Dr. Adam Friedman is Professor of Social Studies Education at Wake Forest University, where he serves as Director of the Instructional Technology Group out of the Office of the Dean of the College.
Dr. Friedman teaches undergraduate and graduate secondary social studies methods, elementary social studies methods, a graduate research course in social studies, and student teaching supervision. He also designed and developed Sports, Culture, and Geography, a First Year Seminar which he has taught on numerous occasions. Dr. Friedman has also directed a summer study abroad program at the Worrell House in London and directed the LENS program in Nicaragua.
His research agenda focuses on how technology resources, particularly digitized primary sources, can be used to enhance the teaching and learning of social studies, the factors that encourage and barriers that impede their use, and their impact on student achievement. Recent research includes examining the College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Framework for State Standards‘ impact on social studies teachers’ instructional design and implementation. He has published his work in a variety of social studies and technology journals and book chapters, including Theory and Research in Social Education, CITE-Social Studies, and the International Journal of Social Education, and was the co-editor of the book Research on Technology in Social Studies Education.
Director, Instructional Technology Group
Professor of Social Studies Education
Program Coordinator, Social Studies Education
Member, Graduate School Faculty
Ph.D., University of Virginia, 2004
M.Ed., University of Virginia, 1999
B.A., State University of New York (SUNY) College at Geneseo, 1997
Past Professional Experiences
Chair, Department of Education, Wake Forest University
Assistant Professor, Instructional Systems Technology, University of North Carolina at Charlotte
Lead Graduate Instructor, Department of Leadership, Foundations, and Policy, Curry School of Education, University of Virginia
Social Studies Teacher, Nelson County High School, Nelson County Public Schools
Head Varsity Tennis Coach, Nelson County High School, Nelson County Public Schools
FYS 100: Sports, Culture, and Geography
EDU 295: Teaching Elementary Social Studies
EDU 354/654: Content Pedagogy: Social Studies
EDU 354/654L: Content Pedagogy Rounds: Social Studies
EDU 364L/664L: Secondary Student Teaching: Social Studies
EDU 365/665: Professional Development Seminars
EDU 393/693/783: Individual Study
EDU 715: Action Research: Social Studies
EDU 716: Professional Growth Seminar: Social Studies
EDU 725: Action Research II
Thacker, E. S., Friedman, A. M., Fitchett, P., Journell, W., & Lee, J. K. (2018). Exploring how an elementary teacher plans and implements social studies inquiry. The Social Studies, 109(2), 85-100. DOI: 10.1080/00377996.2018.1451983
Thacker, E. S., & Friedman, A. M. (2017). Three social studies teachers’ design and use of inquiry modules. Contemporary Issues in Technology and Teacher Education, 17(3). Retrieved from http://www.citejournal.org/volume-17/issue-3-17/social-studies/three-social-studies-teachers-design-and-use-of-inquiry-modules/
Friedman, A. M. (2014). “Computer as data gatherer” for a new generation: Martorella’s predictions, the past, the present, and the future of technology in social studies. Contemporary Issues in Technology and Teacher Education, 14(2). Retrieved from http://www.citejournal.org/vol14/iss2/socialstudies/article1.cfm
Friedman, A. M., & Garcia, E. R. (2013). “People with real experiences.” Using mobile devices in high school social studies. Social Studies Research and Practice, 8(3), 115-127.
Friedman, A. M. (2006). World history teachers’ use of digital primary sources: The effect of training. Theory and Research in Social Education, 34(1), 124-141.
Journell, W., Friedman, A. M., Thacker, E. S., Lee, J. K., & Fitchett, P. G. (2018, April). The inquiry design model in practice: A content analysis of teacher-created inquiries. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association (AERA), New York, NY.
Friedman, A. M., Thacker, E. S., Fitchett, P. G., Journell, W., & Lee, J. K. (2017, November). How is a C3 inquiry implemented in a high-needs elementary school? Paper presented at the annual meeting of the College and University Faculty Assembly (CUFA), San Francisco, CA.
Thacker, E. S., Friedman, A. M., Fitchett, P., Journell, W., & Lee, J. K. (2016, November). Exploring how an elementary teacher plans and implements inquiry.Paper presented at the annual meeting of the College and University Faculty Assembly (CUFA), Washington, DC.
Hicks, D., Thacker, E. S., & Friedman, A. M. (2016, November). Does soccer really explain the world? A global inquiry. Power session presentation at the annual meeting of the National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS), Washington, DC.
Thacker, E. S., & Friedman, A. M. (2015, November). Social studies teachers’ design and use of inquiry modules. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the College and University Faculty Assembly (CUFA), New Orleans, LA.