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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. I am referencing an expression Doll himself often utters in response to some new connection, insight, or idea emerging in conversation.

2. While I did not originally cite sources for this live, orally presented tribute, I have added them here for the reader’s reference. For this purpose, I have used the collection of Doll’s essays (Trueit, 2012), published well after the date of this occasion, and directed the reader, in some cases, also to essays originally written after the time period in which I studied with him as well as after this toast was crafted. Of course, the influence of Doll as my teacher and mentor, and my study of his work, continued after my doctoral studies and has endured up to the present day.

3. This quote is most often attributed to Emerson, though others like Henry David Thoreau and Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. have also been identified as its author as well. Quote investigator (­lies-within/) locates its first use in an anonymously published book entitled Meditations in Wall Street (1940), New York: William Morrow. I credit Emerson here, with my source for the citation: J. Cameron, with M. Bryan (1992), The Artist’s Way (p. 6). New York: Putnam.←175 | 176→

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