Wednesday, July 18, 2018

SOE alumna Anne-Lise Halvorsen co-authors U.S. history textbook that promotes critical thinking and social responsibility


Halvorsen Book Cover

Anne-Lise F. Halvorsen (AM ’02, PhD ’06) co-authored the book Reasoning with Democratic Values 2.0: Ethical Issues in American History with retired SOE faculty member David E. Harris and Paul F. Dain. Published in June 2018, it is a supplementary textbook for students of U.S. history. There are two student volumes and an instructor's manual. The 39 chapters in the books comprise a unique approach to infusing the study of American history with ethical deliberation by students. The authors developed a website to support the use of the books:

Anne-Lise Halvorsen is an associate professor in the Department of Teacher Education at Michigan State University. Her research interests are elementary social studies education, historical inquiry, project-based learning, the history of education, the integration of social studies and literacy, and teacher preparation in the social studies. She is the author of A History of Elementary Social Studies: Romance and Reality (Peter Lang, 2013) and the co-author of Powerful Social Studies for Elementary Students (Cengage, 2012). Anne-Lise was the recipient of the Michigan Council for the Social Studies College Educator of the Year award in 2017. She is a former kindergarten teacher and a former curriculum writer for the State of Michigan.

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