1st Edition

Radical Educators Rearticulating Education and Social Change
Teacher Agency and Resistance, Early 20th Century to the Present

ISBN 9780367586201
Published June 30, 2020 by Routledge
172 Pages

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Book Description

This book is a collection of six case studies of teacher agency in action, centering on voices of educators who engaged in activist work throughout the history of education in the US. Through a lens of teacher agency and resistance, chapter authors explore the stories of individual educators to determine how particular historical and cultural contexts contributed to these educators’ activist efforts. By analyzing specific modes and methods of resistance found within diverse communities throughout the last century of US education, this book helps to identify and place into theoretical and historical context an underemphasized narrative of professional teacher-activists within American education.

Table of Contents


Ken Zeichner


Tina Y. Gourd and Jennifer de Saxe

Part I: Teacher Agency and Resistance, Theorized

Chapter 1: Teachers, Power, and Agency

Tina Y. Gourd

Chapter 2: Resistance as a Methodology: A Counterhegemonic Movement for Praxis in Education

Jennifer de Saxe

Part II: Historical and Contemporary Case Studies of Teacher Agency and Resistance In Action

Chapter 3: "There’s A Lot To Know, And We’ll Learn It Together": Emancipatory Teaching and Learning at Harlem Preparatory School, 1967-1974

Barry M. Goldenberg

Chapter 4: The Formidable: Chinatown Enclave Educators’ Agency and Resistance

Sumer Seiki

Chapter 5: Agency within Constraints: The Professional Preparation and Work of Southern Black Educators, 1945-1970

Donna Jordan-Taylor

Chapter 6: Reaching Beyond the Classroom: Women Teachers in the Early 20th Century

Kathryn Nicholas

Chapter 7: Hijacks and Hijinks on the US History Review Committee

Laura K. Muñoz and Julio Noboa

Chapter 8: Community Teaching as Agency

Kate Napolitan

Compilation of Chapter Discussion Questions from Part II

Notes on Contributors

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Jennifer Gale de Saxe is a lecturer in Sociology and Social Policy in the School of Social and Cultural Studies at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand.

Tina Y. Gourd is an instructor in the College of Education, University of Washington, USA.