School of Education, Teaching and Health
- As a policy historian and the social studies specialist in the teacher education program at American University, Dr. Lawrence’s research interests extend from American Indian education to historical and qualitative research methodologies, to disciplinary learning and thinking within the social studies. She also works with pre-service and in-service teachers in the District of Columbia and surrounding areas.
DegreesPhD, Education Policy, Indiana University
MA, Secondary Social Studies Instruction and Curriculum, University of Colorado at Boulder
BA, American Studies, University of Colorado at Boulder
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Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities
American Indian education history, education policy history, disciplinary learning and thinking in history and the social studies
Grants and Sponsored Research
- Lawrence, A. Paper: Uncovering Epistemic Frames of Mind and Practice in History and the Social Sciences: Research and Teaching in the Academy and Secondary Social Studies Classrooms. College of Arts and Sciences, International Travel Grant, American University, 2008. $3150 from Provost’s Office.
- Lawrence, A. Disciplinary Learning and Teaching in the Social Studies. College of Arts and Sciences Faculty Research Grant, American University, 2007-2008. $3000 from CAS, $5899 from Office of Academic Affairs.
- Professional Teacher License, Secondary Social Studies, Colorado, January 2001
- Provisional Teacher License, Secondary Social Studies, Colorado, January 1998
- Lawrence, A. (forthcoming, Summer 2009). “Educating the ‘Savage’ and the ‘Civilized’: The Santa Clara Pueblo Indians at the 1904 St. Louis Expo.” In R. Winkle Wagner, J.D.H. Ortloff, C. Hunter, A. Lawrence, J. Hunter, and B.D. Korth (Eds.), Bridging the Gap Between Theory and Practice in Educational Research: Methods at the Margins. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.
- Lawrence, A. (forthcoming, Summer 2009). “Uncloaking Epistemologies through Methodology.” In R. Winkle Wagner, J.D.H. Ortloff, C. Hunter, A. Lawrence, J. Hunter, and B.D. Korth (Eds.), Bridging the Gap Between Theory and Practice in Educational Research: Methods at the Margins. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.
- Lawrence, A. (2008). “’How do you know what to ask?’: Disciplinary Epistemologies and Heuristics in the Academy and Secondary Social Studies Classrooms.” International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences. 3(9), 121-128.
- Winstead, T., Lawrence, A., Brantmeier, E., and Frey, C. (2008). “Language, Sovereignty, Cultural Contestation and American Indian Schools: No Child Left Behind and a Navajo Test Case,” Journal of American Indian Education. 47(1), 46-64.
- Lawrence, A. (2008). A review of Roots of Resistance: A History of Land Tenure in New Mexico by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz. Journal of the West. 47(3), 99.
- Lawrence, A. (2008). A review of Hiníno'éínoo3ítoono: Arapaho Historical Traditions, by Andrew Cowell and Alonzo Moss, Sr. Journal of the West. 47(3), 98.
- Lawrence, A. (2008). A review of Learning to Write “Indian”: The Boarding-School Experience and American Indian Literature, by Amelia V. Katanski. History of Education Quarterly. 48(2), 316-318.
- Lawrence, A. (2006). A review of Feast of souls: Indians and Spaniards in the seventeenth century missions of Florida and New Mexico, by Robert C. Galgano. Journal of the West. 45(2), 86-87.
- Lawrence, A. (2006). A review of Hearts West: true stories of mail-order brides on the frontier, by Chris Enss. Journal of the West. 45(1), 91.
Honors, Awards, and Fellowships
- History of Education Society’s Claude A. Eggertsen Dissertation Prize, Honorable Mention, 2007
- Chancellor’s Fellow, Indiana University, 2002-2006
- Sallie Mae First Class Teacher Award, 1999
- Kappa Delta Pi, 1997
- Phi Beta Kappa, 1995
- Program Reviewer for Summer Institute for Teachers, United States Institute of Peace, Washington, DC, April 2008
- Reviewer and Evaluator, National Park Service—Teaching with Historic Places, Washington, DC, 2008.
- Reviewer and Evaluator, United States Institute of Peace, Washington, DC, 2008. Curriculum Developer, United States Institute of Peace, Washington, DC, 2002-2003.
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