Professor, M.A.T. Program, School of Education
I am a professor specializing in secondary curriculum and instruction in social studies and language arts.
I am particularly interested in democratic citizenship education, especially the role of classroom talk in fostering the knowledge, skills, and dispositions a democratic society requires. I do comparative work, examining how other societies understand and enact their constitutional values in schools.
I teach several undergraduate courses which address a variety of issues in education:
Making Men: Schools and Masculinity
Schools and Literacy: An Introduction
Education 419 (M.A.T. prerequisite)
American Schools Inside and Out
I also teach the following courses as part of the M.A.T. program:
Elementary Literacy and Social Studies, Curriculum and Instruction
Seminar in Secondary Social Studies and Language Arts, Curriculum and Instruction
Seminar in Educational Experience
B.A., Seattle Pacific University
M.Ed., University of Puget Sound
Educational Administration, 1990
Ph.D., University of Washington
Democratic Citizenship Education, 2000
K-12 School Experience Classroom
Teacher, Grades 3, 4, 6, 7, 8 (suburban and reservation classrooms)
Gifted Education Specialist, Grades 3, 4, 5, 6
Computer Coordinating Teacher, K-12 (part time)
Public School Principal, two schools (nine years)
Recent Publications and Presentations
Beck, T.A. (March, 2008)
"Too many people lost their heads! Religion and the schools: Lessons from France." Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, New York, NY.
Beck, T.A. (November, 2007)
"Liberty, equality, and secularism: Lessons and challenges from France." Paper presented at the annual meeting of the College and University Faculty of the National Council for the Social Studies, San Diego, CA.
Beck, T.A. (September, 2006)
"Paradoxes of a white man teaching race." Paper presented at the Race and Pedagogy National Conference, Tacoma, WA.
Beck, T.A. (2008)
Behind the mask: Social studies concepts and English-language learners. Social Education.
Beck, T.A. (2005)
Tools of deliberation: Exploring the complexity of learning to lead elementary civics discussions. Theory and Research in Social Education, 33 (1), 103–119.
Beck, T.A., Kline, C., Ryken, A.E., and Hamel, F.L. (2004)
Mirror accountability: Using data to see ourselves and to show ourselves to others. AILACTE Journal, 1 (1), 69–89.
Beck, T.A. (2003)
"If he murdered someone, he shouldn't get a lawyer": Engaging young children in civics deliberation. Theory and Research in Social Education, 31 (3), 326–346.