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Gary Oakes

Gary Oakes
Professor of Practice

Director of Master of Arts in Teaching Program

Director of Multidisciplinary Core Course Program


Bachelor of Arts, History
University of South Florida

Master of Arts, History
Florida State University

Doctorate of Education, Curriculum and Instruction
Boston University


Secondary History/Social Social Studies

Principal - Secondary Level



MCC 101 and 102 - Equal Education: Myth or Reality?

EDUC 156 - Schools in an Era of Change

GEDUC 402 - Practicum and Seminar

Research Interests

I have been the Director of MCC, Multidisciplinary Core Course, Program for the past five years. The course is a writing course with a strong content focus on the roles Race, Class and Gender play in our lives and in particular our educational systems. These issues have played a ajor role in my research of how culture dominates the life of schools. I am especially interested in how school structure impacts the change process when schools attempt to bring change both in their structure and pedagogy.

I am also interested in the role that Mind Styles play in pedagogy. This is a dominate theme in the course I teach as I have found it to be a powerful force in understanding the learning process and the ways in which people channel information.


  • Harvard University Danforth Moral Development Project
  • New England Regional Conference on Social Studies
  • Guidance Associates Educational Media Corporation
  • Salem New Hampshire Middle School Change Initiative

Professional Associations

  • Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development
  • National Middle School Association
  • American Educational Research Association