University of Northern Colorado
School of Teacher Education
Campus Box 107
Greeley, CO 80639
- B.A. Elementary Education, University of Wyoming
- M.A. Sociology, University of Wyoming
- Ph.D. Curriculum and Instruction, University of Wyoming
Have been teaching at UNC since 1995
Research/Areas of Interest
My research focuses on identifying the cognitive and affective responses used by children
to construct meaningful interpretations of historical time and change. For example,
how do children learn to reason about life in the past in terms of a chronological
order? How do they identify causes and consequences of events? How do young learners
evaluate the historical significance or importance of people, places, and things?
- Fertig, Gary (2008). Using Biography to Help Young Learners Understand the Causes
of Historical Change and Continuity. The Social Studies, 99(4), 147-154.
- Fertig, Gary, Jennifer Rios-Alers & Kelly Seilbach (2005). What’s Important about
the Past: American Fourth Graders’ Interpretations of Historical Significance. Educational Action Research, 13(3), 435-451.
- Fertig, Gary (2005). Teaching Elementary Students How to Interpret the Past. The Social Studies, 96(1), 2-8.
- Fertig, Gary (2003). Using Biographies to Explore Social Justice in U.S. History.
Social Studies and the Young Learner, 16(1), 9-12.