Researching and Teaching Social Issues

Researching and Teaching Social Issues : The Personal Stories and Pedagogical Efforts of Professors of Education

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In the United States, there is a long and rich tradition of professors of education addressing, in one way or another, the vital link between social issues and the educational process.Researching and Teaching Social Issues is comprised of original personal essays in which noted professors of education of the last half of the twentieth century delineate the genesis and evolution of their thought and work in the field of social issues and education. In relating their personal stories, the authors discuss, among other issues in their work, their perceptions of the field, their major contributions, their current endeavors, and the legacy they think they will possibly leave upon completion of their careers. The collective expertise is eclectic, including working on the development of theorectical issues; conducting research into whether and/or how social issues are taught at the K-12 level; developing and publishing curricula, essays, articles, and books germane to the teaching of social issues; the development and implementation of social issues projects in schools and the community; and the way in which some address the systemic issues of society that impinge upon the education and lives of students and teachers. Totten and Pedersen have assembled a strong collection that will be of great interest to teachers, teacher educators, and scholars of more

Product details

  • Hardback | 288 pages
  • 152.4 x 231.1 x 27.9mm | 544.32g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 0739107275
  • 9780739107270

Review quote

Samuel Totten and Jon Pedersen have done a great service to those committed to issues-centered education, and indeed, the field of education as a whole. By inviting some of the most notable scholars in this area to explore their narratives, we are privy to insights and personal commentaries that speak to much broader themes associated with issues-centered teaching, among them, activism, conflict, and achievements. The diversity of scholars is notable, the breadth and depth about which they examine pedagogy inspiring, and their erudite writing both personal and captivating. This is an important contribution to the literature and a valued addition to personal libraries and course readings. -- William Gaudelli One of the most important books of the decade, the personal stories of education's luminaries represents the thoughts and ideas of a generation nurtured on social activism. Bravo! -- Riley, Karen L. Through these extraordinary accounts, Totten and Pedersen present the stories that detail the successes and failures of these second and third generation issues centered educators. Classroom teachers and methods professors will find much food for thought as they continue to prepare reflective citizens and strengthen democratic values and ideals in a democratic society. -- Mark Previteshow more

About Samuel Totten

Samuel Totten is Professor, Middle Level Education at University of Arkansas, Fayetteville. Jon E. Pedersen is Professor in Science Education, Instructional Leadership and Academic Curriculum and Associate Dean of Graduate Studies and Research at University of more

Table of contents

Chapter 1 Introduction Chapter 2 Education, Politics, and Social Transformation Chapter 3 Human Ecology and Science Education Policies and Programs: Reflections on Social Activism Chapter 4 Forty Days and Forty Nights in the Wilderness of Capitalist Schooling Chapter 5 Becoming Political: One Woman's Story Chapter 6 The Unending Quest for Social Issues in the Schools: A Personal Narrative Chapter 7 Social Justice Chapter 8 My Experience with Social Issues and Education Chapter 9 Social Issues and Decision Making: A Career Long Commitment Chapter 10 The Evolution of an Educator Chapter 11 A Happenstance-Based Social Issues Career Chapter 12 Serendipity: A Paradigm Shifter's Friend in Academia Chapter 13 A Synergy of Awareness, Understanding, Compassion and Action: A Personal and Pedagogical Journey Vis-a-Vis Learning and Teaching About Social Issues Chapter 14 Socials Issues as Contexts for Science and Technology Educationshow more