Associate Professor of Education Emeritus

Dr. Rathbone's primary areas of scholarship exist at the intersection of small group process, learning theory, and curriculum development.  A reformed Piagetian, his current interests include how technology and what we know about how the brain learns impact these areas of scholarship.  He is co-author of Muiltiage Portraits: Teaching and Learning In Mixed Age Classrooms  and authored the Encyclopedia Americana  on-line entry "Elementary Education" in 1997. He retired from UVM in May, 2009.


Rathbone, C. (2011). "Applying UDL Principles to Design More Inclusive University Teaching." Newsletter of Design For All Institute of India. Vol. 6, No. 12. p. 103-117.  [abstract]

Elementary Education. In Encyclopedia Americana. Bethel, CT: Grolier Educational Publishers, pp. 680-686.  [abstract]

Rathbone, C. (1996). Gender, Math Literacy, and Classroom Meetings. New England Mathematics Journal, The Association of Teachers of Mathematics in New England, Vol. XXVIII, No. 2.  [abstract]

Rathbone, C., Bingham, A., Dorta, P., McClaskey, M., and O'Keefe, J. Multiage portraits: teaching and learning in mixed-age classrooms. Peterborough, NH: Crystal Springs Publishers.  [abstract]

Erb, C. and Rathbone, C."The city hall park study." The Arithmetic Teacher. April, 1991.  [abstract]

Clarke, J. and Rathbone, C. "Collaboraing in professional development: meeting multiple needs in a school context." Teaching Education Volume 2, Number 2. Winter, 1998.  [abstract]

Rathbone, C. and Shelton, L. "The research background for early childhood education." In Early Education Handbook. Montpelier, VT: Vermont State Department of Education.  [abstract]

Awards and Recognition

The John Dewey Faculty Citizenship Award from College of Education and Social Services Department of Education: Given to recognize contributions made to faculty and students as teacher, colleague, and a member of the larger community within which the University of Vermont resides (2009)

John Dewey Faculty Teaching Award from the College of Education and Social Services: Given to recognize excellence in teaching in a manner that honors both the student and the curriculum (2008)

Associations and Affiliations

American Federation of Teachers (AFT)

Charles Rathbone


  • Ph.D. in Teacher Education from Syracuse University
  • M.S. in Urban Education from Syracuse University