School of Education
Terence Beck specializes in literacy and social studies instruction in elementary and secondary schools. He is interested in democratic citizenship education, especially in the role of classroom discussion in fostering the knowledge, skills, and dispositions a democratic society requires. He co-authored (with Walter Parker, University of Washington) the 15th edition of Social Studies in Elementary Education, a comprehensive text designed for beginning elementary and middle school social studies teachers. Beck’s recent research has focused on discussions of controversial issues in high school classrooms, with an emphasis on classroom safety, and what it means to dissent and express unpopular views. His 2013 article,“Identity, Discourse, and Safety in a High School Discussion of Same-Sex Marriage,” in Theory & Research in Social Education, is an example of this work. Beck teaches courses on race and sexuality in education.
B.A., Seattle Pacific University, 1979; M.Ed., University of Puget Sound, 1990; Ph.D., University of Washington, 2000