The Complex Journey of William Doll, Teacher Educator
Preface: Complexity of Life, Thought, and Pedagogy
Complexity of Life, Thought, and Pedagogy
Shifting one’s attitude from “reducing” complexity to “embracing” what is always already present in relations and interactions may lead to thinking complexly, abiding happily with mystery. (Doll & Trueit, in Doll, 2010/2012, p. 172)
It is life that is characterized, above all, by transformation. Informed by evolution, history, politics, religion, Doll’s very human life is dynamic, emergent, self-organizing, relational. (Pinar, in Doll, 2012, p. 8)
While this book is about an extraordinary teacher and teacher educator’s complex journey, the formation of this book is itself complex. Writing it has taken much longer than I ever imagined, as it has gradually added layers. When I started this project, I thought this book would be published in time to celebrate the eightieth birthday of William E. Doll, Jr.,1 but now he is approaching his eighty-fifth birthday! The difficulties have been multiple and my initial idea was reformulated several times to enable what has emerged.
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