Critics Choice Book Award , 2021

American Educational Studies Association

Graduate Mentor of the Year , 2019

School of Teacher Education and Leadership

Researcher of the Year , 2018

School of Teacher Education and Leadership

Wolf Award, 2016

International Education Association

Undergraduate Instructor of the Year , 2015

University of Missouri


Publications | Books

      Publications | Book Chapters

    • Knowles, R., Hawkman, A., Suarez, M.I, Making quant critical: Centralizing critical theories in quantitative social studies research: Rethinking Research in Social Studies Education. Information Age Publishing
    • Heafner, T., Fitchett, P., Knowles, R.T, (2016). Using “big data” secondary dataset analysis to inform social studies teaching and learning.: Rethinking Social Studies Teacher Education for Twenty-First Century Citizenship.
    • Castro, A.J, Knowles, R.T, (2015). Social Studies Education: International Encyclopedia of Social and Behavioral Sciences, 2nd Edition.
    • Knowles, R.T, Theobald, R., (2013). Moving Toward More Dynamic Instruction: A Comparison of How Social Studies is taught Among Disciplines and Advanced Placement Courses: Research on the status of social studies: Views from the field.

    An asterisk (*) at the end of a publication indicates that it has not been peer-reviewed.

    Publications | Journal Articles

    Academic Journal

    • Knowles, R., (2019). Ideology in the schools: Developing the teacher’s civic education ideology scale within the United States. Education, Citizenship, and Social Justice
    • Knowles, R., Castro, A.J, (2019). The implications of ideology on teachers' emphasized civic behavior in the classroom . Teaching and Teacher Education , 77, 226-239.
    • Knowles, R., (2018). Re-envisioning education for civic engagement in the social media century. Democracy and Education , 26:1
    • Knowles, R., (2018). Teaching who you are: Connecting teachers’ civic education ideology to instructional strategies. Theory and Research in Social Education, 46:1, 68-109. doi: DOI:10.1080/00933104.2017.1356776.
    • Knowles, R., Clark, C., (2018). How common is the common good? Moving beyond idealistic notions of deliberative democracy in education. Teaching and Teacher Education
    • Knowles, R., Torney-Purta, J., Barber, C., (2018). Enhancing citizenship learning with international comparative research: Analysis of IEA civic education databases. Citizenship Teaching and Learning, 13:2
    • McCafferty-Wright, J., Knowles, R., (2016). Unblocking the civic potential of current events with an open classroom climate.. Social Studies Research and Practice, 11:1
    • Knowles, R., Di Stefano, M., (2015). International Citizenship Education Research: An annotated bibliography of research using the IEA ICCS and IEA CIVED datasets. Journal of International Social Studies, 5:2
    • Knowles, R., (2015). Asian Values and Democratic Citizenship: Exploring Attitudes among South Korean 8th Graders Using Data from the Asia Module of the International Civic and Citizenship Study. Asia Pacific Journal of Education, 35:2, 191-212.
    • Knowles, R.T, McCaffert-Wright, J., (2015). Connecting an Open Classroom Climate to Social Movement Citizenship: A study using the International Civic and Citizenship Study among 8th Graders in Western Europe. Journal of Social Studies Research, 39:4, 255-269.
    • Shear, S., Knowles, R.T, Soden, G., Castro, A.J, (2015). Manifesting destiny: Re/presentations of Indigenous peoples in K-12 U.S. history standards. Theory and Research in Social Education, 43:1, 68-101.

    An asterisk (*) at the end of a publication indicates that it has not been peer-reviewed.

    Publications | Other

    An asterisk (*) at the end of a publication indicates that it has not been peer-reviewed.

    Teaching

    , Fall 2023
    EDUC, PSY 6600 - Statistical Foundations, Fall 2023
    ELED 4050 - Teaching Social Studies in Elementary School, Fall 2023
    USU 1010 - University Connections, Fall 2023
    TEAL 6800, 7800 - Advanced Review of Research in Social Studies, Summer 2023
    ELED 4050 - Teaching Social Studies in Elementary School, Spring 2023
    ELED 4050 - Teaching Social Studies in Elementary School, Spring 2023
    , Fall 2022
    USU 1010 - University Connections, Fall 2022
    TEAL 7150 - Curriculum Theory, Summer 2022
    EDUC 7610 - Regression Analysis, Spring 2022
    ELED 4050 - Teaching Social Studies in Elementary School, Spring 2022
    , Fall 2021
    EDUC, PSY 6600 - Statistical Foundations, Fall 2021
    ELED 4050 - Teaching Social Studies in Elementary School, Fall 2021
    USU 1010 - University Connections, Fall 2021
    TEAL 6800, 7800 - Advanced Review of Research in Social Studies, Summer 2021
    EDUC 6050 - Applied Statistical Analysis, Spring 2021
    SCED 3210 - Educational and Multicultural Foundations, Spring 2021
    ELED 4050, 4051 - Teaching Social Studies in Elementary School, Spring 2021
    PSY, EDUC 6600 - Statistical Foundations, Fall 2020
    ELED 4050, 4051 - Teaching Social Studies in Elementary School, Fall 2020
    TEAL 7300 - Historical, Social, and Cultural Foundations of Education, Summer 2020
    TEAL 7300 - Historical, Social, and Cultural Foundations of Education, Summer 2020
    SCED 3210 - Educational and Multicultural Foundations, Spring 2020
    EDUC 7610 - Regression Analysis, Spring 2020
    ELED 4050 - Teaching Social Studies in Elementary School, Spring 2020
    EDUC, PSY 6600 - Research Design and Analysis I, Fall 2019
    ELED 4050 - Teaching Social Studies in Elementary School, Fall 2019
    TEAL 6710 - Diversity in Education, Summer 2019
    ELED 4056 - Elementary Content Practicum, Spring 2019
    ELED 4050 - Teaching Social Studies in Elementary School, Spring 2019
    ELED 4050 - Teaching Social Studies in Elementary School, Spring 2019
    EDUC, PSY 6600 - Research Design and Analysis I, Fall 2018
    ELED 4050 - Teaching Social Studies and Practicum Level III, Fall 2018
    TEAL 7300 - Historical, Social, and Cultural Foundations of Education, Summer 2018
    EDUC, PSY 7610 - Research Design and Analysis II, Summer 2018
    EDUC, PSY 7610 - Research Design and Analysis II, Spring 2018
    EDUC, PSY 6600 - Research Design and Analysis I, Fall 2017
    ELED 4050 - Teaching Social Studies and Practicum Level III, Fall 2017
    TEAL 6710 - Diversity in Education, Summer 2017
    EDUC 6050 - Applied Statistical Analysis, Spring 2017
    ELED 4050 - Teaching Social Studies and Practicum Level III, Spring 2017
    ELED 4050 - Teaching Social Studies and Practicum Level III, Fall 2016
    EDUC 7670 - Literature Reviews in Education and Psychology, Summer 2016
    EDUC 6560 - Special Topics, Spring 2016
    ELED 4050 - Teaching Social Studies and Practicum Level III, Spring 2016
    ELED 4050 - Teaching Social Studies and Practicum Level III, Fall 2015

    Graduate Students Mentored

    Kason Kendall, Teacher Education & Leadership, August 2021