The Complex Journey of William Doll, Teacher Educator
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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