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John Lee

Associate Dean for Faculty and Academic Affairs

208G Poe Hall

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Dr. John Lee is Associate Dean for Faculty and Academic Affairs and a Professor in the Department of Teacher Education and Learning Sciences in the College of Education at North Carolina State University. He was an author of the College, Career and Civic Life Framework for Standards in Social Studies ( and is a founder and co-director of the C3 Teachers project (  He has authored or co-authored several books books including, Inquiry-based Practice in Social Studies Education: Understanding the Inquiry Design Model; Teaching Social Studies: A Methods Book for Methods Teachers; Teaching the C3 Framework; Visualizing Elementary Social Studies Methods; and Research on Technology in Social Studies; and Guiding Learning with Technology.


Doctor of Philosophy Social Studies Education University of Virginia

Master of Education Social Studies Education Georgia State University

Bachelor of Arts Social Studies Education University of Georgia

Area(s) of Expertise

Dr. Lee focuses on issues related to teacher knowledge and practices related to using inquiry in the classroom. His scholarly work, with colleagues, has resulted in an innovative approach to learning and teaching called the Inquiry Design Model ( He is also interested in the uses of digital historical resources in learning and teaching as well as efforts to theorize and develop tools related to new literacies. His current research focuses on inquiry design and classroom implementation as well as best design practices for online collections of historical resources targeted for K-12 classrooms.