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NCSS Research Awards

It is the mission of National Council for the Social Studies to engage and support educators in strengthening and advocating social studies, where social studies is defined as the integrated study of the social sciences and humanities to promote civic competence. In support of this mission, NCSS and the Research Committee sponsor three annual research awards designed to recognize substantive scholarly inquiry in social studies education.

For the purpose of these awards, social education includes work in the individual social sciences; women studies and gender studies; multicultural, citizenship, global, economic, and geographic education; decision making; reflective inquiry; moral education; critical theory; teacher education; teacher thinking; and teaching-learning phenomena. In addition, research is broadly defined to include experimental, qualitative, historical, and philosophical work.

Larry Metcalf Exemplary Dissertation Award

The Larry Metcalf Exemplary Dissertation Award recognizes outstanding research completed in pursuit of the doctoral degree. Award recipients receive: commemorative gift; an opportunity to present a session at the NCSS Annual Conference on their research.

Application Deadline: June 16, 2019 

Note: If there are an insufficient number of applicants for the award in a given year, the applications received will be held over for consideration next year.

NCSS Exemplary Research Award

The Exemplary Research Award recognizes scholarship with the potential to significantly impact and/or transform social studies education research and practice.

Application Deadline: June 16, 2019

The committee will consider any research that has been published within the last year. This research can be published in book or journal article format. If the nominated piece is a journal article, it should be published in a nationally or internationally ranked journal that can be found at:

Jean Dresden Grambs Distinguished Career Research Award

The Jean Dresden Grambs Distinguished Career Research Award recognizes professionals who have made extensive contributions to knowledge concerning significant areas of social studies education through meritorious research.

  Application Deadline: June 16, 2019.

Types of Research Eligible

The use of the term research in reference to this award shall be broadly construed to mean any and all forms of recognized formal research -methodologies, paradigms and perspectives. Eligible research is that which has:

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