O'Brien Joe E. O'Brien

School of Education - Curriculum & Teaching
Associate Professor
Secondary History/Government Education Program Coordinator
Ed.D., Social Studies Education, University of Virginia
Primary office:
785-864-9663
Joseph R. Pearson Hall
Room 337
University of Kansas
1122 West Campus Rd
Lawrence, KS 66045-3101


Summary

Joe O'Brien, an associate professor in middle/secondary social studies, joined KU's Curriculum & Teaching department in the spring of 1992. Prior to arriving in Lawrence, he was on the faculty at Virginia Commonwealth University, where he directed the Virginia Institute for Law & Citizenship Studies, Inc. He earned BA degree in history and a license in middle/secondary social studies at the University of Virginia, where he also earned a MSE and an EdD degree.

Joe O'Brien specializes in middle and secondary social studies education.

Education

B.A., History, University of Virginia

Ed.D., Social Studies Education, University of Virginia

M.S.Ed., Social Studies Education, University of Virginia

Teaching Interests

  • Inquiry learning
  • Student centered
  • Public policy issues

Research

His primary research interests are in historical thinking and in the use of technology in social studies classrooms, particularly social media. He has published work in journals such as Contemporary Issues in Technology & Teacher Education, Journal of Technology & Teacher Education, The Middle School Journal, and Social Education. He has presented at conferences such as the American Educational Research Association, College & University Faculty Association, Educational Media & Technology, and the National Council on History Education. His service ranges from serving as the chair of the National Council for the Social Studies' Technology Committee to the advisor for the Kansas University Council on Social Studies.

Research Interests

  • Historical thinking
  • Instructional technology
  • Social media
  • Online discussions

Selected Publications

O'Brien, J. Berson, M. & Lawrence, N. (in press). Youth, Social Media and Digital Civic Engagement. Social Education.

O'Brien, J. (2018). O’Brien, J.E., Lawrence, N., Berchard, B., Finney, E. & Gilman, K. “Moving Urban Students beyond Online Public Voices to Digital Participatory Politics: A Teacher’s Journey Changes Direction” Chapter in Emerging Trends in Cyber Ethics and Distance Learning, Blackburn, A., Chen, I. & Pfeffer, R. (eds.) .

O'Brien, J. & Mitchell, P. (2018). Outcasts…Outliers… Oppressed: Civic Advocates in U.S. History Worth Investigating. The Social Studies.

O'Brien, J. (2017). O’Brien, J.E. & Ellsworth, T., “Mentoring, Public Outreach and Social Justice Issues: Ingredients for a Powerful Professional Partnership” Chapter in Teaching Social Studies: A Methods Book for Methods Teachers, Grant, S.G., Lee, J. & Swan, K. (eds.), 2017.

(2016). Lawrence, N. & O’Brien, J. “An Ongoing Journey to Foster Urban Students Online ‘Public Voices.” International Journal of Cyber Ethics in Education, 2016. .

(2016). O’Brien, J., Ellsworth, T., & Fleck, D. “Equality in History: Where Great Persons, Literacy and Historical Evidence Intersect.” The History Teacher, 2016. .

(2015). Endacott, J., Goering, C., & O’Brien, J. “Aesthetic Reading and Historical Empathy: Humanizing Approaches to ‘Letter from Birmingham Jail.’” Chapter in Pedagogies of Kindness and Respect: On the lives and Education of Children, Thomas, L., Carr, P., Gorlewski, J. & Porfilio, B. (eds.) 2015. .

(2015). O’Brien, J., Peavey, S. & Fuller, M. “Buildings as Artifacts: What Are Buildings in World History Telling Us?” The Social Studies, 2015. .

O'Brien, J. Barker, T. & Ellsworth, T. (2014). Online Synchronous Discussions, Middle School Students and Mock UN Security Council Meeting: A Digital Recipe for Learning. In J. O'Brien (Ed.), The Digital Social Studies.

Barker, T. & O'Brien, J. (2014). Are We Prepared? Primary Sources in State World History Standards & the Common Core State Standards Initiative.

O'Brien, J. & Ellsworth, T. (2014). Building Professional Bridges: Creating & Sustaining College Councils for the Social Studies. The Social Studies.

O'Brien, J. (2014). To War or Not? Engaging Middle School Students in an Ongoing Online Discussion. The Social Studies.

Thiemann, G. O'Brien, J. Preston-Grimes, P. Broome, J. & Barker, T. (2013). From the Field: What Social Studies Teachers in Three States Report They Do in the Classroom. In . (Ed.), Research on the Status of Social Studies: Views from the Field.

O'Brien, J. & Endacott, J. (2013). Hearing a Chorus of Voices: Globalizing the U.S. History Curriculum with Historical Empathy. In J. O'Brien, L. Nganga, J. Kambutu, & W. Russell III (Eds.), Exploring Globalization Opportunities and Challenges in Social Studies: Effective Instructional Approaches.

O'Brien, J. Barker, T. & Ellsworth, T. (2013). Wouldn't you like to talk it over before having your people die? Engaging Middle School Students in Inter-school Online Synchronous Discussions. Journal of the Research Center for Educational Technology, 9(1), 24-48.

O'Brien, J. & Barker, T. (2012). Harmony and Discord Between High School U.S. and World History Teachers. World History Bulletin.

O'Brien, J. E., Lawrence, N. Green, K. Berchard, B. & Fulbright, T. (2012). Online Interstate Student Diplomats Discuss What Justifies War: 'We don't want people to die, but we don't want to lose our oil'. Journal of Education & Learning.

O'Brien, J. E., & Lawrence, N. (2011). Using Online Collaborative Tools to Foster Middle School Students "Public Voices": Perils, Payoffs and Possibilities. In I. Chen & . McPheeters (Eds.), Educational Technology Integration in Urban Schools.

O'Brien, J. E. (2011). Using Web 2.0 to Transform a Brick & Mortar School into a Participatory Media Rich Civic Learning Environment. In . (Ed.), Contemporary Issues in Social Studies.

O'Brien, J. E. (2010). Consumers or Producers of Democracy: Moving Civic Education from the Information to the Empowerment Age. In M. Berson & R. Diem (Eds.), Technology in Retrospect: Social Studies Place in the Information Age 1984-2009.

O'Brien, J. E., & White, S. (2009). Hero (S. Lopez). Encyclopedia of Positive Psychology.

O'Brien, J. E. (2009). Comparing Presidents & their Actions 'To Provide for the Common Defence'. The History Teacher.

O'Brien, J. E. (2009). Media Literacy Position Statement. National Council for the Social Studies.

O'Brien, J. E. (2008). Traveling with Technology on Route 21. Social Education.

O'Brien, J. E. (2008). Preparing Future E-Citizens to Research Public Policy Issues Online: Old Skills in New Electronic Clothing or Truly Something Different? In M. Berson & P. Van Fossen (Eds.), The Electronic Republic.

O'Brien, J. E. (2008). Learning Skills in Information, Communication, and Media Literacy for Social Studies.(2nd) Partnership for 21st Century Skills.

O'Brien, J. E. (2008). Are we preparing young people for 21st century citizenship with 20th century thinking? Building a case for a virtual laboratory of democracy. Contemporary Issues in Technology & Teacher Education. http://www.citejournal.org/vol8/iss2/socialstudies/toc.cfm

O'Brien, J. E. (2007). Learning Skills in Information, Communication, and Media Literacy for Social Studies.(1st) Partnership for 21st Century Skills.

O'Brien, J. E., & Endacott, J. (2007). What Justifies War?. (Written component of a video case study), Persistent Issues in History, (URL).

O'Brien, J. E., Strickland, J. & Grill, A. (2007). Who Cares about State Government? Using the Internet to Research State Legislative Issues. National Council for the Social Studies Bulletin: The Infusion of Technology into Exemplary Social Studies Lessons.

O'Brien, J. E. (2006). Technology Position Statement & Guidelines. Social Education National Council for the Social Studies Select Committee on Technology.

O'Brien, J. E., Grill, A. Schlicht, J. & Schwarz, S. (2006). Tracking Current Events: Using the Internet to Explore Unfolding Stories. Social Education.

White, S. O'Brien, J. E., Hileman, K. Mortenson, D. & Smith, A. (2006). Build It and They Will Learn: Creating a History Lab in an Age of Standards. The Middle School Journal.

O'Brien, J. E., White, S. Hileman, K. Mortenson, D. & Smith, A. (2006). Recapturing the History Standards: Building a Case for Historical Inquiry. The Middle School Journal.

Aust, R. Newberry, B. O'Brien, J. & Thomas, J. (2005). Learning Generation: Innovations with Tomorrow’s Teachers and Technology. Journal of Technology and Teacher Education, 13(2).

O'Brien, J. E. (2005). Reaching Students through Technology, President’s Message [Guest columnist]. The Social Studies Professional, 186.

O'Brien, J. E., & Kohlmeier, J. (2004). A Web-based, Issues Centered Assignment for Teacher Education and High School Students. Journal of Social Studies Research, 28(1), 3-15.

O'Brien, J. E., Kohlmeier, J. & Guilfoyle, C. (2003). Prediction-making Within a Historical Context. The Social Studies.

O'Brien, J. E., & Kohlmeier, J. (2003). Leadership: Part of the Civic Mission of Schools? The Social Studies.

O'Brien, J. E., & Grill, A. (2003). Increasing Student Awareness and Discussion of Current Events Using TRACKER: An Online Tool For Web Authoring and Discussion. Computers in the Social Studies, 11(2).

O'Brien, J. E. (2002). How will the U.S. Supreme Court Decide? The Social Studies.

O'Brien, J. E. (2002). Track Current Events. http://www.trackcurrentevents.org/

O'Brien, J. E., & White, S. (2000). Who Are Your Students' Role Models. Social Studies and the Young Learner.

O'Brien, J. E. (2000). Enabling all Students to Learn in the Laboratory of Democracy. Intervention in School and Clinic, 34(4).

O'Brien, J. E., & White, S. (1999). What is a Hero? Students Explore their Conception of the Heroic. Social Education.

O'Brien, J. E., & White, S. (1999). What is a Hero? An Exploratory Study of Young People’s Conception of Heroes. The Journal of Moral Education, 21(8).

O'Brien, J. E. (1998). Using Literary Themes to Develop Historical Perspective. The Social Studies , 89(6), 276-280.

O'Brien, J. E., Pomplun, M. Glasnapp, D. & Poggio, J. (1997). 1997 Kansas Social Studies Assessment Performance Assessment: Teacher’s Guide for all Grades. Center for Educational Testing and Evaluation, University of Kansas.

O'Brien, J. E., Pomplun, M. Glasnapp, D. & Poggio, J. (1997). 1997 Kansas Social Studies Objective Test. Grades 5, 8, & 11, Center for Educational Testing & Evaluation, University of Kansas.

O'Brien, J. E., Pomplun, M. Glasnapp, D. & Poggio, J. (1997). Student Guide for Grades 5, 8, & 11. Center for Educational Testing and Evaluation, University of Kansas.

O'Brien, J. E. (1997). Statewide Social Studies Assessment: Threat or Treat? The Social Studies, 88(2), 53-58.

O'Brien, J. E. (1996). Kansas: A Case Study in Social Studies Curricular Reform. Journal of Social Studies Research, 20(2), 33-38.

O'Brien, J. E., Nebelsick-Gullett, L. Glasnapp, D. & Poggio, J. (1996). 1996 Kansas Social Studies Assessment Performance Activity. Booklet, Center for Educational Testing and Evaluation, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS.

O'Brien, J. E., Nebelsick-Gullett, L. Kelley, J. Pomplun, M. Glasnapp, D. & Poggio, J. (1996). Results for 1995 Kansas Social Studies Performance Activity & Teacher Survey. Center for Educational Testing & Evaluation, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS.

O'Brien, J. E. (1996). The Beginning of Life: A Topic Worthy of Discussion? Social Education, 60(1), 32-37.

O'Brien, J. E. (1995). 1995 Kansas Social Studies Assessment Performance Activity. booklet, Center for Educational Testing and Evaluation, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS.

O'Brien, J. E. (1995). 1995 Kansas Social Studies Objective Test. Grades 5, 8, & 11, with two forms for each grade, Center for Educational Testing and Evaluation, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS.

O'Brien, J. E. (1995). Divided We Stand? Update on Law-Related Education, 19(1), 4-6.

O'Brien, J. E. (1994). Kansas Curricular Standards for Social Studies. Kansas State Board of Education, Topeka, KS.

O'Brien, J. E., & Warren, T. (1993). Law in an International and Technological Era. Issue Packets, Virginia Commonwealth University Press.

O'Brien, J. E., & McBee, R. (1992). Issues of Law & Citizenship.(4th) Virginia Commonwealth University Press.

O'Brien, J. E., Crockett, M., Freeman, L., Wildasin, M., & Wiley, S. (Eds.). (1991). Lesson Sampler on Virginia Law and Government, V. II. University of Virginia Press.

O'Brien, J. E., Warren, T. & Wildasin, M. (1990). Acting on Principle. University of Virginia Press.

O'Brien, J. E., Dunnigan, L. & Lederer, F. (1990). Concepts of American Law. Instructional packages, College of William and Mary Press.

O'Brien, J. E., Dunnigan, L. Hanum, L. Lederer, F. & Wildasin, M. (1989). Aspects of American Law. Instructional packages, College of William and Mary Press.

O'Brien, J. E. (1989). Court Service Unit Law-Related Education Program Manual. Virginia Department of Corrections.

O'Brien, J. E. (1989). Issues of Law & Citizenship.(3rd) Virginia Commonwealth University Press.

O'Brien, J. E., Biermann, M., Long, T., Wildasin, M., & Wiley, S. (Eds.). (1989). Lesson Sampler on Virginia Law and Government. University of Virginia Press.

O'Brien, J. E. (1989). State Law and Government Seminar Series Program Manual. Virginia Commonwealth University Press.

O'Brien, J. E., Dunnigan, L. Hanum, L. Lederer, F. & Wildasin, M. (1988). Aspects of American Law. Instructional packages, College of William and Mary Press.

O'Brien, J. E. (1987). . . In Search of a New Government: A Simulation of the 1787 Constitutional Convention. Virginia Commonwealth University Press.

O'Brien, J. E. (1986). Resource Attorney Directory. Virginia Commonwealth University.

O'Brien, J. E. (1986). You Decide: A Jury Simulation. UPDATE on Law-Related Education, 10(1)

O'Brien, J. E., & Arneson, N. (1985). Freedom of Press or Libel: The Colonial Case of John Zenger. An instructional package, Virginia Commonwealth University Press.

O'Brien, J. E., & Southard, J. (1985). Issues of Law and Citizenship.(2nd) Case study booklet commissioned by a grant from the Virginia Law Foundation.

O'Brien, J. E., Alouf, J. & Moore, J. (1983). Economics and Energy: A Teaching Bibliography. Commissioned by a grant from the Joint Council for Economic Education.


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