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Greene, Maxine

  • By: Janet L. Miller
  • In: Encyclopedia of Curriculum Studies
  • Edited by: Craig Kridel
  • Subject:Cultural Studies (general), Curriculum & Content (general), Curriculum Studies

Positioning herself as an existential-phenomeno-logical educational philosopher throughout her illustrious academic career, Maxine Greene writes, speaks, and teaches about conceptions of freedom, moral choices, and the creation of public spaces that enact possibilities for constructions of just and humane educational communities. Within any contextualization of such communities, Greene argues that engagements with the arts are imperative in the quest for wide-awakeness and that social imagination allows a breaking with the taken-for-granted, a setting aside of familiar definitions and distinctions, a becoming conscious of and responding to diversities of perspectives and identities.

Greene does not situate herself within the field of curriculum studies, per se. However, her vivid and compelling rationale and exemplifications in her own intellectual work of the reasons for doing philosophy influenced and framed ...

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