Tim Patterson is an assistant professor in Teaching and Learning at Temple University. His primary scholarly interest unites two important strands of the research on social studies education: teacher education and global studies. He has conducted studies on various factors that condition, constrain, and otherwise influence the pedagogical decision making of pre- and in-service social studies teachers. His dissertation research brought him to China, where he investigated the learning of American teachers participating in a 3-week study abroad program. He has also investigated teacher preparation in museums, archives, historical homes, and other cultural institutes, historical children’s literature, and the identity development of early career social studies teachers. More recently, his focus has shifted to concerts, film festivals, and other global events as venues for enactments of global citizenship education. His research has been published in such journals as Teaching and Teacher Education, the Journal of Teacher Education, Teachers College Record, Theory & Research in Social Education, and the British Journal of Educational Studies.

Patterson also holds a courtesy appointment in the Department of History and is an affiliated faculty member in the Center for Public History at Temple University. Before joining the faculty at Temple University he was an Assistant Professor at Sacred Heart University, an instructor at Teachers College, Columbia University, and a social studies teacher in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. He has received several awards for his teaching, including a Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching in 2022 and an award for outstanding advising and mentorship from the College of Education and Human Development in 2021.

Research Interests

  • International Education/Studies
  • Social Studies Education
  • Teacher Education/Development

Courses Taught




MGSE 3466

Methods and Materials in Secondary Social Studies


MGSE 4465

Teaching for Understanding in Secondary Social Studies


MGSE 5465

Methods and Materials in Secondary Social Studies


MGSE 5466

Teaching for Understanding in Secondary Social Studies


URBE 5565

The Origins of Urban Education


EDUC 4389

Field Experience


Selected Publications

  • Patterson, T., Bridgelal, I., & Kaplan, A. (2022). Becoming a social studies teacher: An integrative systems perspective on identity content, structure, and processes. Teaching and Teacher Education, 120, pp. 103899-103899. Elsevier BV. doi: 10.1016/j.tate.2022.103899

  • Patterson, T., Han, I., & Esposito, L. (2022). Virtual reality for the promotion of historical empathy: A mixed-methods analysis. Theory & Research in Social Education, 50(4), pp. 553-580. Informa UK Limited. doi: 10.1080/00933104.2022.2118091

  • Shuttleworth, J. & Patterson, T.J. (2021). Ansel Adams and Dorothea Lange at Manzanar: Photojournalistic activism and the Japanese American incarceration. Social Education, 85(4), pp. 211-215. National Council for the Social Studies.

  • Patterson, T. & Torsney, B. (2021). Does preparing citizens matter? Examining the value of civic mindedness in pre-service teachers. Journal of Social Studies Research, 45(3), pp. 211-226. doi: 10.1016/j.jssr.2020.12.002

  • Patterson, T. (2021). Historians, Archivists, and Museum Educators as Teacher Educators: Mentoring Preservice History Teachers at Cultural Institutes. Journal of Teacher Education, 72(1), pp. 113-125. doi: 10.1177/0022487120920251

  • Patterson, T.J. & Shuttleworth, J. (2020). Learning “Hard History” through Children’ Literature about Enslavement. Social Studies and the Young Learner, 32(3), pp. 14-19. National Council for the Social Studies.

  • Shuttleworth, J.M. & Patterson, T. (2020). The discourse of (mis)construction and national history exams. Theory and Research in Social Education, 48(1), pp. 120-145. doi: 10.1080/00933104.2019.1699216

  • Han, I. & Patterson, T. (2020). Teacher learning through technology-enhanced curriculum design using virtual reality. Teachers College Record, 122(7), pp. 16-37.

  • Patterson, T. & Han, I. (2019). Learning to Teach with Virtual Reality: Lessons from One Elementary Teacher. TechTrends, 63(4), pp. 463-469. doi: 10.1007/s11528-019-00401-6

  • Patterson, T. & Shuttleworth, J.M. (2019). The (mis)representation of enslavement in historical literature for elementary students. Teachers College Record, 121(4).

  • Patterson, T. & Choi, Y. (2018). Global citizenship, migration and national curriculum: A tale of two nations. British Journal of Educational Studies, 66(4), pp. 477-496. doi: 10.1080/00071005.2018.1533098

  • Patterson, T.J. (2018). Contact zone learning and international professional development. Social Studies Journal, 37, pp. 35-35. United States: Pennsylvania Council for the Social Studies. Retrieved from

  • Shuttleworth, J.M., Patterson, T.J., & Jaffee, A.T. (2018). Viewing videos of controversial issues instruction: What influences transformative reflection? Journal of Social Studies Education Research, 9(4), pp. 1-29. doi: 10.17499/jsser.75807

  • Patterson, T. & Woyshner, C. (2016). History in Other Contexts: Pre-Service History Teachers' Field Placements at Cultural Institutions. History Teacher, 50(1), pp. 9-31. Retrieved from

  • Patterson, T. & Choi, Y. (2016). Global citizenship education: New pathways in practice. Journal of Research in Curriculum and Instruction, 20(3), pp. 169-172.

  • Patterson, T. (2015). The Transformative Power of Travel? Four Social Studies Teachers Reflect on Their International Professional Development. Theory and Research in Social Education, 43(3), pp. 345-371. doi: 10.1080/00933104.2015.1064504

  • Patterson, T. (2015). On the modern silk road: A case study of the limits and promise of international in-service teacher professional development. In The State of Global Education: Learning with the World and its People (pp. 63-77).

  • Patterson, T. (2014). You’re Doing What This Summer? Making the Most of International Professional Development. The Social Studies, 105(6), pp. 274-277. doi: 10.1080/00377996.2014.930402

  • Patterson, T. (2013). Stories of Self and Other: Four In-Service Social Studies Teachers Reflect on Their International Professional Development. Retrieved from

  • Gaudelli, W. & Patterson, T.J. (2013). It’s just geography: Critical geography and a critique of Advanced Placement Human Geography. In Geography and Social Justice in the Classroom (pp. 114-128). Routledge.

  • POPE, A. & PATTERSON, T. (2012). Two Sides of the Megalopolis: Educating for Sustainable Citizenship. Journal of Social Studies Education Research, 3(2), pp. 1-20. Retrieved from