Eric Freedman, Ph.D.
Dr. Freedman teaches in the Department of Teacher Education at the Farrington School of Education. He specializes in social studies education, the learning sciences, and critical pedagogy. Prior to Sacred Heart, he served on the faculty at Adelphi University and taught high school history in New York City and suburban Philadelphia. His research explores the effects of inquiry-based instruction on students’ historical understanding and has appeared in academic journals including Cognition and Instruction and Harvard Educational Review. His recent work on student-constructed histories of the Vietnam War won an Exemplary Research Award from the National Council for the Social Studies. In his courses, Dr. Freedman hopes to model constructivist pedagogy that places students in the role of scholar, critic, and teacher. In his spare time, he enjoys strategy board games, basketball, and entertaining his two-year-old son.
Degrees and Certifications
- Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction: Secondary Social Studies (minor in History). School of Education, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2009
- M.A. in Curriculum and Instruction. School of Education, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2004
- B.A. in Sociology and Anthropology. Swarthmore College, Swarthmore, PA, 1999
- Teacher certification in Secondary Social Studies. New York, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania
- ED 101 Educational Psychology
- ED 152 Education in the United States
- ED 430 Elementary Methods in Social Studies, Health, and Physical Education
- ED 467 Secondary Methods: Social Studies
- ED 471-7 Student Teaching Seminar
Publications and Presentations
Freedman, E. B. (2015) “What happened needs to be told”: Fostering critical historical reasoning in the classroom. Cognition and Instruction, 33(4), 357-398.
Freedman, E. B. (2013). Life in an auto factory: Simulating how labor and management interact. Middle Level Learning, 48, 2-8.
Freedman, E. B. (2007). Is teaching for social justice undemocratic? Harvard Educational Review, 77(4), 442-473.
Hess, D., & Freedman, E. B. (2006). Democratic education. In L. R. Sherrod, C. A. Flanagan & R. Kassimir (Eds.), Youth Activism: An International Encyclopedia (pp. 191-198). Westport, CT.
Selected Conference Presentations
Freedman, E. B. (2016). Accurate yet biased: Student analysis of a textbook chapter on the Vietnam War. Annual Meeting of the National Council for the Social Studies (College and University Faculty Assembly), Washington, DC.
Freedman, E. B. (2014). Necessary selection: Towards a theory of critical historical reasoning. Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Philadelphia, PA.
Freedman, E. B. (2013). Civic expertise and the uses of historical understanding. Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association, San Francisco, CA.
Freedman, E. B. (2009). The political substance of historical thinking: Tracing student conceptions of American progress and opportunity during an 11-week unit. Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association, San Diego, CA.
Freedman, E. B. (2008). Historical thinking by design: Creating, teaching, and assessing an inquiry-based curriculum. Annual Meeting of the National Council for the Social Studies (College and University Faculty Assembly), Houston, TX.
Freedman, E. B. (2005). Rethinking critical consciousness: Towards a framework for training wise and ethical citizens. Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Montreal, Quebec.