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Sam Wineburg

Biography

Sam Wineburg is the Margaret Jacks Professor of Education and, by courtesy, of History & American Studies at Stanford University. Educated at Brown and Berkeley, he holds a doctorate in Psychological Studies in Education from Stanford and an honorary doctorate from Sweden's Umeå University. Wineburg heads the Stanford History Education Group (sheg.stanford.edu), whose curriculum and assessments have been downloaded seven million times, making it one of largest providers of free curriculum in the world. His current work focuses on how people judge the credibility of digital content, research that has been reported in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Washington Post, NPR, Time Magazine, BBC, Die Zeit and translated into dozens of languages. Wineburg's scholarship sits at the crossroads of three fields: the psychology of teaching and learning, history, and education, and his articles have appeared in such diverse outlets as Cognitive Science, Journal of American History, Smithsonian Magazine, Washington Post, USA Today and the Los Angeles Times. In 2002 his book, Historical Thinking and Other Unnatural Acts: Charting the Future of Teaching the Past won the Frederic W. Ness Award from the Association of American Colleges and Universities for work that makes the most important contribution to the "improvement of Liberal Education and understanding the Liberal Arts." In 2013, he was named the Obama-Nehru Distinguished Chair by the US-India Fulbright Commission and spent four months crisscrossing India giving lectures about his work. His latest book, Why Learn History (When It's Already on Your Phone), was published in 2018 by the University of Chicago Press. In 2015 he was inducted into the National Academy of Education.

Other Titles

Margaret Jacks Professor of Education and Professor, by courtesy, of History
Professor (By courtesy), History

Program Affiliations

CTE: History/Social Science Education
DAPS
(MA) STEP
Education and Jewish Studies

Research Interests

Civic Education | Psychology | Teachers and Teaching

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Recent Publications

McGrew, S., Smith, M., Breakstone, J., Ortega, T., & Wineburg, S. (2019). Improving university students' web savvy: An intervention study. The British Journal of Educational Psychology.

Smith, M., Breakstone, J., & Wineburg, S. (2019). History Assessments of Thinking: A Validity Study. COGNITION AND INSTRUCTION, 37(1), 118–44.

Breakstone, J., McGrew, S., Smith, M., Ortega, T., & Wineburg, S. (2018). Why we need a new approach to teaching digital literacy. PHI DELTA KAPPAN, 99(6), 27–32.

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