Establishing the Educational Relevance of Spiritual Development Through Critical Historiography
In the spring of 2013, I was browsing the Peter Lang booth at AERA in San Francisco when I saw on the counter a business card for Shirley Steinberg. Her name had been on my mind, as I had recently completed a major research project that, in design and spirit, was an homage to her late partner, Joe Kincheloe. During my research design process, I had looked up Kincheloe, a scholar whose work I was increasingly falling in love with the more I read. I discovered he had died a few years before, and read an obituary that described what a vibrant and joyful presence he had been in his various communities of practice. He was sorely missed by many after his unexpected passing. I intended to write Shirley, as Joe’s proxy, a note of acknowledgment of and gratitude for his life and work. I delayed contact, however, out of a combination of shyness and the pressing nature of the daily demands borne of parenting, teaching, writing, and self-care.
Standing at the Peter Lang booth on that April afternoon, I asked the young man behind the counter if Shirley Steinberg was present. He pointed to a table a few feet away, and for a moment, I was stunned to realize I had the opportunity to thank her in person. When I tentatively approached her, I inquired, “Excuse me, but are you the Shirley Steinberg who was married to Joe Kincheloe?” She straightened right up, growing a...
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