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Social Studies Education





Dr. James A. Duplass


Phone (813) 974-3533
(813) 974-3837 Fax

Office: 302V

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College of Education
Dept of Teaching and Learning
University of South Florida
4202 East Fowler Ave., EDU105

Tampa, FL 33620-5650

Bachelor's: B.S. Loyola, New Orleans
Master's:   M. Ed. Loyola, New Orleans
Doctorate: Ph. D. Saint Louis University

Dr. Duplass came to USF as Professor and Dean/Campus Executive Officer of the USF-Fort Myers campus. He previously served as the head of The Pennsylvania State University Altoona College/Campus, Associate Provost at Wayne State University, and in administrative positions and faculty positions at Loyola University and Saint Louis University. Dr. Duplass graduated from De La Salle High School in New Orleans and taught at the secondary and elementary school level prior to entering the doctoral program at Saint Louis University.

Professor Duplass' research focus is on philosophical foundations of social sciences education, axiology, civic education, technology integration, methods of instruction and competing conceptions of curriculum for social sciences education.

Dr. Duplass' Publications include:


Teaching Elementary Social Studies: Strategies, Standards, and Internet Resources (3rd Ed.). CA:Wadsworth Cengage Learning, 2010.

The Elementary Teacher’s Guide to the Best Internet Resources, coauthored with B. Cruz. Upper Saddle River NJ: Prentice Hall, 2007.

Social Studies on the Internet (3rd Ed.), coauthored with M. Berson, B. Cruz, and H. Johnston). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice-Hall, 2007.

Middle and High School Teaching: Methods, Standards & Best Practices. Boston, MA: Houghton Mifflin, 2006.

Teaching Elementary Social Studies: What Every Elementary School Teacher Should Know. Boston, MA: Houghton Mifflin, 2004.

Microsoft Works: A Technology Projects Approach for Educators. Oklahoma City, OK: Custom Academic Press, 1994.

Crescent City Short Stories. New Orleans, LA: Creole Press, 1992.


"Social Studies Education as Therapy” under review.

“Teaching Justice as a Personal Virtue and Civic Value: What’s an Elementary
School Teacher to do in a Highly Politicized Environment?” The Counselor A Journal of the Social Studies (in press, Fall 2014).

“Ideology: The Challenge for Civic Literacy Educators,” Journal of Civic Literary, Vol. 1, No 1 (2014),

“Social Studies and the Common Core State Standards: A Lesson on the Settlement of the Caribbean” Oregon Journal of the Social Studies, Vol 1, No. 1 (2013): 69-77.

“Teaching History: Strategies for Dealing with Breadth and Depth in a Standards-based Environment,” coauthored with M. Pearcy. The Social Studies, Vo. 102, No. 3, (2011) pp. 110 -116.

“NCATE Professional Dispositions: What’s a Social Studies Education Professor to Do?” coauthored with B. Cruz. The Social Studies. Viol. 101, No. 4, (2010) (pp. 141-151.

“Making Sense of ‘Race’ in the History Classroom: A Literary Approach,” coauthored with B. Cruz. The History Teacher. Viol. 42 No. 4, (2009) pp. 426-440.

“Creating Effective Citizens: Unique Opportunities for Gifted Education through the Social Studies” coauthored with C. Sheffield.  Gifted Education International, Viol. 25, (2009) pp. 237-245.

“Social Studies: In Search of a Justification.” The Social Studies Record, Viol. 47, No. 2 (Spring/Summer 2008): 45-51.

“Elementary Social Studies: Trite, Disjointed, and in Need of Reform.” The Social Studies, Viol. 98, No. 4 (July/August 2007): 137-144.

“Social Science Education,”coauthored with M. Berson, B. Cruz, and H. Johnston. Encyclopedia of Education Research Second Edition. NY, NY: Macmillan Reference, 2003: 2265-2269.

Desiree’s Baby: The ‘Perfect’ Short Story on Racism.” Trends and Issues, Viol. 15, No. 2 (summer, 2003): 12-15.

“Critical Thinking and Logical Argument,” with D. Zeidler. Middle Level Learning, 15 (September, 2002): 10-13.

“Critical Thinking and the Role of Logical Argument in Social Studies Education,” with D. Zeidler. International Journal of Social Education, Viol. 15, No. 1 (spring/summer, 2000): pp. 113-127.

“The Women’s Movement and Ideological Influences in Social Studies Education.” Trends and Issues, Viol. XII, No. 1 (winter, 2000): pp 6-11.

“What Every Floridian Should Know.” Trends and Issues, Viol. 10, No. 4 (fall, 1998): pp18-23.

“Charts, Tables, Graphs, and Diagrams: An Approach for the Social Studies Teacher." In Technology Tools in the Social Studies Curriculum, Wilsonville, OR: Franklin, Beedle & Associates, (1997): pgs 107-118.

"Proposition 187: A Metaphors Strategy for Reflective Inquiry." The Social Studies Review, Viol. 35, No 2 (winter, 1996): pp., 8-13.

“Citizenship: Is It Values or Virtues.” Trends and Issues, Viol. 8, No. 3 (summer, 1996): pp. 24-29.

“Teaching a Controversial Issue.” Trends and Issues, Viol. 8, No. 2 (spring, 1996): pp. 17-20.

"Charts, Tables, Graphs and Diagrams: An Approach for the Social Studies Teacher." The Social Studies, Viol. 87, No. 1 (Jan/Feb.1996): pp. 32-39.

"Teaching Software: Is the Supervised Laboratory Effective." Computers and Education, Viol. 24, No 4 (1995): pp. 287-291.

"Public College Competitiveness: Dare We Take The Corporate Path?" AASA Professor, Viol. 16, No. 4 (spring, 19 94): pg. 3-5.

“Computer Discounts: A Low Cost Strategy for Faculty Development.” Business Officer, Viol. 24, No. 9 (March, 1991): pp. 34-37.

“Restoring the Curriculum by Use of Computer Technology.” OnLine, (winter, 1991): pp. 27-33.

“The Grand Prize for CEO’s.” The Journal of the Association Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges (May/June 1989): pp. 34-35.

“A View Carre Summer.” Lyra Journal of Poetry and Fiction (1989).

“Do Students Need a Deferred Tuition Payment Plan?” College and University. Viol. 59, No. 2 (winter, 1984): pp. 107-118.

“Marketing in Higher Education.” Business Officer, Viol. 17, No. 6 (December, 1983): pp. 13-16.

“Your Software System Needs You; Learn Everything About It, Control It, Define It, and Reorganize Your Office and Staff for It.” Case Currents, Viol. IX, No. 3 (March 1983): pp. 18-23.

“The Admissions Officer and Employer.” NACAC Journal, Viol. 21, No. 3 (March 1977): pp. 13-1-6.

“Degree Depreciation: A Fait Accompli for the Liberal Arts Degree.” Liberal Education, Viol. 20 No. 4 (December, 1976): pp. 545-551.

“Academic Misrepresentation: The Admission Officer is Not Alone.” NACAC Journal, Viol. 20, No. 4 (1976): pp. 12-13.

Career Education: A Proposal for Reform by Sidney P. Marland Jr., review in The School Counselor, Viol. 23 No. 1 (September, 1975): p. 63.

“Instruction in Religion: The Marginal Difference.” Religious Education, Viol. LXX, No. 3 (May-June 1975): pp. 278-289.


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