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 Education 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 the lead editor, and a writer, for the new State of Connecticut Social Studies Standards. His current research includes evaluating the potential and limitations of virtual interactive Holocaust survivor testimony, participating as a part of the “Technology Meets Testimony” scholar network at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität in Munich, and studying the use of Virtual Reality with Holocaust survivors at museums. Alan is a former high school social studies teacher and regularly collaborates with K-12 teachers on curriculum development and innovative pedagogy.
The Virtual Reality Experience at the Illinois Holocaust Museum & Research Center
Technology Meets Testimony: International scholar network exploring Holocaust survivor
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
How secondary history teachers use and think about museums: Current practices and untapped promise for promoting historical understanding. (2012). Theory and Research in Social Education.
“The reality of it all:” History students read the movies. (2006, Fall). Theory and Research in Social Education.
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
Lead Editor, and writer, State of Connecticut Social Studies Standards
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
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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