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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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1. The Bergamo Conference on Curriculum Theory and Classroom Practice, an important conference in the U.S. field of curriculum studies, is associated with the Reconceptualization movement initiated in the late 1970s (Pinar, 2000). Started as the site of engaging alternative intellectual conversations that were excluded by the mainstream curriculum discourses, the Bergamo conference, sponsored by the Journal of Curriculum Theorizing, has creatively shaped the landscape of curriculum studies as we know it today. For details about the history of the Bergamo conference, see Janet Miller’s (2005) and William Pinar’s (1999, 2008) recountings.←152 | 153→

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