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Joan Barnatt

Assistant Professor of Education
Mooney 205C
2105 Campus Box
Elon, NC 27244
jbarnatt@elon.edu (336) 278-5971



                                       Ph.D.  Curriculum & Instruction

                                                Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA

                                                Dissertation:  Finding the questions:  A mixed-methods study of  preservice

practitioner inquiry in teacher education

                                                Chair:  Marilyn Cochran-Smith, Ph.D.


                                       Masters of Elementary Education

                                                Bridgewater University, Bridgewater, MA


                                       Bachelor of Arts, English Literature & Psychology

                                                Murray State University, Murray, KY


Employment History

Elon University, Assistant Professor of Education (2009 to present)

Boston College, Instructor/Research Assistant  (2004 - 2009)

Cape Cod Lighthouse Charter School, (1995 - 2009)


Courses Taught

Elon University

EDU 295 - Research Methods in Education

EDU 301, 303 - Explorations Seminar

EDU 311 - Principles of Learning and Teaching I:  Language Arts and Social Studies Methods and Materials

EDU 411 - Principles of Learning and Teaching I:  Language Arts and Social Studies Methods and Materials

EDU 441 - Foundations of Middle Level Education

EDU 442 - Effective Middle Level Teaching

EDU 481 - Student Teaching

EDU 483 - Student Teaching Seminar

EDU 499 - Undergraduate Research

MED 552 - Advanced Literacy

MED 532 - Consultation & Collaboration

MED 550 - Educating Diverse Learners

Boston College

Children’s Literature

Curriculum Theories & Practice

Graduate Inquiry Seminar

Yale University Programs in International Education Resources (PIER)

 Frontier China in the 21st Century:  Mongolia, Xinjiang and Tibet  (Senior Fellow)






Leadership Positions

Middle Grades Coordinator


Current Projects

Global 2.0 connects students in K-8 classrooms around the world, using technology and literacy skills while developing global awareness.  Classrooms in ABSS have been connected to classrooms in Ireland and South Africa addressing identity, culture and stereotypes through shared curriculum, skype sessions, and artifact exchanges.


Service Activities

Faculty Research & Development Committee 

Disabilities Advisory Committee