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Jason C. Fitzgerald, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Curriculum and Instruction

Social Studies


Department
Curriculum and Instruction
Office
McAllan Hall 207
Phone
732-571-3497
Email
jfitzger@monmouth.edu

Jason C. Fitzgerald, Ph.D.

A scholar of civic thinking, Fitzgerald brings his years of social studies teaching experience to explorations of youth civic engagement. Widely published, he collaborates with schools in New York and New Jersey, training teachers to facilitate action civics in their classrooms. Drawing on his experiences as a middle school social studies teacher in the diverse communities of Montgomery County, Maryland, Fitzgerald’s research explores the ways in which social studies is taught to marginalized populations. His civics-specific research interests have led him to the psychological studies of civic planning as an ill-structured problem category. With this work, he has helped to develop action civics curriculum for Generation Citizen, a national non-profit educational organization, and for young African Leaders as part of President Obama’s Mandela Washington Fellows program, part of the Young African Leaders Initiative; he has been Co-PI on over $500,000 of grant money from the United States Department of State, managed by IREX. Fitzgerald has served on the Board of Directors for Generation Citizen and on the board of the New York State Council for the Social Studies.

Education

Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA

M.S., McDaniel College, Westminster, Md

Graduate Certificate in School Administration, McDaniel College, Westminster, Md.

B.A., McDaniel College, Westminster, Md.

Publications

Books

Book Chapters:

  • Fitzgerald, J.C., Cohen, A.K., & Ferman, B. (2019). Preparing college students to facilitate action civics among K-12 students. Pineda-Alfonso, de Alba-Fernandez, and Navarro-Medina (Eds). Handbook of Research on Education for Participative Citizenship and Global Prosperity (Chapter 19). CGI Global: Hershey, PA.
  • Fitzgerald, J.C. (2017). Relationships informing process: Reframing the foundation of civics education. Aloni, N. and Weintrob, L. (Eds). Beyond bystanders: Educational leadership for a humane culture in a globalizing world (89-101). Sense Publishers: New York, NY.
  • Fitzgerald, J.C. & Mattix, A.A. (2014). Activity #17: Person Like Me. Cushner, K. and Dowdy J. (Eds.). From the margins toward the mainstream: Activities to enhance social justice awareness in social studies and the social foundations of education. Rowmann Littlefield Publishers: Lanham, MD.

Scholarly Articles

Blind, Peer-Reviewed Articles:

  • Fitzgerald, J.C. (2019). Teaching the reasons why: An analysis of causation in history textbooks and historical primary source documents. Universal Journal of Educational Research. 7(4), 1027-1036. 
  • Cohen, A.K. & Fitzgerald, J.C. (2017). Measuring the relational aspects of civic engagement and action. Journal of International Social Studies. 7(2), 4-19.
  • Fitzgerald, J.C. (2016). Pre-planning civic action: An analysis of civic leaders’ problem solving strategies. Journal of International Social Studies. 6(2), 58-83.
  • Fitzgerald, J.C. (2014). An analysis of causal asyndetic constructions in United States history textbooks. Functional Linguistics. 1(5). doi:10.1186/2196-419X-1-5
  • Fitzgerald, J.C. (2012). “It doesn’t say:” Exploring students’ understanding of asyndetic constructions in history textbooks. Social Studies Research and Practice. 7(3). 
  • Fitzgerald, J.C. (2011). Remembering George Washington: What do instructional materials teach us about Washington’s patriotism. The Social Studies. 102(6), 242-248. 
  • Fitzgerald, J.C. (2009). Textbooks and primary source analysis. Social Studies Research and Practice, 4(3).

Peer-Reviewed Articles:

  • Love, A., Dietrich, A., Fitzgerald, J.C., & Gordon, D. (2014). Integrating collaborative learning in and out of the classroom. Journal on Excellence in College Teaching.
  • Fitzgerald, J.C. & Andes, S. (2013). Preparing active citizens: Exploring ethical issues of providing educative civic experiences for youths. Issues in Engaged Scholarship. 2, 5-14.

Presentations/Invited Talks

Referred:

  • Cohen, A., Andes, S., Jennings, A., & Fitzgerald, J.C. (2016). “Expanding opportunities for diverse forms of civic participation in the classroom: Lessons from action civics.” Paper presented at the Association of Moral Education 2016 Conference, Cambridge, MA.
  • Cohen, A. and Fitzgerald, J.C. (2016). “Measuring the relational aspects of civic engagement and action.” Paper presented at the American Educational Research Association (AERA) Annual Conference, Washington, D.C. 
  • Maker, E., Cohen, A., Fitzgerald, J.C., Pope, A. (2015). “Effective civics education pedagogy and programs: A systematic review.” Paper to be presented at the American Educational Research Association (AERA) Annual Conference, Chicago, IL.
  • Fitzgerald, J.C., Cohen A., Ferman, B. (2014). “Preparing college students to facilitate action civics among K-12 students.” Paper presented at the American Educational Research Association (AERA) Annual Conference, Philadelphia, PA.
  • Fitzgerald, J.C., Cohen A., Ferman B. (2013). “Structural and ethical considerations of preparing college students to mentor K-12 students in civic engagement.” Paper presented at the Philadelphia Higher Education Network for Neighborhood Development (PHENND) Annual Conference, Bryn Mawr, PA.
  • Andes, S., Fitzgerald, J.C., DeVito, J., Morton, P., Fuchs, A., Haskell, S. (2012). Ethical dilemmas in the engagement of college students, service recipients, and staff of diverse backgrounds: The value of similarities and differences. Symposium presentation at the New York Metro Area Partnership for Service-Learning Symposium (NYMAPS), New York, New York.
  • Fitzgerald, J.C. (2010). ‘It doesn’t say’: Exploring seventh-grade students’ understanding of asyndetic constructions in history textbooks. Paper presented at the National Council for the Social Studies, College and University Faculty Assembly, Denver, Colorado.
  • Fitzgerald, J.C. & Wieland, K.M. (2010). Snapshots in time: Capturing college-age readers’ word meaning construction, frame by frame. Poster presented at the American Educational Research Association, Denver, Colorado.
  • Wieland, K.M. & Fitzgerald, J.C. (2010). Palimpsests and pentimentos: Incremental word-meaning construction from context. Poster presented at the American Educational Research Association, Denver, Colorado.
  • Wieland, K.M., & Fitzgerald, J.C. (2010). Quantifying the contextual vocabulary acquisition (CVA) outcomes of college-age readers. Paper presented at the University of Pittsburgh Council for Graduate Students of Education Conference.
  • Wieland, K.M., Fitzgerald, J.C. & Kapelner, A. (2009). Contextual vocabulary analysis processes and outcomes of college age readers. Paper presented at the National Reading Conference, Albuquerque, New Mexico.
  • Fitzgerald, J.C. (2009). Causing confusion: Asyndetic constructions as a means of relating cause and effect in history textbooks, Paper presented at the National Council for the Social Studies, College and University Faculty Assembly, Atlanta, Georgia.

Invited:

  • Fitzgerald, J.C. (2018). Curriculum Development Models for Student Success. Wagner College Evelyn School of Nursing, New York, NY.
  • Fitzgerald, J.C. (2016). Case Study-based Seminar Discussions. United States Department of State, Washington, District of Columbia.
  • Fitzgerald, J.C. (2016). Educating for democracy: The role of young people in re-invigorating our democracy. Ford Foundation Convening, New York, NY.
  • Fitzgerald, J.C. (2015). Educating for democracy: The role of young people in re-invigorating our democracy. Ford Foundation Convening, New York, NY. 
  • Fitzgerald, J.C. & Ruggeri, K. (2014). Flipped out! Prepping for flipped classroom conversion in 15 weeks of less. Wagner College Innovation Celebration: Teaching & Learning Symposium, Staten Island, New York.
  • Weintrob, L.R. & Fitzgerald, J.C. (2013). From student learning to youth leadership: Lessons in activism from the civil rights movement to Hurricane Sandy. Presentation for Faculty at Wagner College, Staten Island, NY.
  • Mule, A. & Fitzgerald, J.C. (2013). Tweet this: Using #socialmedia in ur classroom 2 #connect w/ @wagnerstudents. Presentation for Faculty at Wagner College, Staten Island, NY.
  • Preskill, S., DeMoss, K., Gordon, D., Fitzgerald, J.C. (2012). The right to education. Panel presentation at Wagner College, New York in honor of Constitution Day.
  • Fitzgerald, J.C. (2012) Web 2.0 and student learning. Presentation for teachers and administrators at Lavelle Prep, Staten Island, NY.
  • Fitzgerald, J.C. (2010) History, language and process(ing). Presentation for the McDaniel College Lyceum Series, Westminster, MD.

Professional Associations

  • American Educational Research Association (2009-present)
  • National Council for the Social Studies (2008-present)
  • International Social Studies Association (2013-present)

Courses