Liberal Education in Japan: Deweyan Experiments

The Japanese liberal education movement, which flourished during the years 1915-30, was a spontaneous upsurge of experimentation with new methods of teaching, many of which resembled the ideas of John Dewey. This book, the first work in English about the movement, is notable because it discusses Japanese liberal education in the light of Dewey’s educational theories. After tracing the historical and social context of the movement, it describes the ideas and practices of Oikawa Heiji and Hani Motoko, two of the most prominent educators, and those of other important educational figures. The book illustrates the similarities and differences between these ideas and practices and those recommended by Dewey.

Diversity in the College Classroom: Knowing Ourselves, Our Students, Our Disciplines

Diversity in the College Classroom is a collection of first-person narratives by multi-disciplinary faculty at the most racially diverse campus in the University of Wisconsin System. It reveals the complex, interior lives of college professors: how their experiences inform their teaching, relationships with students, and experimentation with innovative pedagogical approaches. All of the writers completed UW-Parkside’s Summer Institute: Infusing Diversity into the Curriculum. The starting point was looking within.

"Recent events at colleges and universities across the country have demonstrated that our campuses are fraught with tension around race, ethnicity, immigrant status, gender, sexuality, and all forms of perceived difference. Diversity in the College Classroom is a smart and timely response to how we ensure that ALL students are included and accepted at the college or university of their choice. Hopefully, faculty, administrators, and staff will make it a must read.” -Gloria Ladson-Billings, School of Education, University of Wisconsin-Madison; author of Beyond the Big House and The Dreamkeepers

“This book is for postsecondary educators who are willing to take their masks off and confront themselves in a spirit of revolutionary self-reflection in the very same manner as the contributors to this volume…. the authors’ willingness to publicly check themselves, as they invite their learners to do the same in a spirit of mutual solidarity, is incredible.” -René Antrop-González, Metropolitan State University; author of Schools as Radical Sanctuaries

“The counternarratives included in this book reveal the profound difference between teaching from a discipline and teaching from the heart. At a time when educators are beleaguered and dispirited, you will be as heartened as I am by these stories of courage and renewal.” —Parker J. Palmer, Center for Courage & Renewal; author of The Courage to Teach, Healing the Heart of Democracy, and several other books

Out of the Shadows: Fostering Creativity in Teacher Education Programs

Out of the Shadows: Fostering Creativity and Teacher Education Programs is a culmination of five years of research into the role teachers have played in nurturing the world’s greatest artistic minds. The study focuses on the evolution of creativity in teaching practices and finds that many methods are as relevant in today’s classrooms as they were ten thousand years ago. The ancient Chinese used a painting style known as Moku-Chi to nurture the creativity of their children. They were encouraged to splash ink freely across rice paper, using broad, abandoned strokes to find inspiration.

This book fuses ancient and modern techniques to inspire teachers and their students.

We encourage teachers of today to learn from the lessons of the past. With a focus on Australian Aboriginal and Chinese arts and culture, comprehensive learning models and innovative teaching approaches aim to improve the art education in primary and secondary schools.