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Barbara Stengel

Professor Emerita, Secondary Education, Department of Teaching and Learning

Areas of Interest

Philosophy of education Moral dimensions of teaching and learning

As a philosopher of education. I employ philosophy as a verb (the pursuit of wisdom through disciplined thinking-in-community) as well as a noun (competing systems of belief instantiated in action) in the study and practice of teaching and teacher education. In my position as Professor of the Practice of Education, I teach courses that examine the social, philosophical, history, political and economic aspects of schooling specifically and educational efforts generally. In my role as Director of Secondary Education, I bring a philosophical temper to practical questions about our teacher education programs and policies, raising prior questions, uncovering assumptions (including my own!), clarifying language, and generally deconstructing the stories we tell ourselves about what we are doing and why. All three roles involve cross-cultural dialogue among the various constituencies in schools and universities: students, teachers, school leaders, parents, policy makers, teacher educators, educational researchers, arts and sciences faculty and university administrators.