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Kathy Swan, Ph.D.

Department of Curriculum and Instruction
349 Dickey Hall
(859) 257-1893

Kathy Swan is a professor of curriculum and instruction at the University of Kentucky. Swan has been a four-time recipient of the National Technology Leadership Award in Social Studies Education, innovating with web-based interactive technology curricula including the Historical Scene Investigation Project. She is co-author of the book And Action! Doing Documentaries in the Social Studies Classroom and children’s series Thinking Like A Citizen and co-editor of the book, Teaching the C3 Framework: A Guide to Inquiry Based Instruction in the Social Studies. She is also the co-founder of C3 Teachers. Dr. Swan served as the project director and lead writer of the College, Career, and Civic Life Framework for Social Studies State Standards and was a project director on the New York Social Studies Toolkit. Over the past two years, Dr. Swan has written the economics binder for the DBQ project and co-authored the book, The Inquiry Design Model: Building Inquiries in Social Studies (2018) and Inquiry-Based Practice in Social Studies Education: The Inquiry Design Model (2017; Routledge). Her upcoming book, Blueprinting an Inquiry-Based Curriculum: Planning with the Inquiry Design Model is due to published November, 2019.

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Research categories: Social Studies Education, Technology, Assessment, Teacher Education, Secondary Education