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I am associate professor in the Technology in Education Program at National Louis University in Chicago. At National Louis, I also teach courses in the history and philosophy of education.
Before starting at National Louis in the Fall of 2004, I was a research associate for technology
and teacher education at the Center
for School Improvement (CSI) at the University of Chicago. My duties
included the development of new technologies for teaching and learning
and the development of a new preservice teacher education program.
I am available to assist schools and school districts engaged
in the process of introducing the Internet into their classrooms.
Please contact me.
Prior to joining CSI, I was Lecturer in the Graham
School of General Studies at the University of Chicago. My responsibilities
I have also been involved with the following activities:
I was previously assistant professor in the College
of Education at Northeastern Illinois
University in Chicago. At Northeastern,
I taught courses in the history and philosophy of education.
My research interests include the integration of the Internet into
curriculum, the work of John
Dewey (especially his theories of moral education; for sample online
article, click here),
the history of character
education alternative approaches to substance abuse prevention; and
the uses of technology in schools.
I have a Ph.D. in Philosophy of Curriculum from the Department of
Education at the University of Chicago
(R.I.P.). I also have an A.M. in curriculum from U. of C., and an A.B.
in history (1983) from Lafayette College
(where I was editor of The
Lafayette--the oldest college newspaper in Pennsylvania--and a
member of Pi Lambda Phi, a now-defunct fraternity housed in a mansion
which is now a Bed and
After graduating from Lafayette, I was a student at (and then a
dropout from) the Harvard Law School (1983-1984). For six months after
that, I was Legal Assistant to Computer Systems of America, Inc.,
a Boston tax-shelter firm. In the fall of 1985, I began a three-year
stint as math and science teacher at the Hyde
School, in Bath, Maine. In the summer of 1987, I was a Klingenstein
Summer Fellow at Teachers College,
Columbia University, a program which convinced him to apply to graduate
schools in education. Since leaving full-time graduate school, I worked
for several years (1992-1995) as Director of Curriculum for the Hyde Foundation,
a non-profit school reform organization based in Bath, which developed
a public character-based school in New
Haven, Connecticut, where I taught chemistry and math for the 1994-95 school year.
My Ph.D. dissertation was entitled "The Moral Consequences of John
Dewey's Metaphysics." Dewey means by "metaphysics" something a bit different
from the tradition of Plato and Aristotle; Dewey understood metaphysics
to be an empirical survey of the generic traits of existences of all kinds.
I argued that Dewey's ruminations about metaphysics were not tangential
to his core themes, as some interpreters have suggested (e.g. Richard
Rorty), but rather central and worth further exploration. Specifically, I suggested that Dewey's understanding of th role of ideals in moral
life was dependent upon Dewey's naturalization of ideals as tools for
the unification of actions. You can read a summary of the dissertation in an article I published in Philosophy of Education Annual. I am currently developing a better understanding
of the role of generalizations in Dewey's theory of intelligence.