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Adam Attwood

Adam Attwood

Assistant Professor

College of Education


  • Ph.D., Education: specialization in Cultural Studies and Social Thought, Washington State University

  • M.Ed., Secondary Teaching, Eastern Washington University

  • M.A., History, Eastern Washington University

  • B.A., History major, Anthropology minor, Eastern Washington University

Dr. Attwood teaches courses in educational psychology, classroom management, assessment and evaluation, and humanities/social studies methods. Dr. Attwood has experience as a teacher, teacher leader (social studies department chair, grades 6-12), and teacher educator. He has previously taught in Missouri and Washington. Previously at the college level in Washington, he taught history courses and a course for preservice teachers on integrating the fine arts into K-8 curriculum. K-12 teaching interests include social studies, humanities (integrated language arts and social studies), and arts integration. Dr. Attwood also has experience as a K-12 scholastic chess coach and high school Model United Nations sponsor/coach.

As an educational researcher, Dr. Attwood specializes in survey and case study methodologies using qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods techniques.

Dr. Attwood’s K-12 licensure to teach has included: Washington (5-12 Social Studies, 5-12 English Language Arts, K-12 Visual Arts); Missouri (9-12 & 5-9 Social Science, 9-12 English, 5-9 Language Arts, K-12 Art, B-3 Early Childhood Education); and Tennessee (6-12 History).

In addition to earning degrees from Washington State University and Eastern Washington University, he completed 70 credits of coursework at Gonzaga University. Internships included work in the decorative arts at a museum, at a public library special collection, and related work at a state digital archive.

  • Social Cognitive Theory

  • Social Learning Theory

  • Philosophy of Education

  • Teacher Education

  • Humanities Curriculum K-12

  • Interdisciplinary Education

  • Teaching and Learning with Museums

  • Cultural Studies of Technology

  • School Culture

  • Classroom Management


Book Chapters

  • Attwood, A. I. (2024). Time as a finite resource in education: Theorizing temporality in school culture. In D. R. Cole, M. Mirzaei Rafe, & G. Y. A. Yang-Heim (Eds.), Educational research and the question(s) of time (pp. 209-229). Springer. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-97-3418-4_12  

  • Attwood, A. I. (2023). Linking five-paragraph essays, seminars, and differentiated projects in secondary school humanities curriculum. In J. VanSlander (Ed.), Instructional leadership efforts and evidence-based practices to improve writing instruction (pp. 257-289). IGI Global.

  • Attwood, A. I. (2021). Experiencing art and social science: A multimodal poetic perception of social ecological cohesion. In P. L. Maarhuis & A. G. Rud (Eds.), Imagining Dewey: Artful works and dialogue about Art as experience (pp. 187-203). Brill. https://doi.org/10.1163/9789004438064_012

  • Attwood, A. I. (2021). A history of the United States Women’s Bureau 1917-1930: Economic opportunity and immigration. In S. Dixit & S. Moid (Eds.), Women empowerment and well-being for inclusive economic growth (pp. 139-157). IGI Global. https://doi.org/10.4018/978-1-7998-3737-4.ch010   

  • Attwood, A. I. (2021). Reflecting on intellectual risk-taking and empathy using Sebald’s The Emigrants for teaching during social distancing. In K. J. Fasching-Varner, S. T. Bickmore, D. G. Hays, P. G. Schrader, D. L. Carlson, & D. Anagnostopoulos (Eds.), The corona chronicles: Necessary narratives in uncertain times (pp. 171-174). DIO Press.

  • Rud, A. G., & Attwood, A. (2016). Dewey Lab School at the University of Chicago. In M. A. Peters (Ed.), Encyclopedia of educational philosophy and theory (pp. 480-484). Springer. https://link.springer.com/referenceworkentry/10.1007%2F978-981-287-532-7_46-1  

  • Attwood, A. I., & Rud, A. G. (2016). Fostering educational equity through aesthetics: A dialogue in the styles of creativity. In J. Diem (Ed.), The social and cultural foundations of education: A reader (1st ed., pp. 58-73). Cognella. https://www.worldcat.org/title/social-and-cultural-foundations-of-education-a-reader/oclc/957235247

  • Attwood, A. I. (2014). Implementing virtual museums in the social studies classroom: An apprenticeship model. In F. Parkay, E. Anctil, & G. Hass (Eds.), Curriculum leadership: Readings for developing quality educational programs (10th ed., pp. 390-394). Pearson. https://www.worldcat.org/title/curriculum-leadership-readings-for-developing-quality-educational-programs/oclc/899643646

Journal Articles

  • Attwood, A. I., Bruster, B. G., McConnell, J. R., III, Barnett, L. D., & Maldonado, C. M. (2024). K-12 school administrator candidates’ perceptions of their roles in supporting teachers to address adverse childhood experiences. School Leadership Review, 18(2), 1–23. https://scholarworks.sfasu.edu/slr/vol18/iss2/6/

  • Attwood, A. I. (2024). A perspective on psychological factors affecting the emotional labor of teachers. Frontiers in Education, 9(1291698), 1–14. https://doi.org/10.3389/feduc.2024.1291698  

  • Attwood, A. I. (2023). A content analysis of secondary school department leader position descriptions: Implications for teacher leadership. International Journal of Curriculum Development and Learning Measurement, 4(1), 1–17. https://doi.org/10.4018/IJCDLM.320521 

  • Attwood, A. I. (2022). A conceptual analysis of the semantic use of multiple intelligences theory and implications for teacher education. Frontiers in Psychology, 13(920851), 1–7. https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2022.920851 

  • Attwood, A. I., Barnes, Z. T., Jennings-McGarity, P. F., & McConnell, J. R., III. (2022). Preservice teacher perceptions of adverse childhood experiences: An exploratory study for an educator preparation program. Preventing School Failure: Alternative Education for Children and Youth, 66(2), 160–166. https://doi.org/10.1080/1045988X.2021.2002248

  • Attwood, A.I. (2022). A case study of museum context in American popular culture in the late twentieth century to the early twenty-first century. The International Journal of the Inclusive Museum, 15 (2), 79–95. https://doi.org/10.18848/1835-2014/CGP/v15i02/79-95 

  • Attwood, A. I. (2021). A perspective on the educational psychological value of Jurassic Park and similar films for bioethics discussions. Frontiers in Education, 6(618725 section Educational Psychology), 1-6. https://doi.org/10.3389/feduc.2021.618725

  • Attwood, A. I. (2021). Implications of preservice teachers’ perceptions of the visual arts for educator preparation: Measuring grammatical person usage in a survey. International Journal of Curriculum Development and Learning Measurement, 2(2), 10-28. https://doi.org/10.4018/IJCDLM.2021070102  

  • McConnell, J. R., III, Teske, A. H., Attwood, A. I., & Barron, L. L. (2021). Preservice teachers’ performance and confidence in their readiness to teach: An exploratory study. SRATE Journal, 30(1), 1-11. https://eric.ed.gov/?id=EJ1305844 

  • Attwood, A. I. (2021). An anecdotal case study in psychological anthropology of two retired middle school teachers’ perceptions of classroom life in the United States. Frontiers in Education, 6(655457). https://doi.org/10.3389/feduc.2021.655457 

  • Attwood, A. I. (2021). Re-evaluating the idea of Gestalt psychology for assessment theory in teacher education. Psychreg Journal of Psychology, 5(1), 85-90. http://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.4895446 

  • Attwood, A. I. (2021). A study of anecdotal student response to virtual art museums in online history courses. The Northwest eLearning Journal, 1(1), 1-15. https://doi.org/10.5399/osu/nwelearn.1.1.5599

  • Attwood, A. I., & Gerber, J. L. (2020). Comic books and graphic novels for the differentiated humanities classroom. Kappa Delta Pi Record, 56(4), 176-182. https://doi.org/10.1080/00228958.2020.1813520

    Attwood, A. I., Bruster, B. G., & Bruster, B. G. (2020). An exploratory study of preservice teacher perception of virtual reality and artificial intelligence for classroom management instruction. SRATE Journal, 29(2), 1-9. https://eric.ed.gov/?id=EJ1268557

  • Attwood, A. I. (2020). Changing social learning theory through reliance on the internet of things and artificial intelligence. Journal of Social Change, 12, 103-111. https://doi.org/10.5590/JOSC.2020.12.1.08

  • Attwood, A. I. (2020). Contextualizing aesthetics as social engagement for teacher education. Journal of Social Change, 12, 19-31. https://doi.org/10.5590/JOSC.2020.12.1.03

Conference Proceedings Article

  • Attwood, A. I., & Samadi-Dana, S. (2023). Teachers' perceptions of videoconferencing and smartphones in a retrospective analysis 2009-2020: An educational Social Internet of Things framework. 2023 11th International Conference on Information and Education Technology (ICIET), 332–338. https://doi.org/10.1109/ICIET56899.2023.10111208