About the Authors

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Thomas N. Turner, Ed.D. is Professor of Social Science Education in the Department of Theory and Practice in Teacher Education at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. His research interests include teaching elementary social studies, social studies methods, and drama in the classroom. He received his BS in Elementary Education from the University of Cincinnati and his master’s and doctorate in Social Science Education at Pennsylvania State University. He is author of numerous books and over 100 book chapters and journal articles.

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William B. Russell III, Ph.D. is Associate Professor of Social Science Education at the University of Central Florida. He teaches social studies related courses and serves as the Social Science Education Ph.D. coordinator. Dr. Russell serves as director of The International Society for Social Studies and is editor of the pre-eminent journal in the field of social studies education, the Journal of Social Studies Research. His research interests include alternative methods for teaching social studies, pre-service teacher education, and teaching with film. Dr. Russell has authored/edited numerous books. Dr. Russell has also authored over 45 peer-reviewed journal articles related to social studies education which have been featured in journals like Action in Teacher Education, Social Education, The History Teacher, Journal of Social Studies Research, The Clearing House, Social Studies and the Young Learner, and The Social Studies.

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Stewart Waters, Ph.D. is Assistant Professor of Social Science Education in the Department of Theory and Practice in Teacher Education at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. His research interests include alternative methods for teaching social studies, character education, visual literacy, social studies curriculum, and teaching with film. Dr. Waters is the conference coordinator for the International Society for the Social Studies and is assistant editor of the Journal of Social Studies Research. Dr. Waters has authored one book and several peer-reviewed journal articles related to social studies education which have been featured in journals like Action in Teacher Education, The Journal of Social Studies Research, and Social Studies Research and Practice.