Research Interests

My research interests include inquiry and project-based learning, student-centered curriculum and instruction, history and social studies education, and teacher self-study.

I have written and presented on teacher self-study as well as presented on teacher technology integration and world history curriculum and globalization.


Bates, R. (2014). Educators finding voice in a complex global society. American Journal of Education Forum.

Teachers’ Roundtable Participants; Bradbury, J., Elliott, S. & Gardner, J. (Eds.). (2014). Finding the cracks: Progressive, democratic education in an era of standardization. Schools: Studies in Education, 11, 2, 180-209.

Bates, R. (2013). The shape of things to come: Re-conceptualizing world history curriculum for a global era (Doctoral dissertation). Retrieved from ProQuest. (873938101)

Bookshelf with miscellaneous books



Nov 2020


Nov 2020


Nov 2017


Jun 2016

Set score levels for the 2016 AP Research exam

College Board AP Research Standard Setting Panel


Oct 2014

Shifting Educators Beyond a Western Perspective: Negotiating World History Curriculum in an Era of Globalization and Standardization

Midwest Comparative International Education Society Conference, Indiana University, Bloomington

Panel Speaker

Nov 2013

Doctoral Student “Milestone” Panel Discussion

DePaul University EDSA Annual Conference


Jan 2012


Masters Level Research Methods Talk on Document Analysis, DePaul University


Mar 2010


Masters Level Social Studies Student Teaching Talk, DePaul University


Jun 2005 – Jun 2008

Presented and led four, year-long school-wide action research projects on various facets of teaching, learning, and school culture (e.g., student success, standardization of curriculum, and staff collaboration)

Chicago High School Redesign Initiative (CHSRI)

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