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Donna H Kerr
Seattle Campus

Contemporary Philosophies of Education

Intensive study of the writings of selected contemporary philosophers of education.

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EDLPS 522 Contemporary Philosophies of Education (3), Spring 2009, D. H. Kerr Intensive study of the writings of selected contemporary philosophers of education.

Reimagining Humans and Pedagogies

We will explore what it means to become human and educated. With an eye to questions of difference, democracy, and identity, we will consider proposals for imaginative engagements that constitute genuine education. The course paper provides an opportunity to explore some educational practice, narrative or other text, or vignette of your choice through the lenses of the course authors.

HOW: In considering the texts, we will practice “generous listening.” That is, the course design requires that we employ the discipline of first reaching to hear what our course authors have to say and then viewing our own individual interests through their “lenses.”

WHO: Both matriculated and non-matriculated UW graduate students are welcome.

I welcome any questions you may have. Donna Kerr,


April 1 Introductions: course and one another

April 8 Mikhail Bakhtin, The Dialogic Imagination (Texas, 1981), pp. 3-40; Problems of Dostoevsky’s Poetics (Minnesota, 1984), 47-77. April 15 Maxine Greene, Releasing the Imagination: Essays on Education, the Arts, and Social Change (Jossey-Bass, 1995), Part One.

April 22 Maxine Greene, Releasing the Imagination, Parts Two and Three.

April 29 Amy Gutmann, Identity in Democracy (Princeton, 2003).

May 6 Vivian Gussin Paley, The Girl with the Brown Crayon (Harvard, 1997).

May 13 Kieran Egan, The Future of Education: Reimagining Our Schools from the Ground Up (Yale, 2008).

May 20 Conference of course authors

May 27 Generous peer critiques of paper drafts

June 3 Course papers due. Course debriefing and evaluation

Rev. 3-14-09

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The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Donna H Kerr
Date: 03/30/2009