University of Connecticut Teaching Fellow
Ph.D. Curriculum & Teacher Education, Stanford University 2003
M.A.T Social Studies Education, Boston University 1992
B.S. Political Science, Tufts University 1990
Areas of Expertise:
Teaching with Film
Social Studies Education
Alan Marcus is Professor in the Department of Curriculum & Instruction at the University of Connecticut and is a UConn Teaching Fellow. His scholarship and teaching focus on museum education, teaching with film, and global education, with an emphasis on the Holocaust and teaching difficult history. Alan collaborates with museum educators across the United States and internationally, is a Faculty Fellow for the Holocaust Institute for Teacher Educations at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, and runs an education abroad program for pre-service teachers in Nottingham, England. Alan is the past president of the Connecticut Council for the Social Studies and was a lead writer for the State of Connecticut Social Studies Frameworks. His current research includes evaluating the potential and limitations of virtual interactive Holocaust survivor testimony, participating as a part of the “Technology Meet Testimony” scholar network at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität in Munich, and contributing as a theme lead for an AHRC (UK) project on testimony. Alan is a former high school social studies teacher and regularly collaborates with K-12 teachers on curriculum development and innovative pedagogy.
The Forever Project: The Benefits and Dilemmas of Using Virtual Interactive Holocaust Survivor Testimony
Making History: Implementing CT’s New Social Studies Frameworks
Supporting student learning at history museums: the practices of teachers and museum professionals
Hollywood History in High School: the relationship between teachers’ use of film and students’ perceptions and understanding of history.
Representing the past, reflecting the present: How students learn history at history museums
Marcus, Alan S., Maor, Rotem, McGregor, Ian M., Mills, Gary, Schweber, Simone, Stoddard, Jeremy, & Hicks, David. (in press) Holocaust education in transition from live to virtual survivor testimony: Pedagogical and ethical dilemmas. Holocaust Studies.
Marcus, Alan. S. (2020). The grey zone of Holocaust education: Teaching the Holocaust with film. In A. Patt & L. Hilton (Eds.), Understanding the teaching of the Holocaust. Madison: University of Wisconsin Press.
Mitoma, Glenn & Marcus, A.S. (2020). Teaching about genocide with film. In S. Totten (Ed.), Teaching About Genocide: Advice and Suggestions from Secondary Level Teachers and Professors. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield.
McGregor, Ian M., Marcus, Alan. S. & Moss, David M. (2019). Promoting Intercultural Competence in Professional Spaces: Education Abroad Experiences in England for Social Studies Pre-Service Teachers. Global Education Review, 6 (4). 31-49.
Paxton, Richard J. & Marcus, Alan S. (2017). Film, Media, and Popular Culture in Historical Learning in: Scott Metzger & Lauren Harris (Eds.) International Handbook of History Teaching and Learning. Wiley-Blackwell Publishers.
Marcus, Alan S. & Mills, Gary. (2017). Teaching Difficult History with Film: Multiple Perspectives on the Holocaust in Teaching Difficult History with Film, Stoddard, Jeremy, Marcus, Alan S. & Hicks, David. (Editors). New York: Routledge.
Stoddard, Jeremy, Marcus, Alan S. & Hicks, David. (2017). Using Film to Teach Difficult Histories in Teaching Difficult History with Film. Stoddard, Jeremy, Marcus, Alan S. & Hicks, David. (Editors). New York: Routledge
Stoddard, Jeremy D. & Marcus, Alan S. (2017). Media and Social Studies Education: The (Re)Emergence of Film, New Media, and Gaming in Handbook of Social Studies Research. Meghan Manfra and Cheryl Bolick (Eds.). Hoboken, NJ: Wiley-Blackwell Publishers.
Marcus, Alan S. & Kowitt, Jennifer. (2016). “Museum Footnotes: Helping Student Visitors Understand Museums.” Journal of Museum Education. 41 (4). 353-362.
Marcus, Alan S. & Moss, David (2015) Enhancing Intercultural Understanding for Pre-service Teachers through Developing and Sustaining Education Abroad Experiences. The Journal of International Social Studies. 5 (2) 22-37.
Stoddard, Jeremy D., Marcus, Alan S. & Squire, Kurt. (2015). Learning Local Immigration History In and Out of the Museum. Museum & Society. 13 (1).
Moss, David M., Marcus, Alan S. (2015). Over there: Exploring a WWII themed short-duration study abroad program for pre-service teachers. In David Schwarzer & Beatrice L. Bridglall (Editors) Promoting Global Competence and Social Justice in Teacher Education. Rowan & Littlefield Publishers.
Stoddard, Jeremy D., Marcus, Alan S., Hicks, David. (2014). The Burden of Historical Representation: The Case of/for Indigenous Film. The History Teacher. 48 (1).
Marcus, Alan S., Grenier, Robin, & Levine, Thomas H. (2012). How secondary history teachers use and think about museums: Current practices and untapped promise for promoting historical understanding. Theory and Research in Social Education.
Marcus, Alan S. & Stoddard, Jeremy D. (2010). More Than “Showing What Happened” Exploring the Potential for Teaching History with Film. High School Journal.
Levine, Thomas H. & Marcus, Alan S. (2010) How the structure and focus of teachers’ collaborative activities facilitate and constrain teacher learning. Teaching and Teacher Education. 26 (3), 389-398.
Marcus, Alan S. & Stoddard, Jeremy D. (2009). The inconvenient truth about teaching history with documentary film: Strategies for presenting multiple perspectives and teaching controversial issues. The Social Studies. 100 (6), 279-285.
Marcus, Alan S. (2008, Spring) Museum and school collaboration: Rethinking adult education for K- 12 teachers. Journal of Museum Education. 33 (1), 55-78.
Marcus, Alan S.; Stoddard, Jeremy D. (May/June 2007) Tinsel Town as Teacher: Hollywood Film in the High School History Classroom. The History Teacher.
Levine, Thomas H. & Marcus, Alan S. (2007, Fall) How schools close the achievement gap: Facilitating multiple trajectories of teacher learning. Journal of Advanced Academics. 19 (1), 116-138.
Marcus, Alan S.; Paxton, Richard J.; Meyerson, Peter (2006, Fall) “The reality of it all:” History students read the movies. Theory and Research in Social Education.
Stoddard, Jeremy D. & Marcus, Alan S. (2006, Spring) The Burden of Historical Representation: Race, Freedom and “Educational” Hollywood Film. Film & History. 36.1
Marcus, Alan S. (2005, March/April) “It is as it was:” Feature Film in the History Classroom. The Social Studies. 96 (2) 61-67.
University of Connecticut Teaching Fellow.
AAUP-University of Connecticut Excellence Award for Innovation in Teaching. 2011
Stanford Teacher Education Program Award: Excellence in Teaching by a Graduate Student. June 2001
Stanford University School of Education Fellowship. 1999-2000
Director. Understanding Global Perspectives in History and Education. Created and lead semester-long program for UConn pre-service history teachers in Nottingham, England. Fall 2015-present.
Faculty Fellow (HITE), United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
Co-lead writer, Connecticut Social Studies Frameworks
Editorial Board, Theory & Research in Social Education (2013-2016)
Editorial Board Member, Canadian Social Studies. 2012-present.
Teaching American History in the Capitol Region (CREC Teaching American History Grant)
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