Walter C. Parker
Professor in Curriculum & Instruction
122 Miller, Box 353600
I am a professor of education and an adjunct professor of political science at the University of Washington. My specializations are the civic development of children and adolescents, and social studies curriculum and instruction K-12. I teach social studies curriculum and instruction courses in the Teacher Education Program and graduate seminars on curriculum controversy, global education, democratic education, and strategies for interpreting qualitative data. My books include "Renewing the Social Studies Curriculum" (1991), "Educating the Democratic Mind" (1996), "Education for Democracy: Curricula, Contexts, Assessments" (2002), "Teaching Democracy: Unity and Diversity in Public Life"(2003), and "Social Studies in Elementary Education" (2011). I am now working on two projects: One aims at creating a more rigorous form of advanced high school coursework, one that doesn't mistake coverage for learning. The other examines the so-called "international education" movement in US public schools. Is it nationalistic education, as usual, operating under an assumed name?
One project I enjoy very much is the “research and practice” column I have at the journal Social Education. These essays have now been collected in my new book, Social Studies Today: Research and Practice (Routledge, 2010).
Ph.D., Curriculum and Instruction, University of Washington, Seattle
M.A. Social Foundations of Education, University of Colorado, Denver
B.A. Political Science, University of Colorado, Boulder
Books & Monographs
Parker, W. C. (Ed.) Social Studies Today: Research and Practice. New York: Routledge, 2010.
Parker, W. C. Social Studies in Elementary Education (14th ed.). Boston: Allyn & Bacon, 2011.
Banks, J. A., Banks, C. A. M., Cortes, C. E., Hahn, C. L., Merryfield, M. M., Moodley, K. A., Murphy-Shigematsu, S., Osler, A., Park, C., and Parker, W. C. Democracy and Diversity: Principles and Concepts for Educating citizens in a Global Age. Seattle: Center for Multicultural Education, University of Washington, 2005.
Parker, W. C. (2003). Teaching Democracy: Unity and Diversity in Public Life. New York: Teachers College Press.
Parker, W. C. (Ed.). (2002). Education for Democracy: Contexts, Curricula, Assessments. Greenwich, CT: Information Age.
Parker, W. C. (Ed.). (1996). Educating the Democratic Mind. Albany: State University of New York Press.
Parker, W. C. (1991). Renewing the Social Studies Curriculum. Alexandria, VA: Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development.
Parker, W. C. and John Jarolimek. Citizenship and the Critical Role of the Social Studies. Boulder, CO: Social Science Education Consortium, 1984.
Parker, Walter C. (2012). Democracy, diversity, and schooling. In J. A. Banks (Ed.), The encyclopedia of diversity in education (pp. 613-620). New York: Sage.
Parker, W. C. Oppositions and possibilities. In A. Reid, J. Gill & A. Sears (Eds.), Globalisation, the nation-state and the citizen: dilemmas and directions for civics and citizenship education. London: Routledge, 2010.
Parker, W.C. Social Studies Education eC21. In Parker, W. C. (Ed.), Social Studies Today: Research and Practice. New York: Routledge, 2010.
Parker, W.C. Idiocy, Puberty, and Citizenship: The Road Ahead. In Parker, W. C. (Ed.), Social Studies Today: Research and Practice. New York: Routledge, 2010.
Parker, W. C. Foreword. In J. Bixby & J. Pace (Eds.), Educating Democratic Citizens in Troubled Times: Qualitative Studies of Current Efforts. Albany: State University of New York Press (vii-x), 2008.
Parker, W. C. Knowing and Doing in Democratic Citizenship Education. In L. Levstik & C. Tyson (Eds.), Handbook of Research on Social Studies Education. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum (65-80), 2008.
Parker, W. C. Pledging Allegiance. In J. Westheimer (Ed.), Pledging Allegiance: What Should We Teach our Children about Patriotism? Teachers College Press (70-72), 2007.
Parker, W. C. Deploying Foucault: Purposes and Consequences. In A. Segall, E. E. Heilman, & C. H. Cherryholmes (Eds.), Social Studies Research: The Next Generation (237-240). New York: Peter Lang, 2006.
Parker, W. C. Discussion at the Core of Social Studies Curriculum and Instruction. In Yasushi Mizoue (Ed.), M. Fujimoto (trans.), The Construction of Modern Social Studies Education in Japan (358-373). Tokyo: Meizi Press, 2004.
Parker, W. C. Diversity, Globalization, and Democratic Education: Curriculum Possibilities. In J. A. Banks (Ed.), Diversity and Citizenship Education: Global Perspectives (433-458). San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2004.
Parker, W. C. The Deliberative Approach to Education for Democracy: Problems and Possibilities. In J. J. Patrick, G. E. Hamot, & R. S. Leming (Eds.), Civic Learning in Teacher Education: International Perspectives on Education for Democracy in the Preparation of Teachers , Vol. 2 (99-115). Bloomington, IN: ERIC Clearinghouse for Social Studies/Social Science Education, 2003.
Parker, Walter C. "Education for Deliberative Democracy—In School and Out." In Toward Global Citizenship: Education in Democracy and Volunteerism (56-77), proceedings of the International Seminar. Seoul, Korea: Ministry of Government Administration and Home Affairs, December 2001.
Parker, Walter C. "Toward Enlightened Political Engagement." In Social Studies: Research, Problems, and Prospects, edited by William B. Stanley (97-118). Greenwich, CT: Information Age Press, 2001.
Parker, Walter C. et al., "National Case Studies of Citizenship Education." In Multidimensional Citizenship for the Twenty-First Century, edited by John Cogan and Ray Derricott (21-76). London: Kogan-Page, 1998.
Parker, Walter C. "Assessing Student Learning of a Public Issues Curriculum." In Handbook of Teaching Social Issues, edited by Ronald W. Evans and David W. Saxe (pp. 280-88). Washington, DC: National Council for the Social Studies, 1996.
Parker, Walter C. "Curriculum for Democracy." In Democracy, Education, and Schooling, edited by Roger Soder (pp. 182-210). San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 1996.
Parker, Walter C. (2011). Feel free to change your mind: a response essay to "The Potential for Deliberative Democratic Civic Education". Democracy & Education, 19(2), 1-4.
Parker, Walter C. "Constructing Public Schooling today: Derision, Multiculturalism, Nationalism." Educational Theory, 61:4 (2011): 413-432.
Parker, Walter C. "'International Education' in U.S. Public Schools." Globalisation, Societies and Education, 9:3-4 (2011): 487-501.
Parker, Walter C. et al. "Rethinking advanced high school coursework: Tackling the depth/breadth tension in the AP US Government and Politics course." Journal of Curriculum Studies, 4:4 (2011): 533-559.
Boss, Suzie, Parker, Walter C. et al. "The quest for deeper learning and engagement in advanced high school courses." Foundation Review, 3:3 (2011): 12-23.
Kho, E. M., and W. C. Parker. "Learning Beyond the School Walls: Fieldwork in Singapore." Social Studies and the Young Learner, 22:4 (2010): 29-31
*Parker, W. C. "Listening to Strangers: Classroom Discussion and Political Education.” In “Listening in Context,” Teachers College Record, 112:11 (2010): 2815-32.
*Parker, Walter C. & Steven Camicia. "Cognative Praxis in Today's "International Education" Movement: A Case Study of Intents and Affinities." Theory and Research in Social Education, 37:1 (2009): 42-74.
Parker, Walter C. “Pluto's Demotion and Deep Conceptual Learning in Social Studies.” Social Studies Review, 47:2 (2008): 10-13.
Parker, Walter C. “’International Education’—What’s in a Name?” Phi Delta Kappan (2008).
*Mitchell, Katharyne & Walter C. Parker. “I Pledge Allegiance to…. Flexible Citizenship and Shifting Scales of Belonging.” Teachers College Record,110:4 (2008): 775-804.
Parker, Walter C. “International Education in the Schools: The Second Wave.” Washington State Kappan, 1:1 (2007): 4-7.
*Parker, Walter C. “Public Discourses in Schools: Purposes, Problems, Possibilities.” Educational Researcher, 35:8 (2006): 11-18.
*Parker, Walter C. “Talk Isn’t Cheap: Everyday Democracy in Schools.” Social Studies and the Young Learner, 19:1 (2006): 12-15.
Parker, Walter C. “Pledging Allegiance.” Phi Delta Kappan, 87:8 (April 2006): 613.
Parker, Walter C. “Teaching Against Idiocy.” Phi Delta Kappan, 86:5 (January 2005): 344-351.
Parker, Walter C. “The Education of Citizens: A Rejoinder to Rochester.” Phi Delta Kappan, 86:9 (May 2005): 655-657.
Parker, Walter C. “Classroom Discussion: Models for Leading Seminars and Deliberations.” Social Education, 65 (March 2001): 111-114.
Parker, Walter C. “Educating Democrats: A Broad View.” Theory into Practice, 40 (Winter 2001): 6-13.
*Parker, Walter C. & Diana Hess. "Teaching With and For Discussion." Teaching and Teacher Education, 17 (April 2001): 273-289.
*Parker, Walter C., Akira Ninomiya, & John Cogan. "Educating ‘World Citizens’: Toward Multinational Curriculum Development." American Educational Research Journal, 36 (Summer 1999): 117-145.
*Parker, Walter C. & William Zumeta, "An Aristocracy for Everyone: Public Policy Deliberation in the High School." Theory and Research in Social Education, 27 (Winter 1999): 9-44.
Can We Talk? Summer institute for teachers: facilitating academic discussions
EDTEP 584/585: Social Studies in the Secondary School
EDTEP 543: Social Studies in the Elementary School
EDC&I 565/6: Social Studies Seminar—Historical and Contemporary Readings
EDC&I595: Classroom Discourse
EDC&I505: Contentious Curricula
EDC&I 567: Current Issues in Social Studies Education:
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