1st Edition

The Transformative Classroom
Philosophical Foundations and Practical Applications

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ISBN 9781032005959
May 24, 2021 Forthcoming by Routledge
224 Pages

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Book Description

The Transformative Classroom offers a new theory of transformative education. It engages with the vast and interdisciplinary conversation on transformative teaching and learning, providing a synthetic overview and critique of some of the most influential approaches today.

Drawing on important insights from ethics, psychology, and the philosophy of education, the book argues for an approach to transformative education that aims to awaken and facilitate students’ aspiration. In making this case, it critically examines the methods of transformative teaching developed in educational psychology, social justice education, adult education, school leadership studies, moral and values education, civic education, educational theory, as well as popular books and blogs for teachers. In this way, the book provides concrete practical guidance to teachers who hope to create a transformative classroom.

This book will be of great interest for academics, K-12 teachers, researchers and students in the fields of curriculum and instruction, teaching and learning, adult education, social justice education and educational theory.

Table of Contents


Part I: The Paradigms of Transformation

Chapter 1: Transformation as Conversion

Chapter 2: Transformation as Emancipation

Chapter 3: Transformation as Reconstruction

Part II: The Theory of Aspiration

Chapter 4: The Psychology of Aspiration

Chapter 5: Psychological Barriers to Aspiration

Part III: The Aspirational Classroom

Chapter 6: Awakening Aspiration in the Classroom

Chapter 7: Creating an Aspirational Classroom

Chapter 8: Conclusion

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Douglas W. Yacek is a research fellow and lecturer in philosophy of education at Dortmund University, Germany.