Here is an idiosyncratic running list of resources organized into the following broad categories (click on a category’s name to jump to that section):

Dive in.  Look around. Explore. Make suggestions for additions—or reviews of current entries—in the comments so they can be added to the list.

Things will be changing fast here in the coming months.

Teaching History

  • American Historical Association. The Next Generation of History Teachers: A challenge to Departments of History at American Colleges and Universities (
  • Anderson, Steve F. Technologies of History: Visual Media and the Eccentricity of the Past (Hanover, NH:  Dartmouth College Press, 2011).
  • Bender, Thomas, et. al. The Education of Historians for the Twenty-first Century (Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2004).
  • Calder, Lendol. “Uncoverage:  Toward a Signature Pedagogy for the History Survey,” Journal of American History 92:4 (March 2006), pp. 1358-1370.
  • Dougherty, Jack and Kristen Nawrotzki. “Writing History in the Digital Age” a born-digital open-review volume.
  • Hacking the Academy: A book Crowdsourced in One Week, 2010 from the Center for History and New Media:
  • Kelly, T. Mills. “The History Curriculum, 2023”
  • Kelly, T. Mills. Teaching History in the Digital Age (Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2013).
  • McClymer, John. “The AHA Guide to Teaching and Learning with New Media”
  • Middendorf, Joan and David Pace. “Decoding the Disciplines: A Model for Helping Students Learn Disciplinary Ways of Thinking,” New Directions for Teaching and Learning 98 (Summer 2004).
  • Orill, Robert and Linn Shapiro. “From Bold Beginnings to an Uncertain Future: The Discipline of History and History Education,” American Historical Review 110:3 (2005).
  • Pace, David. “The Amateur in the Operating Room: History and the Scholarship of teaching and Learning,” American Historical Review 109:4 (October 2004).
  • Pace, David. “Decoding the Reading of History: An Example of the Process, New Directions in Teaching and Learning 98 (Summer 2004). (See companion article by Middendorf and Pace).
  • Reisman, Avishag. “Reading Like a Historian: A Document-Based History Curriculum Intervention in Urban High Schools,” Cognition and Instruction 30:1 (2012), pp. 86-112.
  • Wineburg, Sam. Historical Thinking and Other Unnatural Acts: Charting the Future of Teaching the Past (Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 2001).

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Learning In The Digital Age

  • Bowen, Jose Antonio, Teaching Naked: How Moving Technology Out of Your College Classrom will Improve Student Learning (San Francisco: jossey-Bass, 2012).
  • Davidson, Cathy, Now You See It: How the Brain Science of Attention will Transform the Way we Live, Work, and Learn (New York: Viking, 2011).
  • Davidson, Cathy.  “Should We Really Abolish the Term Paper?”
  • Davidson, Cathy, et. al. (The 21st Century Collective), Field Notes for 21st Century Literacies:  A Guide to New Theories, Methods, and Practices for Open Peer Teaching and Learning (2013).
  • Davidson, Cathy and David Theo Goldberg, The Future of Thinking: Learning Institutions in a Digital Age (Cambridge MA: MIT Press, 2010).
  • Gee, James Paul, The Anti-Education Era: Creating Smarter Students Through Digital Learning (New York: Palgrave-Macmillan, 2013).
  • Gee, James Paul, Situated Language and Learning: A Critique of Traditional Schooling (New York: Routledge, 2004).
  • Gee, James Paul, What Video Games Have to Teach Us About Learning and Literacy, Revised and Updated (New York: Palgrave, 2007).
  • Gee,   “What Video Games Have to Teach Us,”  ACM Computers in Entertainment, Vol. 1, No. 1, October 2003 [3 pp. summary]  Gee, “What Video Games Have to Teach Us”.
  • Gee, James Paul and Elisabeth R. Hayes, Language and Learning the Digital Age (New York: Routledge, 2011).
  • Gee, James Paul and Elisabeth R. Hayes, Women and Gaming: The Sims and 21st Century Learning (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2010).
  • Ito, Mizuko, et al, Hanging Out, Messing Around, and Geeking Out: Kids Living and Learning with New Media (MIT Press, 2010).
  • Jenkins, Henry, et al., Confronting the Challenges of Participatory Culture: Media Education for the 21st Century (Cambridge MA: MIT Press, 2009).
  • MacArthur Foundation Reports on Digital Media and Learning: An influential series of studies.  Free downloads!
  • Rheingold, Howard and Anthony Weeks, Net Smart: How to Thrive Online (Cambridge: MIT Press, 2012).
  • Steinkuehler, Constance, et al. (eds.), Games, Learning, and Society: Learning and Meaning in the Digital Age  (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2012.
  • Sweet, Michael and Larry K. Michaelsen (eds.), Team-Based Learning in the Social Sciences and Humanities: Group Work that Works to generate Critical Thinking and Engagement (Sterling, VA: Stylus, 2012).
  • “The Teaching of the Arts and Humanities at Harvard College: Mapping the Future,” 2013.
  • Thomas, Douglas and John Seely Brown, A New Culture of Learning: Cultivating the Imagination for a World of Constant Change (2011).  See supporting materials at

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Teaching Outcomes And Strategies, Present And Past

  • Arum, Richard and Josipa Roksa, Academically Adrift: Limited Learning on College Campuses (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2011).
  • Bender, Thomas and Carl E. Schorske (eds.), American Academic Culture in Transformation: Fifty Years, Four Disciplines (Princeton: Princeton, 1997).
  • Bok, Derek, Our Underachieving Colleges: A Candid Look at How Much Students Learn and Why They Should be Learning More (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2006).
  • Gardiner, Lion F. “Why We Must Change: The Research Evidence,” Thought  & Action 14:1 (Spring 1998).
  • Graff, Gerald, Clueless in Academe: How Schooling Obscures the Life of the Mind (New Haven: Yale, 2003).
  • Graff, Gerald and Cathy Birkenstein, They Say, I Say: The Moves that Matter in Academic Writing, Second Edition (New York: W. W. Norton, 2010).
  • Lunsford, Andrea A., Writing Matters: Rhetoric in Public and Private Lives (Athens: University of Georgia Press, 2007).
  • Lunsford, Andrea A. and John J. Ruszkiewicz, Everything’s An Argument (Boston, Bedford-St. Martin’s, 2013).
  • Skinner, B. F., The Technology of Teaching (1968).
  • Tyler, Ralph, Basic Principles of Curriculum and Instruction (1949).
  • Williams, Joseph M. and Gregory G. Colomb, The Craft of Argument, Concise Edition (New York: Longman, 2003).

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University Business, History And Politics

  • Archibald, Robert B. and David H. Feldman, Why Does College Cost So Much? (New York: Oxford, 2011).
  • Barber, Michael, et al. An Avalanche is Coming: Higher Education and the Revolution Ahead (Pearson, 2013)/
  • Bok, Derek.  Higher Education in America (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2013).
  • Bok, Derek, Universities in the Marketplace: The Commercialization of Higher Education (Princeton: Princeton, 2003).
  • Bowen, Bill, Higher Education in the Digital Age.
  • Bousquet, Marc, How the University Works: Higher Education and the Low-Wage Nation (New York: New York University Press, 2008).
  • Bowen, William G., Higher Education in the Digital Age (Princeton: Princeton, 2013).
  • Christensen, Clayton. The Innovative University: Changing the DNA of Higher Education from the Inside Out (San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2011).
  • Donoghue, Frank, The Last Professors: The Corporate University and the Fate of the Humanities (New York: Fordham University Press, 2008).
  • Ginsberg, Benjamin, The Fall of the Faculty: The Rise of the All-Administrative University and Why It Matters (New York: Oxford, 2011).
  • Keeling, Richard P. and Richard H. Hersh, We’re Losing Our Minds: Rethinking American Higher Education (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012.
  • Menand, Louis, The Marketplace of Ideas: Reform and Resistance in the American University (New York: W. W. Norton, 2010).
  • Newfield, Christopher, Ivy and Industry: Business and the Making of the American University, 1880-1980 (Durham: Duke, 2003).
  • Newfield, Christopher, Unmaking the Public University: The Forty-Year Assault on the Middle Class (Cambridge: Harvard, 2008).

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2 Responses to Bibliography

  1. prof2144 says:

    Easily Distracted is written by a history prof at Swarthmore. This blog entry is his proposal for a 21st century college.

  2. Pingback: Faculty Research: Designing History’s Future with Karl Hagstrom Miller « AMS :: ATX

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