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From the Parade Child to the King of Chaos

The Complex Journey of William Doll, Teacher Educator


Hongyu Wang

From the Parade Child to the King of Chaos depicts the pedagogical life history of an extraordinary teacher educator and internationally renowned curriculum scholar, William E. Doll, Jr. It explores how his life experiences have contributed to the formation and transformation of a celebrated teacher educator. From the child who spontaneously led a parade to the king of chaos who embraces complexity in education, complicated tales of Doll’s journey through his childhood, youth, and decades of teaching in schools and in teacher education are situated in the historical, intellectual, and cultural context of American education. Seven themes are interwoven in Doll’s life, thought, and teaching: pedagogy of play, pedagogy of perturbation, pedagogy of presence, pedagogy of patterns, pedagogy of passion, pedagogy of peace, and pedagogy of participation. Based upon rich data collected over six years, this book demonstrates methodological creativity in integrating multiple sources and lenses. Profoundly moving, humorous, and inspirational, it is a much-needed text for undergraduate and graduate courses in teacher education, curriculum studies, theory and practice of teaching and learning, life history studies, chaos and complexity theory, and postmodernism.
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Chapter 5. Pedagogy of Passion



Pedagogy of Passion

I see our task as curricularists and instructionists to look at the complexity science with an eye to seeing the spirit inherent within these sciences, a dynamic spirit featuring the interplay of passion and play. (Doll, 2003/2012, p. 110; italics in the original)

William Doll is passionate about teaching and teaches passionately. It is obvious to anybody who experiences his enthusiasm for students’ learning and growth. When I was his graduate assistant at LSU, he always came out of class with a hyperbolic gesture: “What a great class!” I also remember how joyful he was around the children when he took student teachers to schools and played with mathematical patterns using the number line. After he retired from LSU, he moved to Victoria, Canada, in 2007, and now teaches at the University of Victoria and the University of British Columbia as an adjunct professor. Teaching has been such an intimate part of his life that it seems to be impossible for him to be fully separated from it. In this chapter, I discuss his pedagogy of passion that links his joyful spirit as a person, his devotion to students as a teacher educator, his enthusiastic play with intellectual ideas as a scholar, and his eagerness to learn from others in a distant country.←89 | 90→

Joyful Commitment to Students

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