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Phillip VanFossen

James F. Ackerman Professor of Social Studies Education
Head, Department of Curriculum and Instruction
Director, James F. Ackerman Center for Democratic Citizenship
Associate Director, Purdue University Center for Economic Education
Department of Curriculum and Instruction
(Courtesy appointment, Krannert School of Management)

Research

Research interests include the potential of online role playing games (e.g., MMORPGs) for K-12 civic and economic education, Internet use in social studies classrooms, the impact of technology on citizenship and citizenship education, the intersection between civics and economics, and the degree of social studies in K-5 curriculum.

Appointments on National/International Organizations

  • Editorial Board Member
    Theory and Research in Social Education
  • Review Board Chair, EconEdLink (www.econedlink.org)


Education

Ph.D.           
The Ohio State University, 1994, Social Studies/Global Education, Economics, Teacher Education
M.Ed. Miami University, Oxford, OH
B.S. Ed.   Miami University, Oxford, OH


Publications

  • Fichett, P. G., and VanFossen, P. J. (2013). Survey on the status of social studies (S4): An instrumentation description. In Passe, J. and Fitchett, P. G. (Eds.) The status of social studies: Views from the field.  Charlotte, NC: Information Age.

  •  Thiemann, G., O’Brien, J., VanFossen, P. J. and Berson, M. (2013). Characteristics of high-frequency technology users. In Passe, J. and Fitchett, P. G. (Eds.) The status of social studies: Views from the field.  Charlotte, NC: Information Age

  • VanFossen, P.J.* and McGrew, C. (2010). Is the sky really falling?; An update on the status of social studies in the K-5 curriculum in Indiana. International Journal of Social Education, 23(1), 139-179.

  • VanFossen, P.J.* and McGrew, C. (2010). An ?economic way of thinking?: Approaches and curricula for teaching about social issues through economics. In, J. Pederson & S. Totten, (Eds.), Teaching and studying social issues: Major programs and approaches. Charlotte, NC: Information Age.

  • VanFossen, P.J. (2010). Best economic education practices for children. In, M. Schug and W. Wood (Eds.), Teaching economics in troubled times. Oxford, UK: Routledge.

  • Friedman, A.* and VanFossen, P. J.* (2010). The Internet in social studies classrooms: Lost opportunity or unexplored frontier? In, R. Diem and M. Berson (Eds.), Technology in retrospect: Social studies in the information age, 1984-2009 (A volume in the International Social Studies Forum: The Series). Charlotte, NC: Information Age, 51-74.

  • Friedman, A.*, Hartshorne, R.*, and VanFossen, P.J.* (2010). Exploring guild participation in MMORPGs and civic leadership. In, Y. Baek (Ed.), Gaming for classroom-based learning: Digital role playing as a motivator of study. Hershey, PA: Information Science Reference (imprint of IGI Global), 176-203.

  • VanFossen, P. J. (2009). Econ Alive!: The Power to Choose. Palo Alto, CA: Teacher's Curriculum Institute.

  • Shiveley, J. M. & VanFossen, P. J. (2009). Toward assessing Internet use in the social studies classroom: Developing an inventory based on a review of relevant literature. Journal of Social Studies Research, 33 (1), 1-32.

  • Berson, M.J.*, & VanFossen, P.J.* (2008). Another look at civic literacy in a digital age. Contemporary Issues in Technology and Teacher Education [Online serial], 8(3). Available: http://www.citejournal.org/vol8/iss3/socialstudies/article1.cfm.

  • VanFossen, P.J.*, & Berson, M.J.* (2008). Civic literacy in a digital age. Contemporary Issues in Technology and Teacher Education [Online serial], 8(2). Available: http://www.citejournal.org/vol8/iss2/socialstudies/article1.cfm.

  • VanFossen, P. J. and Berson, M. J. (Eds.). (2008). The electronic republic?: The impact of technology on education for citizenship. West Lafayette, IN: Purdue University Press, Fall.

  • Miller, S. L. and VanFossen, P. J. (2008). Recent research on the teaching and learning of pre-collegiate economics education. In, L. Levstik and C. Tyson (eds.), Handbook of research in social studies education. New York, NY: Routledge, 284-306.

  • VanFossen, P. J.*, Freidman, A. and Hartshorne, R. (2008). The role of MMORPGs in social studies education. In Ferdig, R. (ed.), Handbook of Research on Effective Electronic Gaming in Education; Hershey, PA: Information Science Publishing, 235-250.

  • VanFossen, P. J.* and Waterson, R. (2008). It's just easier to do what you did before?:An update on internet use in secondary social studies classrooms in Indiana.Theory and Research in Social Education, 36 (2), 124-152.

  • VanFossen, P.J. and Herman-Ellison, L. (2006). Internet-based economic education: The case of EconEdLink. Social Education, 70(3), 151-155.

  • VanFossen, P.J. (2006). The electronic republics': Evidence on the impact of the Internet on citizenship and civic engagement in the U.S. International Journal of Social Education, 21(1), 18-43.

  • VanFossen, P.J. (2005). Economic concepts at the core of civic education. International Journal of Social Education, 20(2), 35-66.

  • VanFossen, P.J. (2005). 'Reading and math take so much of the time. . .': An overview of social studies instruction in elementary classrooms in Indiana. Theory and Research in Social Education, 33(3), 376-403.

  • VanFossen, P.J. (2004). Using webquests to scaffold higher-order thinking. Social Studies and the Young Learner, 16(4), 13-16.

Experience

2011-present          
Department Head, Department of Curriculum and Instruction, College of Education, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN
2010-2011 Interim Head, Department of Curriculum and Instruction,
College of Education, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN
2005-present
James F. Ackerman Professor of Social Studies Education, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN
2000-present Director, James F. Ackerman Center for Democratic Citizenship, College of Education, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN
1997-present
Associate Director, Purdue University Center for Economic Education
1997-2001
Assistant Professor, School of Education, Department of Curriculum and Instruction, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN
1994-1997
Assistant Professor, School of Education, SUNY-Genesco Field Representative, New York Concil on Economic Education
1994-1999
Faculty Associate, The Mershon Center, The Ohio State University


Courses

EDCI 36100           
Social Studies in the Elementary School
EDCI 59000C Integrating Technology into Citizenship Education
EDCI 59100 Developing Integrated Internet-Based Curriculum
EDCI 60400 Elementary Social Studies
EDCI 62400 Teaching Social Studies Using the Internet
ECON 21900 Economics for Future Educators
ECON 51900 Teaching International Economics (co-taught with Michael Watts, ECON)