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Michael Kopish

Headshot of a smiling Michael Kopish with a moustache and beard wearing a dark suit and tie.
Associate Professor
Teacher Education
Patton Hall 309R

Dr. Michael Kopish began his career in education as a high school social studies teacher. He holds a B.A. in History with minors in Secondary Education and Psychology from Mt. Mercy College, a Masters of Arts in Teaching from Coe College, and a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction with a minor in Educational Psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Dr. Kopish teaches courses in social studies education and AYA courses in secondary education. His major research interests include teaching and learning in social studies classrooms; inclusive literacy practices; and youth participation and civic engagement.

Research, Engagement, and Outreach interests: Global Citizenship Education, Globally Competent Teaching; Community Engaged Teacher Education, Service Learning; Inclusive Classroom Practices in Social Studies.

Most Recent Publications:

Kopish, M. A., & Nestor, S. (2019). After the Content Course: An Expert-Novice Study of Disciplinary Literacy Practices. Journal of Social Studies Education Research, 10(2), 1-30.

Kopish, M. A. (2019). Advancing democracy in teacher education: Service learning in third space partnerships. In T. T. York, A. S. Tinkler, & B. E. Tinkler (Eds.) Service-Learning to Advance Access & Success: Bridging Institutional and Community Capacity (pp. 241-282). Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing.

Dani, D., Hallman-Thrasher, A., Harrison, L., Diki, K., Felton-Koestler, M., Kopish, M., Dunham, J., & Harvey, L. (2019). Affordances of a cyclical and content-specific model of collaborative mentoring. In T. E. Hodges & A. C. Baum (Eds.) Handbook of Research on Field-Based Teacher Education (pp. 117-141). Hershey, PA: IGI Global. 

Kopish, M. A. (2018) Third space partnerships for teacher education in rural communities. In R. M. Reardon & J. Leonard (Eds.) Innovation and Implementation in Rural Places School University Community Collaboration in Education (pp. 135-159). Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing.

Kopish, M. A., & Gilmore, J. (2018) Critical practices to develop student agency in rural contexts. In L. Willox & C. Brant (Eds.) It’s Being Done in Social Studies: Race, Class, Gender, Sexuality in the Pre/K12 Curriculum (pp. 127-134). Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing.

Harrison, L. M., Gibbs, T., Dani, D., Kopish, M. A., Felton, M., Sprecher, K., & Bates, P. (2018). A collaborative approach to supporting middle childhood social justice teacher education. In P.B. Howell, S. A. Faulkner, J. Jones, & I. Carpenter (Eds.) Preparing Middle Level Educators for 21st Century Schools: Enduring Beliefs, Changing Times, Evolving Practices (pp. 101-128). Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing.

Kopish, M. A. (2017). Global citizenship education and the development of globally competent teacher candidates. Journal of International Social Studies, 7(2), 20-59.

Kopish, M. A. (2016). Preparing globally competent teacher candidates through cross-cultural experiential learning. Journal of Social Studies Education Research, 7(2), 75-108.

Kopish, M. A., & Stapleton, J. (2015/2016). A treatise for writing in social studies: Beliefs, purpose, instruction and design. Ohio Social Studies Review, 52(2), 31-41.

Flanagan, C., Kim, T., Collura, J., & Kopish, M. A. (2015). Community service and adolescents’ social capital. Journal of Research on Adolescence, 25(2), 295-309. 

Kopish, M. A. (2014). Discussion, critical reflection, knowledge construction in experiential education. A response to taking peoples history back to the people: An approach to making history popular, relevant and intellectual. Democracy in Education, 22(1), Article 7.

Kopish, M. A., Wenhart, A. D., & Stapleton, J. (2014). Igniting Justice: The skilled and empowered voice of social studies curriculum. New Hampshire Journal of Education, 17, 42-49.

Christens, B. D., Collura, J. J., Kopish, M. A., & Varvodic, M. (2014). Youth organizing for school and neighborhood improvement. In K. L. Patterson & R. M. Silverman (Eds.), Schools and urban revitalization: Rethinking institutions and community development (pp. 151-166). New York: Routledge.