Areas of Expertise
K-12 social studies education; teacher personal theorizing and reflective practices; curriculum development and instructional strategies; and middle grades issues and practices.
Ed.D. University of Central Florida, 1999
Major: Curriculum and Instruction, Emphasis: Social Studies Education
M.A. University of Central Florida, 1990
Major: Social Science Education
B.A. University of Central Florida, 1987
I began my tenure at UNF in 2003 as the coordinator for the Social Studies Education program. Since that time, I’ve instructed both elementary and secondary undergraduate and graduate social studies methodology courses, supervised interns during student teaching, facilitated graduate research projects, and served on various doctoral dissertation committees.
My research generally involves or targets teachers pursuing pragmatic efforts within classroom settings – at both the preservice and inservice levels. Articles I have authored or co-authored illustrate collaborative curriculum inquiry processes and the role of systematic reflection and action research within schools.
Prior to my arrival at UNF, I spent three years as an assistant professor at UNC-Greensboro and, before that, was a middle school social studies teacher in Seminole County, FL.
UNF Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award, 2012-2013
Publications & Presentations
Zoellner, B. P., & Chant, R. H. (2016). A multiply configured partnership: The case of a university department and high school collaboration. In J. J. Slater, R. Ravid, and R. M. Reardon (Eds.), Building and Maintaining Collaborative Communities: Schools, University, and Community Organizations (133-148). Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing.
Zoellner, B. P., & Chant, R. H. (2016). Perspectives and Possibilities: The Building of a School-based/University Partnership. FATE Journal.
Zoellner, B. P. & Chant, R. H. (2016). Supporting Dewey’s dispositions: Redesigning a student-teaching professional development plan to increase open-mindedness. Paper presented at the Southeast Philosophy of Education Society. Asheville, NC.
Zoellner, B. P., & Chant, R. H. (July 2014). Making the professional personal: The role of examining pre-service teacher beliefs in their professional development plans. Paper presented at the International Centre for Innovation in Education Conference. Paris, France.
Chant, R. H., & Drews, K. (2014). It’s kind of radical: Moving beyond the regular curriculum to enhance learning. The Florida Council for Social Studies Annual Conference, Orlando, FL.
White, J. W., & Chant, R. H. (2014). Challenging idealism: Pre-service teachers’ core beliefs before, during, and after an extended field-based experience. Teacher Education Quarterly.
Zoellner, B. P., Chant, R. H., & Wood, K. (2014). But aren’t diesel engines just for big, smelly trucks? An interdisciplinary project for high school chemistry students. Journal of Chemical Education, (91)4, 497-504.
Chant, R. H., Lastrapes, W., & Zoellner, B. P. (2013). Perspectives and possibilities: Collective voices in the building of a school-based/university partnership. Paper presented at the Eastern Educational Research Association Annual Conference, Sarasota, FL.