Imagination and Praxis: Criticality and Creativity in Education and Educational Research

Series Editors:
Tricia M. Kress
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Current educational reform rhetoric around the globe repeatedly invokes the language of 21st century learning and innovative thinking while contrarily re-enforcing, through government policy, high stakes testing and international competition, standardization of education that is exceedingly reminiscent of 19th century Taylorism and scientific management. Yet, as the steam engines of educational “progress” continue down an increasingly narrow, linear, and unified track, it is becoming increasingly apparent that the students in our classrooms are inheriting real world problems of economic instability, ecological damage, social inequality, and human suffering. If young people are to address these social problems, they will need to activate complex, interconnected, empathetic and multiple ways of thinking about the ways in which peoples of the world are interconnected as a global community in the living ecosystem of the world. Seeing the world as simultaneously local, global, political, economic, ecological, cultural and interconnected is far removed from the Enlightenment’s objectivist and mechanistic legacy that presently saturates the status quo of contemporary schooling. If we are to derail this positivist educational train and teach our students to see and be in the world differently, the educational community needs a serious dose of imagination. The goal of this book series is to assist students, practitioners, leaders, and researchers in looking beyond what they take for granted, questioning the normal, and amplifying our multiplicities of knowing, seeing, being and feeling to, ultimately, envision and create possibilities for positive social and educational change. The books featured in this series will explore ways of seeing, knowing, being, and learning that are frequently excluded in this global climate of standardized practices in the field of education. In particular, they will illuminate the ways in which imagination permeates every aspect of life and helps develop personal and political awareness. Featured works will be written in forms that range from academic to artistic, including original research in traditional scholarly format that addresses unconventional topics (e.g., play, gaming, ecopedagogy, aesthetics), as well as works that approach traditional and unconventional topics in unconventional formats (e.g., graphic novels, fiction, narrative forms, and multi-genre texts). Inspired by the work of Maxine Greene, this series will showcase works that “break through the limits of the conventional” and provoke readers to continue arousing themselves and their students to “begin again” (Greene, 1995, p. 109).

Authors are cordially invited to submit proposals and/or full manuscripts by e-mail to the Aquisitions Editor, John Bennett.
Echoes from a Child’s Soul
Awakening the Moral Imagination of Children
Volume 14
The Open Book
Stories of Academic Life and Writing or Where We Know Things
Volume 13
A Rhizomatic Look at First-Year Teaching
Volume 12
Spinning Popular Culture as Public Pedagogy
Critical Reflections and Transformative Possibilities
Volume 11
How Higher Education Feels
Commentaries on Poems That Illuminate Emotions in Learning and Teaching
Volume 10
Re-Telling Our Stories
Critical Autoethnographic Narratives
Volume 9
Poetics of Curriculum, Poetics of Life
An Exploration of Poetry in the Context of Selves, Schools, and Society
Volume 8
Learning That Matters
Revitalising Heathcote's Rolling Role for the Digital Age
Volume 7
Sense and Sensitivity
The Identity of the Scholar-Writer in Academia
Volume 6
Erich Fromm's Revolutionary Hope
Prophetic Messianism as a Critical Theory of the Future
Volume 4
The Great Globe and All Who It Inherit
Narrative and Dialogue in Story-telling with Halliday, Vygotsky, and Shakespeare
Volume 3
Reclaiming the Sane Society
Essays on Erich Fromm's Thought
Volume 2
We Saved the Best for You
Letters of Hope, Imagination and Wisdom for 21st Century Educators
Volume 1
Series Editors:
Tricia M. Kress, University of Massachusetts Boston, Boston, MA., USA
Robert Lake, Georgia Southern University, Statesboro, GA., USA

Editorial Advisory Board:
Peter Appelbaum, Arcadia University, Philadelphia, PA, USA
Roslyn Arnold, University of Sydney, Australia
Patty Bode, Southern Connecticut State University in New Haven, CT. USA
Cathrene Connery, Salisbury University, Salisbury, MD. USA
Clyde Coreil, New Jersey City University, Jersey City, NJ, USA
Michelle Fine, CUNY Graduate Center, New York, NY, USA
Sandy Grande, Connecticut College, New London, CT, USA
Awad Ibrahim, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, ON, Canada
Wendy Kohli, Fairfield University, Fairfield, CT, USA
Donaldo Macedo, University of Massachusetts Boston, MA, USA
Martha McKenna, Lesley University, Boston, MA, USA
Ernest Morrell, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN, USA
William Reynolds, Georgia Southern University, Statesboro, GA, USA
Pauline Sameshima, Lakehead University, Thunder Bay, ON, USA
Educational researchers and their students
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