Gerardo   J.  Aponte Martínez

Assistant Professor  

Office: EEDUC 2.636
Phone: (956) 665-3440
Email: gerardo.apontemartinez@utrgv.edu

Dr. Gerardo J. Aponte Martínez

Dr. Aponte's research focuses on learning to teach involving processes of acculturation and negotiation of cultural logics about teaching. Additionally, he teaches and researches on global perspectives in social studies.





Selected Publications


  • Gerardo Aponte Martinez and Anthony Pellegrino. "Youthscaping Our Classrooms: Nurturing Youth Civic Agency Through Youth-Centered Pedagogies," The Social Studies 108, no. 3 (May 2017): 99–110.

  • Anne-Lise Halvorsen, Lauren Harris, Gerardo Aponte Martinez, and Amanda Frasier. "Does students’ heritage matter in their performance on and perceptions of historical reasoning tasks?," Journal of Curriculum Studies 48, no. 4 (July (3rd Quarter/Summer) 2016): 457–478.

  • Lauren Harris, Anne-Lise Halvorsen, and Gerardo Aponte Martinez. "“[My] family has gone through that”: How high school students determine the trustworthiness of historical documents," The Journal of Social Studies Research 40, no. 2 (April (2nd Quarter/Spring) 2016): 109–121.



Selected Grants and Fellowships


  • Maria Leija. Reflections on Teacher Education Practices of First-Year Tenure Track Professors at an HSI, 2017-2018 HSI SIRG Research Initiative, College of Education and P-16 Integration, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, $1,250.00 (September 2017 - August 2018)



Selected Presentations


  • Gerardo Aponte Martinez, Christopher Busey, Rebecca Christ, Barbara Cruz, Ana Diaz Beltran, Tommy Ender, and Cinthia Salinas. "Atravesando Fronteras de Lenguajes y Epistemologías en los Estudios Sociales," College and University Faculty Assembly of the National Council for the Social Studies Annual Conference, San Francisco, California (November 2017)

  • Molly Hamm and Gerardo Aponte Martinez. "Teacher Preparation Reform in Dominican Republic," Comparative and International Education Society Annual Conference, Atlanta, Georgia (March 2017)

  • Gerardo Aponte Martinez. "Uncovering Cultural Logics about Teaching," Comparative and International Education Society Annual Conference, Atlanta, Georgia (March 2017)

  • Gerardo Aponte Martinez. "Pop Cosmopolitanism: Youth, Popular Culture, and Global Education," College and University Faculty Assembly of the National Council for the Social Studies Annual Conference, New Orleans, Louisiana (November 2015)

  • Lauren Harris, Anne-Lise Halvorsen, and Gerardo Aponte Martinez. "Does Students’ Heritage Matter in Their Performance on and Perceptions of Historical Reasoning Tasks? ," American Educational Research Association Annual Conference, Chicago, Illinois (April 2015)

  • Kyle Greenwalt, Gerardo Aponte Martinez, Elizabeth Kenyon, and Claire Yates. "Narrative understandings of social studies field observation reports.," College and University Faculty Assembly of the National Council for the Social Studies Annual Conference, Boston, Massachusetts (November 2014)

  • Gerardo Aponte Martinez and Elizabeth Kenyon. "School-university partnerships: Reconfiguring the spaces of learning to teach," American Educational Research Association Annual Conference, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (April 2014)

  • Gerardo Aponte Martinez. "Bringing Costa Rica to U.S. classrooms: Cases of global experiences and teachers’ pedagogies," Comparative and International Education Society Annual Conference, (March 2014)

  • Gerardo Aponte Martinez and Soo Jang. "On teacher quality in the United States: Responses to domestic and international reports," Southwest University, Chongqing, People's Republic of China (2013)

  • Gerardo Aponte Martinez. "Perspectives on teacher education in the United States," Beijin Normal University, Beijing, People's Republic of China (May 2013)

Current Courses

EDCI 3335 17R - Soc Stud to Elem Stud:
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EDUC 3303 90L - Teaching in Diverse Class:
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EDCI 3335 33 - Soc Stud to Elem Stud:
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EDUC 3303 10 - Teaching in Diverse Class:
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