Faculty and Staff

Geoffrey Scheurman

Geoffrey Scheurman

Geoffrey Scheurman

member of graduate faculty

Start Year: 1993

Teacher Education
Office: 244 Wyman Teacher Education Bldg
Phone: 715-425-3520



Ph.D. University of Iowa (Educational Psychology)
M.A. University of Wyoming (Curriculum and Instruction / American Studies)
B.A. University of Wyoming (Political Science/Economics; secondary teaching certification in Broad Area Social Studies)

Courses Taught:

TED212 – Educational Psychology
TED420 – School and Society
TED433 – Techniques of Teaching Middle and Secondary Social Studies
TED740 – Historical, Philosophical, and Multicultural Foundations of Education
TED745 – Psychology of Teaching and Directed Field Experience
For ITC – INTS365 (Contemporary Europe); HUM312 (Arts and Ideas); POLS230 (Political Philosophy and Ideology)

Research Interests:

Constructivist teaching strategies, Inquiry learning and critical thinking, New Social Studies era in curriculum history, Music and the Brain (metaphors for teaching and learning)

Professional Activities:

Department Chair, Teacher Education
Coordinator, Secondary Social Studies Block
Director, Consortium of Overseas Student Teaching
Group Leader, International Traveling Classroom (ITC), Spring 2016
Fulbright Roving Scholar in American Studies, Norway, 2010-11
STEMteach Co-project Director, 2014-present; NSF grant funded
American Identity Project Directory, 2000-06; NEH grant supported


2015  Constructivism and The New Social Studies: A Collection of Guided Inquiry Lessons. New York: Information Age Publisher (under contract), with R. Evans (Co-Editor).

  • Evanescence and Permanence: The Future of Social Studies in the Rear View Mirror (Chapter One).
  • Hiroshima: A Model and Template for Creating Document-based Inquiry(Chapter Ten).

2011  Cold vs. Hot War: A Model for Building Conceptual Knowledge in History. Social Education.

2010  The History Problem in Curricular Reform: A Warning to Constructivists from the New Social Studies Movement. In B. Slater-Stern, Ed., The New Social Studies: People/Projects; Politics and Perspectives, w/ K. Reynolds (second author). Info. Age Pub., pp. 339-357.

2006  American Identity. Magazine of History, July, 20(4). Organization of American Historians, Guest Editor and contributing author, including my articles:

  • Still Searching for America: Conversations on National Identity(Foreword), pp. 5-6;A Canon for American Identity, p. 7.
  • Choosing Five Americans who Got it Right, or History for Young Minds, pp. 12-16, coordinator and interviewer, with K. E. Leichtle and J. Hakim (primary author).
  • America as Metaphor: Using Argument to Teach About American Identity, pp. 27-35.

2004  A Link to the Past: Engaging Students in the Study of History. Washington, D.C.: NCSS Publications, with M. Yell (first author) and K. Reynolds.

1998  Constructing Knowledge in Social Studies. Social Education, January 62(1). National Council for the Social Studies. Guest Editor (with M. Yell) and contributing author:

  • From Behaviorist to Constructivist Teaching. pp. 6-9.
  • Revisiting Lexington Green, pp. 10-18. Also translated and published in Japanese.
  • Authentic Intellectual Work in Social Studies: Putting Performance Before Pedagogy, pp. 23-25, with F. M. Newmann (second author).
  • Actual and Virtual Reality: Making the Most of Field Trips, pp. 35-40, with J. Bellan.