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Mary Beth Henning, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Social Studies Education

Department:

Curriculum and Instruction

Education:

  • Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University, Curriculum & Instruction
  • M.S.Ed., University of Toledo, Secondary Education 
  • B.A., The College of Wooster, Political Science & Urban Studies 

Research Interests:

Mary Beth Henning teaches courses on the improvement of social studies curriculum and instruction.  She also teaches courses in curriculum and instruction theory and courses that review research in teacher education and curriculum and instruction. As former co-director and current Advisory Board member of the NIU Center for Economic Education, Dr. Henning has presented to hundreds of teachers about the improvement of economic education. Her research interests focus on integrated curriculum and instruction and reinvigorating social studies teaching and learning.

Recent Publications:

  • Henning, M. B. (Ed.). (2017). Innovations in Economic Education:  Promising Practices for Teachers and Students, K-16.  New York, NY:  Routledge.
  • Henning, M. B., & Batson, T (2017).  Leonardo DiCaprio:  The “Economic Man” and key economic concepts in his movies.  In W. B. Russell III, & S. Waters (Eds.), Cinematic social studies:  A resource for teaching and learning social studies with film (pp. 495 - 512).  Charlotte, NC:  Information Age.
  • Henning, M.B., & Johnson, R. T. (2014). Integrating literature into a study of social issues in United States history: Adding context, emotion, and perspective. In S. Totten, & J.E. Peterson (Eds). Educating about social issues in the 20th and 21st centuries, Volume 4: A critical annotated bibliography. Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing.
  • Henning, M.B., & Johnson, R. T. (2013). The Vietnam War: Dilemmas of power. In S. Totten, & J.E. Peterson (Eds). Educating about social issues in the 20th and 21st centuries, Volume 2: A critical annotated bibliography (pp. 161- 188). Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing.
  • Henning, M.B. (2013). From “community helpers” to “community service”: Using a WebQuest with second graders. Journal of the Research Center for Educational Technology, 9(1), 156 – 173.
  • Shin, E.-k., & Henning, M. B. (2012). Discordant dreams: Elementary preservice teachers’ and teacher educators’ views of elementary teacher education. Korean Journal of Educational Research, 50(4), 23-47
  • Henning, M.B., & Kruger, T.(2012 ).  Oliver, Shaver & Newmann’s Public Issues Model:  Promoting productive civic discussions.  In S. Totten, & J.E. Peterson (Eds). Educating about social issues in the 20th and 21st centurie,s Volume 1:  A critical annotated bibliography (pp. 135- 148). Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing.  
  • Henning, M.B., & Bell, D. (2011).  Second graders connect to their community with a WebQuest.  Social Studies and the Young Learner, 24(1), 10-13.
  • Henning, M.B., Peterson, B., & King, K. (2011). Infusing science, technology, and society into an elementary teacher education program:  The impact on preservice teachers.  Teacher Education & Practice, 24(1), 46-65.
  • Campbell, C., & Henning, M.B. (2010). Planning, teaching, and assessing elementary education interdisciplinary curriculum.  International Journal of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, 22 (2),  179-186.
  • Coulter, J., & Henning, M.B. (2008).  Singing jingles in social studies.  Journal of the Illinois Council for the Social Studies, 68, 15-22.
  • Matson, T., & Henning, M.B. (2008).  Comparing societies from the 1500s in the sixth grade. Social Studies and the Young Learner, 20(3),8-11.
  • Girard, A., & Henning, M.B. (2007). What’s in a name?  Investigating whom to memorialize.  Middle Level Learning,30,13-15.
  • Bell, D., & Henning, M.B. (2007).  DeKalb County, Illinois:  A local history project for second graders.  Social Studies and the Young Learner,19(3), 7-11.
  • Henning, M.B., Snow-Gerono, J.L., Reed, D., & Warner, A. (2006). Listening to children think critically about Christopher Columbus.  Social Studies and the Young Learner, 19(2), 19-22.
  • Henning, M.B., & Campbell, C. (2005). Reflections on integrating assessment and social studies course work.  The Southern Social Studies Journal,31 (1), 9-26.
  • Henning, M.B., & King, K.P. (2005). Implementing STS curriculum: From university courses to elementary classrooms.  Bulletin of Science, Technology & Society, 25(3), 254-259.

Recent Presentations:

  • Henning, M. B. (2016, November). Using inquiry to find economics in STEAM children's literature/informational texts. Presentation delivered at The National Council for the Social Studies annual conference, Washington, DC.
  • Henning, M. B., & Batson, T. (2016, October). Leonardo DiCaprio:  The “Economic Man” and key economic concepts in his movies.  Presentation delivered at the annual meeting of The Council for Economic Education, Phoenix, AZ. 
  • Henning, M. B., & Vanfossen, P. (2015, November). The Best On-Line Resources for Teaching Economics:  EconEdLink.  Presentation delivered at The National Council for the Social Studies annual conference, New Orleans, LA.
  • Henning, M. B., & Lucey, T. (2015, October). Preservice Teachers and Teacher Educators’ Perceptions of Financial Literacy.  Research presentation delivered at the annual meeting of The Council for Economic Education, St. Petersburg, FL. 
  • Hamilton, K., Pennington, T., Henning, M. B., & Shin, E.K. (2014, March). Improving social studies education in Professional Development Schools. Presentation delivered at The Professional Development Schools National Conference, Las Vegas, NV.
  • Henning, M. B., & Kruger, T. (2012, November). Let’s agree to disagree: Using controversy in American history.  Presentation delivered at The National Council for the Social Studies annual conference, Seattle, WA.  
  • Henning, MB., & Lucey, T. (2012, October). Promoting economic education among preservice teachers.  Presentation delivered at the Financial Literacy and Economic Education Conference of the Council for Economic Education, Kansas City, MO.   
  • Henning, M. B., Pederson, J., Spearman, M., Zevin, J. & Washington, E. (2011, December). Teaching social issues across the curriculum: A panel discussion on contemporary practices and research.  Presentation delivered at the College and University Faculty Assembly of The National Council for the Social Studies annual conference, Washington, DC.  
  • Henning, M. B., Kruger, T., Evans, R., Stern, B., Fernekes, W., & Previte, M. (2011, December). Applying classic models for teaching social issues: A panel discussion.  Presentation delivered at the College and University Faculty Assembly of The National Council for the Social Studies annual conference, Washington, DC.
  • Henning, M. B. (2010, November). African-American history in a white rural middle school: A case study of a white teacher and her white students.  Research paper delivered at the College and University Faculty Assembly of The National Council for the Social Studies annual conference, Denver, CO.
  • Henning, M. B., Johnson, T., & Reitz, E. (2010, November). Political cartoons and primary sources: Examining the Patriot Act.  Presentation delivered at the National Council for the Social Studies annual conference, Denver, CO.
  • Johnson, T., Henning, M. B., & Reitz, E. (2010, November). Visual literacy: Analyzing pictures and maps from the cold war.  Presentation delivered at the National Council for the Social Studies annual conference, Denver, CO.
  • Henning, M. B. (2009, November). Learning about community services through a  WebQuest: A case study of a second grade classroom.  Research paper delivered at the College and University Faculty Assembly of The National Council for the Social Studies annual conference, Atlanta, GA.
  • Shin, E., & Henning, M. B. (2008, November). Using maps for critical thinking in elementary classrooms.  Presentation delivered at the National Council for the Social Studies annual conference, Houston, TX.
  • Henning, M. B., Lanahan, B. K., Good, A., Heafner, T., & Nagel, P. (2007, December). Teaching social studies methods in a high-stakes environment.  Presentation at the National Council for the Social Studies annual conference, San Diego, CA.

Classes:

  • TLEE 342. The Teaching of Social Studies in the Elementary School
  • TLEE 775.  Studying Teacher Education
  • TLCI 703.  Design of Curriculum and Instruction
  • TLCI 702.  Research Seminar in Curriculum Leadership

Notable Accomplishments:

  • Past Chair, Teacher Education Special Interest Group of the National Council for the Social Studies
  • Illinois Council for the Social Studies Board of Directors
  • Chair of the M.A.T. Degree Development Committee
  • Review Board, The Councilor

Contact Us

Department of Curriculum and Instruction
Gabel Hall 147
815-753-8556
815-753-8563 (fax)
CIDepartment@niu.edu 

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