Associate Professor of Education (Social Studies Education)
Curriculum and Instruction
Secondary Education: Social Studies/Citizenship Education
Curriculum and Instruction: Social Studies Education
Scott Metzger is an Associate Professor of Social Studies Education who works with students preparing for social-studies teacher certification in grades 7-12. He also works with graduate students interested in social studies, historical and sociological perspectives, and media in education. He was a high-school social studies teacher in the mid-Michigan area for six years before pursuing his Ph.D. from Michigan State University. A scholar of history teaching, learning, and curriculum, Dr. Metzger's research focuses on how youth, teachers, and the public think about and use the past, particularly involving historically oriented media such as film, television, and video games.
Areas of Expertise
History/Social Studies Ed
History of Ed
SS ED 411: Teaching Secondary Social Studies I
SS ED 412W: Teaching Secondary Social Studies II
SS ED 533: Research on Social Studies Education
SS ED 535: Teaching and Learning Historical Literacy with Media
Michigan State University: Ph.D. in Curriculum, Teaching, and Educational Policy (2006); M.A. in Curriculum and Teaching (1999); B.A. in History, minor in Theater (1994)
Lead editor of the forthcoming International Handbook of History Teaching and Learning (Wiley-Blackwell).
Metzger, S. A., & Paxton, R. J. (In Press). Gaming history: A framework for what video games teach about the past. Theory and Research in Social Education.
Metzger, S. A. (2012). The borders of historical empathy: Students encounter the Holocaust through film. Journal of Social Studies Research, 36(4), 387-410
Mason, L., & Metzger, S. A. (2012). Reconceptualizing media literacy in the social studies: A pragmatist critique of the NCSS position statement on media literacy. Theory and Research in Social Education, 40(4), 436-455.
Anderson, C. B., & Metzger, S. A. (2011). Slavery, the Civil War era, and African American representation in U.S. history: An analysis of four states’ academic standards. Theory and Research in Social Education, 39(3), 298-320.
Marcus, A. S., Metzger, S. A., Paxton, R. J., & Stoddard, J. D. (2010). Teaching History with Film: Strategies for Secondary Social Studies. Routledge.
Metzger, S. A., & Suh, Y. (2008). Significant or safe? Two cases of instructional uses of history feature films. Theory and Research in Social Education, 36(1), 88-109.
Activities and Honors
American Educational Research Association (AERA) Teaching History Special Interest Group (SIG): Program Chair (2012-13), Chair (2013-14), and Treasurer (2014-15)