Individuality as an educational project: Kilpatrick, curriculum theory, teacher education

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William Frederick Pinar


Internationally renowned teacher educator Anne Phelan argues that teacher education must now be concerned primarily with the teachers' subjectivities, specifically with teachers' capacities for freedom of expression, thought, and action. In this essay I juxtapose the “project method” associated with the U.S. Progressive educator William Heard Kilpatrick with Phelan’s call for cultivating teachers’ subjective capacities, providing one method for reconceptualizing teacher education as primarily subjective. In so doing Icontinue the ongoing conversation between teacher education and curriculum theory in which Phelan is now so powerfully participating.

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Part II: Construing the subject in higher education