Hilary K. Swank

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Assistant Professor of Education

BA, Johns Hopkins University-Baltimore; PhD, Pennsylvania State University
Email: hkswank@plymouth.edu

Contact information

  • (603)-535-2844
  • Rounds 025

About Professor Swank

Dr. Swank came to PSU in 2011 after completing a postdoctoral position at New York University. At PSU she teaches courses in human development and history and philosophy of education. Her research has focused on two main areas: children’s cognitive development and math learning, and the history of U.S. elementary school reading and mathematics textbooks.

Selected publications and presentations

  • Gamson, D., Eckert, S., & Knipe, H. (2012). Rethinking the Decline of the Academic Curriculum: A Cognitive Analysis of Twentieth-Century Elementary School Reading and Mathematics Textbooks. Paper to be presented at the History of Education Society Annual Meeting, Seattle, WA.
  • Gamson, D., Lu, X., Eckert, S., Knipe, H., & Hammershlag, P., (2012). Rereading our past: The cognitive demands of reading and writing comprehension, 1900-2010. Paper presented at the AERA Annual Meeting, Vancouver, B.C. April 16th.
  • Knipe, H. (2011) Executive Function, Basic Math Skills and Math Achievement in Third and Fourth Grades. Paper presented at the International Mind, Brain and Education Society Biennial Meeting, San Diego, CA. June 4th.
  • Baker, D., Knipe, H., Cummings, E., Collins, J., Gamson, D., Blair, C. and Leon, J. (2010). One Hundred Years of American Primary School Mathematics: A Content Analysis and Cognitive Assessment of Textbooks from 1900 to 2000. Journal for Research in Mathematics Education.
  • Blair, C., Knipe, H. & Gamson, D. (2008) Is There a Role for Executive Function in the Study of Developing Ability in Mathematics? Mind, Brain and Education, v. 2(2).

Awards or recognition

  • The Pennsylvania State University. College of Education Alumni Research Initiation Grant. 2007
  • The Pennsylvania State University. University Fellowship. 2004-2005

Courses Taught

  • CD2001 Human Development I: Birth through Early Childhood
  • CD2002 Human Development II: Middle Childhood through Late Adulthood
  • CD3000 Philosophical and Historical Perspectives on the Child in Society

Contact Us

Department of Elementary Education and Childhood Studies

Chair: Marianne True

034 Rounds Hall, Lower Level
8 a.m.–4 p.m., M–F

Phone: 603-535-2285
Email: bgleich@plymouth.edu (Brenda Gleich, Administrative Assistant)
Fax: 603-535-2879

Mailing Address
17 High Street
MSC #38
Plymouth, NH 03264