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Democratic Education and the Teacher-As-Prophet

Exploring the Religious Work of Schools, 1st Edition

By Jeffery W. Dunn


172 pages

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This volume aims to reveal how Dewey’s notion of the religious—understood as faith in the human relational condition—offers a way to think differently about the aims and purposes of education. After exploring the effects of neoliberal conceptions of schooling against broader democratic forms of education, this book suggests that Dewey’s vision of the "teacher-as-prophet" is a useful model for positioning teachers as agents of social change. By catalysing the religious work of schools—understood not as teaching religion, but as a process of social unification—the Deweyan teacher-as-prophet can stimulate experimentation towards a democratic ideal of schooling.

Table of Contents


Chapter 1: The Problem of Neoliberalism in Education

Chapter 2: Religion in Schools as a Solution

Chapter 3: John Dewey and the ‘Religious’ Work of Schools

Chapter 4: The Teacher as Prophet

Chapter 5: The Prophetic Work of the Teacher


Appendix A: Neoliberal Tenets

Appendix B: Dewey’s Terminology

About the Author


Jeffery W. Dunn received a PhD (2017) in Leadership and Policy: Philosophy of Education from the Ohio State University, USA.

About the Series

Routledge Research in Education

This series aims to present the latest research from right across the field of education. It is not confined to any particular area or school of thought and seeks to provide coverage of a broad range of topics, theories and issues from around the world.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
EDUCATION / Philosophy & Social Aspects
EDUCATION / Teacher & Student Mentoring