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Bolick, Cheryl Mason

Associate Professor

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“Perhaps most exciting will be the evolution, not of technologies, but constructivist instructional theories.”

– Peter H. Martorella


Cheryl Mason Bolick teaches courses in the Culture, Curriculum and Change area, the M.Ed. for Experienced Teachers program and in the Elementary Education program. Bolick’s scholarly interests center on how technology is integrated into the social studies classroom.

Bolick is intrigued by digital library resources in social studies curriculum and in their use in developing historical thinking. Her research is grounded in the integration of technology into social studies teaching and learning. She has studied the use of technology in in-service and pre-service teacher education. Specifically, she has documented teachers’ use of digital history resources to develop historical thinking. This investigation has led her to study student learning with digital historical resources.

She is currently working on a study of elementary preservice teachers understanding of children’s historical thinking and on teachers’ experiences in learning with digital history materials. These studies will begin to fill a void in the literature related to student achievement and digital history resources. She has recently published the results of a longitudinal study, begun in 1998, to examine social studies teacher educators’ beliefs and practices related to technology.

Educational Background

  • Ph.D. 1998 - North Carolina State University, Curriculum and Instruction
  • M.Ed. 1995 - North Carolina State University, Curriculum and Instruction
  • B.A. 1991 - Meredith College, History

Doctoral Program Affiliation(s)

Ph.D. in Education - Cultural Studies and Literacies

Research Interests

  • Technology and Teacher Education
  • Technology Across the Curriculum
  • Social Studies Education

Teaching Areas

  • Education Technology
  • Social Studies Education


  • EDUC 412: Introduction to Schools and Children
  • EDUC 804: Seminar in Culture, Curriculum and Change
  • EDUC 415: Culture, Society and Teaching
  • EDUC 602: Technology Across the Curriculum
  • EDUC 603: Theory and Research in Education Technology
  • EDUC 788: Instructional Theories
  • EDUC 792: Emerging Technologies
  • EDUX 657: Social Studies and Humanities for Teaching and Learning
  • EDUX 759: Contemporary Research for Social Studies Teaching

Honors & Awards

  • 1992, Sallie Mae National First Year Teacher Award
  • 1992, Nash - Rocky Mount School System Teacher of the Year

Funded Research

  • 2011-2014, Co-Principal Investigator: Realizing the potential of digital libraries through the development of a self-regulated learning intervention aimed to foster conceptual understanding in science and history. National Science Foundation National STEM Educational Distributed Learning Program. Co-PI is Jeff Greene. ($434,779)

Selected Professional Affiliations

  • American Education Research Association
  • National Council for the Social Studies
  • College and University Faculty Assembly of the National Council for the Social Studies
  • International Society for Technology in Education
  • Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education
  • North Carolina Council for the Social Studies
  • North Carolina Council of Professors of Social Studies Education

Selected Publications

Books and Chapters

Ryan, K. Cooper, J. Bolick, C.M. (2015). Those who can, teach. Cengage Publishers (14e). Belmont, CA: Cengage Learning.

Greene, J. A., Bolick, C. M., Jackson, W. P., Caprino, A. M., Oswald, C., & McVea, M. (in press). Domain-specificity of self-regulated learning processing in science and history digital libraries. Contemporary Educational Psychology.

Hicks, D., Lee, J., Berson, M., Bolick, C., & Diem, R. (2014). Guidelines for using technology to prepare social studies teachers. Contemporary Issues in Technology and Teacher Education, 14(4).

Greene, J. A., Bolick, C. M., Caprino, A. M., Deekens, V. M., McVea, M., Yu, S. B., & Jackson, W. P. (in press). Fostering high-school students’success learning online across domains.

Bolick, C.M., Torezz, C., & Manfra, M (2014). History through a child’s eye: Preservice teachers making sense of children’s understanding. Social Studies Research and Practice (9) 3.

Beal, C. & Bolick, C. M. (2012). Teaching social studies in middle and secondary schools (6th ed.). Columbus, OH: Merrill Prentice Hall.

Bolick, C.M., Lathan, J., Adcock, L., Bartels, J. (2014). To be or not to be: A critical cxamination of seven digital history textbooks for social studies educators. In W. Russell (Ed.) Digital Social Studies (pp.411- 438) Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing, Inc.

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