Donald R. McClure, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
PhD, Curriculum, Instruction, & Teacher Education, Michigan State UniversityMEd, Education, University of Notre DameBMus, Central Michigan University

Donald R. McClure is the Interim Chairperson of the Department of Curriculum and Instruction in The School of Education at St. John's University. He also serves as an Associate Professor of Social Studies Education. He holds a Ph.D. in Curriculum, Instruction, and Teacher Education from Michigan State University, a M.Ed. from the University of Notre Dame, and a B.Mus. from Central Michigan University. McClure is a committed educator who served eight years as a K-12 classroom teacher in the United States and Ireland. He has taught undergraduate, master’s, and doctoral-level courses in social studies methods, international and comparative education, and research methods.

At Michigan State University, McClure served as a research assistant on two projects. The first, Learning Science as Inquiry with the Urban Advantage: Formal-Informal Collaborations to Increase Science Literacy and Student Learning (PIs Suzanne Wilson and James Short), was a mixed-methods study funded by the National Science Foundation. It investigated the impact of an in-service science teacher professional development program at The American Museum of Natural History in New York City on science teachers’ classroom practice. The second, Science, Oral Language, and Literacy Development (SOLID) from the Start of School (PIs Tanya Wright and Gina Cervetti) was funded by the Spencer Foundation. For this project, McClure helped conduct a systematic literature review on the vocabulary instruction and text comprehension of young students.

McClure’s current research spans the areas of social studies education and international and comparative education. It is guided by two central questions: (1) How do students understand what it means to be a citizen, both inside and outside of school? and (2) How can teacher education be reformed to support students’ civic development? He has published in The Social Studies,Journal of Research in Childhood Education, Sport in Society, Social Education, and Social Studies and the Young Learner. He also has contributed to media outlets such as Education Week and The Academic Minute. He is active in several committees and professional groups on campus and holds membership in the American Educational Research Association, the National Council for the Social Studies, the College and University Faculty Assembly, and the Comparative and International Education Society.

Teaching Interests

elementary social studies methods; secondary social studies methods; comparative and international education; research methods

Research Interests

social studies education; citizenship education; diversity, immigration, and education; comparative and international education; sports and civic development; teacher education

Courses Taught

EDU
799
INTRODUCTION TO EDUCATION
EDU
1010
PLAN TEACH ASSESS ELEM SS
EDU
1016
THE ARTS IN INCLUSIVE SETTINGS
EDU
1022R
R.I.S.E RESIDENT/ADOL EDU
EDU
1030
INDEPENDENT STUDY
EDU
1091
INNOV STRAT SEC SET:SOC STUD
EDU
7135
CUR TRENDS/RES/ASSMT TEACH SS
EDU
7291
INNOV START SEC SET: SOC STUD
EDU
7891
INDEPENDENT STUDY - CURR & INS
EDU
8005
VISIONS OF RESEARCH III
EDU
8008
GLOBAL EDUCATION

Select Publications

Journal Articles

McClure, D. R. (2021). Second-Generation Nigerian Children's Descriptions of Racism and Perceptions of Irish Identity. London: Journal of Research in Childhood Education/Taylor & Francis. vol. 35, pp. 143-161.

Cerezci, B., and McClure II, D. R. (2020). Symbolic Boundaries and the Clincial Preparation of Teacher Candidates. Queens, NY: Journal of Vincentian Social Action. vol. 5, pp. 37-47.

McClure, D. R. (2020). "Too Strong for a Woman": Title IX and Gender Equity in U.S. Schools. Silver Spring, Maryland: Social Education/National Council for the Social Studies. vol. 84, pp. 209-213.

McClure, D. R., and Marino, M. P. (2020). Historical Thinking and Sports History: A Case Study Using the Brooklyn Dodgers. London: The Social Studies/Taylor & Francis. vol. 111, pp. 109-122.

McClure, D. R., and Robinson, K. I. (2019). "Even If She Fell Down, She Kept Getting Up!" Teaching Women's History through the Olympics. Silver Spring, Maryland: Social Studies and the Young Learner/National Council for the Social Studies. vol. 31, pp. 19-22.

Books Chapters

McClure, D. R. (2018). How Geographic Settings Contribute to Child Poverty with Implications for Child Citizenship Development. In: Inequalities in the Early Years. New York, New York: Routledge. pp. 130-144.

Others

McClure, D. R. (2018). Skilled Practice in Teacher Education. The Academic Minute/A WAMC National Production.