Dr. Timothy Patterson's primary scholarly interest unites two important strands of the research on social studies education: teacher education and global studies. He has conducted studies on various factors that condition, constrain, and otherwise influence the pedagogical decision making of pre- and in-service social studies teachers. Most recently, his research has taken him to China, where he investigated the learning of American teachers participating in a 3-year study abroad program. His research has been published in such journals as Theory and Research in Social Education, The History Teacher, and The Social Studies. Before joining the faculty at Temple University, he was an assistant professor at Sacred Heart University, an instructor at Teachers College at Columbia University, and a social studies teacher in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. In 2017, he was the recipient of the Award for Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching in the College of Education.

Research Interests

  • International Education/Studies
  • Social Studies Education
  • Teacher Education/Development

Courses Taught




SSES 3278

Methods and Materials in Secondary Social Studies


SSES 4278

Teaching for Understanding in Secondary Social Studies


SSES 5465

Meth & Matrls Sec Soc St


SSES 5466

Teaching for Understanding in Secondary Social Studies


EDUC 4389

Field Experience


EDUC 5409

Research Methods and Induction Capstone


ECED 3108

Social Studies for the Early Years, Pre K-4


SECE 4801

Senior Seminar and Performance Assessment in Secondary Education


SECE 5471

Literacy and Differentiation in the Academic Areas, 7-12


SECE 5471

Reading Problems in the Secondary School


Selected Publications

  • Patterson, T. & Han, I. (2019). Learning to Teach with Virtual Reality: Lessons from One Elementary Teacher. TechTrends, 63(4), pp. 463-469. doi: 10.1007/s11528-019-00401-6

  • Patterson, T. & Shuttleworth, J.M. (2019). The (mis)representation of enslavement in historical literature for elementary students. Teachers College Record, 121(4).

  • Shuttleworth, J.M. & Patterson, T. (2019). The discourse of (mis)construction and national history exams. Theory and Research in Social Education. doi: 10.1080/00933104.2019.1699216

  • Patterson, T. & Choi, Y. (2018). Global citizenship, migration and national curriculum: A tale of two nations. British Journal of Educational Studies, 66(4), pp. 477-496. doi: 10.1080/00071005.2018.1533098

  • Patterson, T.J. (2018). Contact zone learning and international professional development. Social Studies Journal, 37, pp. 35-35. United States: Pennsylvania Council for the Social Studies. Retrieved from

  • Shuttleworth, J.M., Patterson, T.J., & Jaffee, A.T. (2018). Viewing videos of controversial issues instruction: What influences transformative reflection? Journal of Social Studies Education Research, 9(4), pp. 1-29. doi: 10.17499/jsser.75807

  • Patterson, T. & Woyshner, C. (2016). History in Other Contexts: Pre-Service History Teachers' Field Placements at Cultural Institutions. History Teacher, 50(1), pp. 9-31. Retrieved from

  • Patterson, T. & Choi, Y. (2016). Global citizenship education: New pathways in practice. Journal of Research in Curriculum and Instruction, 20(3), pp. 169-172.

  • Patterson, T. (2015). On the modern silk road: A case study of the limits and promise of international in-service teacher professional development. In The State of Global Education: Learning with the World and its People (pp. 63-77).

  • Patterson, T. (2015). The Transformative Power of Travel? Four Social Studies Teachers Reflect on Their International Professional Development. Theory and Research in Social Education, 43(3), pp. 345-371. doi: 10.1080/00933104.2015.1064504