Research
Presentations &
Publications
A summary of research and scholarly work by Christopher Martell:
 
Books
Martell, C. C. (Ed.). (in press). Social studies teacher education: Critical issues 
and current perspectives. Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing.

Research Journal Articles (Refereed) 
Martell, C. C. (in press). Equity- and tolerance-oriented teachers: Approaches to teaching 
race in the social studies classroom. Theory & Research in Social Education.
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Martell, C. C. (2017). Approaches to teaching race in elementary social studies: A
case study of preservice teachers. The Journal of Social Studies Research, 41(1), 75-87.
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Martell, C. C. & Sequenzia, M. R. (2016). Working the dialectic: Teaching and 
learning teacher research in social studies. The Educational Forum, 80(4), 407-416.
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Martell, C. C. (2016). Divergent views of race: Examining Whiteness in the U.S. history 
classroom. Social Studies Research and Practice, 11(1), 93-111.
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Stevens, K. M. & Martell, C. C. (2016). An avenue for challenging sexism: Examining 
the high school sociology classroom. Journal of Social Science Education, 15(1), 63-73.
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Martell, C. C. (2016). Teaching emerging teacher-researchers: Examining a district-based 
professional development course. Teaching Education, 27(1), 88-102.
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Martell, C. C. (2014). Building a constructivist practice: A longitudinal study of beginning 
history teachers. The Teacher Educator, 49(2), 97-115.
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Martell, C. C. (2013). Race and histories: Examining culturally relevant teaching in the U.S. 
history classroom. Theory & Research in Social Education, 41(1), 65-88.
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Martell, C. C. (2013). Learning to teach history as interpretation: A longitudinal study of 
beginning teachers. The Journal of Social Studies Research, 37(1), 17-31.
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Practitioner Journal Articles (Refereed) 
Kissling, M. T. & Martell, C. C. (2014). Analyzing the messages of the State of the Union 
Address. Social Education, 78(6), 269-272.
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Dunne, K. A. & Martell, C. C. (2013). Teaching America's past to our newest Americans: 
Immigrant students and United States history, Social Education, 77(4), 192-195.
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Book Chapters 
Martell, C. C., Bryson, J. R., & Chapman-Hale, W. C. (2017). Teaching racial inequity 
through the California Gold Rush. In P. Chandler & T. S. Hawley (Eds.), Race lessons: 
Using inquiry to teach about race in social studies (pp. 61-74). Charlotte, NC: Information 
Age Publishing. 
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Martell, C. C. (2015). Learning to teach culturally relevant social studies: A White teacher’s 
retrospective self-study. In P. Chandler (Ed.), Doing race in social studies: Critical 
perspectives (pp. 41-60). Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing.
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Martell, C. C., & Hashimoto-Martell, E. A. (2012). Throwing out the textbook: A teacher 
research study of changing texts in the history classroom. In H. Hickman & B. J. Porfilio 
(Eds.), The new politics of the textbook: Critical analysis in the core content areas 
(pp. 305-320). Boston, MA: Sense Publishers.
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Conference Papers 
Martell, C. C. & Sequenzia, M. R. (2017). Working the dialectics in teacher research and social 
studies education. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research 
Association, San Antonio, TX.

Bryson, J. R., Bien, A. C., Martell, C. C., & Gibbons, E. (2017). Immersive field-based methods 
courses for preservice teachers. Presentation at the Massachusetts Department of 
Elementary and Secondary Education Annual Instructional Support Convening, Marlborough, MA.

Martell, C. C. & Stevens, K. M. (2016). Models of culturally relevant teaching in social 
studies. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the College and University Faculty 
Assembly of the National Council for the Social Studies, Washington, DC.

Chandler, P. T., Hawley, T., Bolgatz, J., Broome, J., Busey, C., Crowley, R., … Martell, C. C. 
(2016). Book talk: Using inquiry to teach about race in social studies. Presentation at the 
Annual Conference of the National Council for the Social Studies, Washington, DC.

Martell, C. C. & Stevens, K. M. (2016). The beliefs and practices of race-conscious 
social studies teachers. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational 
Research Association, Washington, DC.

Martell, C. C. & Stevens, K. M. (2016). A survey of teachers’ perceptions of race and gender 
in social studies. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational 
Research Association, Washington, DC.

Stevens, K. M. & Martell, C. C. (2016). Gender equity in social studies: An analysis of 
teachers’ beliefs and practices. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American 
Educational Research Association, Washington, DC.
Martell, C. C. and Stevens, K. M. (2015). The personal and professional experiences of 
race-conscious teachers. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the College and 
University Faculty Assembly of the National Council for the Social Studies, New Orleans, LA.

Martell, C. C. (2015). Uncovering the omitted past: Teaching race-related events in U.S. 
history. Presentation at the Annual Conference of the National Council for the Social Studies, 
New Orleans, LA.

Martell, C. C. (2015). Developing inquiry-based teaching practices: A 6-year longitudinal 
study of history teachers. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American 
Educational Research Association, Chicago, IL.

Martell, C. C. (2015). Learning to teach about race in elementary social studies. Paper 
presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association, 
Chicago, IL.

Martell, C. C. (2014). Examining social studies teachers’ beliefs about teaching race. Paper 
presented at the Annual Meeting of the College and University Faculty Assembly of the 
National Council for the Social Studies, Boston, MA.

Stevens, K. M. & Martell, C. C. (2014). Teacher beliefs on gender in the sociology classroom. 
Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the College and University Faculty Assembly 
of the National Council for the Social Studies, Boston, MA.

Martell, C. C. (2014). Beyond slavery and civil rights: Teaching race in U.S. history. 
Presentation at the Annual Conference of the National Council for the Social Studies, 
Boston, MA.

Chandler, P. T., Crowley, R., Finley, S., King, L., Shear, S. B., Vickery, A. … Martell, C. C. 
(2014). Book talk: Doing race in social studies: Critical perspectives. Presentation at the 
Annual Conference of the National Council for the Social Studies, Boston, MA.

Kissling, M. T. & Martell, C. C. (2014). The state of the source: Scrutinizing speeches for 
democratic citizenship. Presentation at the Annual Conference of the National Council 
for the Social Studies, Boston, MA.

Young, C. R., Stevens, K. M., Sequenzia, M. R., & Martell, C. C. (2014). Using teacher 
research in the social studies classroom. Presentation at the Annual Conference of the 
National Council for the Social Studies, Boston, MA.

Martell, C. C. (2014). Teaching about race in a multicultural setting: Culturally relevant 
pedagogy and the U.S. history classroom. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the 
American Educational Research Association, Philadelphia, PA.
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Martell, C. C. (2014). Action research as empowering professional development: 
Examining a district-based teacher research course. Paper presented at the Annual 
Meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Philadelphia, PA. 
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Martell, C. C. (2013). Whiteness in the social studies classroom: Students’ conceptions of 
race and ethnicity in U.S. history. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American 
Educational Research Association, San Francisco, CA.
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Martell, C. C. (2012). Investigating the intersection of race and histories in the classroom. 
Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association, 
Vancouver, BC. 
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Martell, C. C. (2012). Making meaning of constructivism: A longitudinal study of beginning 
history teachers' beliefs and practices. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the 
American Educational Research Association, Vancouver, BC. 
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Martell, C. C. & Hashimoto-Martell, E. A. (2011). Throwing out the history textbook: 
Changing social studies texts and the impact on students. Paper presented at the Annual 
Meeting of the American Educational Research Association, New Orleans, LA. 
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Martell, C. C. (2011). A longitudinal study of learning to teach history as interpretation. 
Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association, 
New Orleans, LA. 
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Martell, C. C. (2011). Taking on the history textbook: A critical examination of texts used in a 
social studies classroom. Paper presented at the University of Pennsylvania Ethnography in 
Education Research Forum, Philadelphia, PA. 
 
Martell, C. C. (2010). Barriers to historical inquiry: The disconnection between the beliefs and 
classroom practices of preservice social studies teachers. Paper presented at the Annual 
Meeting of the College and University Faculty Assembly of the National Council for the Social 
Studies, Denver, CO. 
 
Martell, C. C. (2010). Continuously uncertain reform effort: State-mandated history and 
social science curriculum and the perceptions of teachers. Paper presented at the Annual 
Meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Denver, CO. 
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Heald, S. C., Zavagnin, A. J., & Martell, C. C. (2009). Moving forward into the past: How 
teachers teach and learn history. Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the National 
Council for the Social Studies, Atlanta, GA.
 
Martell, C. C. (2009). State-mandated history and social science curriculum framework and 
the perception of teachers: A qualitative study. Paper presented at the Annual Conference 
of the New England Educational Research Organization, Portsmouth, NH. 
 
Martell, C. C., Heald, S. C., & Zavagnin, A. J. (2009). Moving forward into the past: Beginning 
teachers' perceptions of learning and teaching history. Paper presented at the Annual 
Conference of the New England Educational Research Organization, Portsmouth, NH. 
 
Martell, C. C., Heald, S. C., & Zavagnin, A. J. (2009). Moving forward into the past: How do 
teachers teach and learn history differently? Paper presented at the Harvard Graduate School 
of Education Student Research Conference, Cambridge, MA. 
 
Dissertation 
Martell, C. C. (2011). Longitudinal analysis of teacher education: The case of history teachers. 
Unpublished doctoral dissertation, Boston University, Boston, MA. 
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Research Projects 
National Study on the State of Social Studies Teachers (2010). Leader, Massachusetts 
Evidence Team