Thomas Popkewitz

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Tom Popkewitz

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Tom Popkewitz

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Curriculum and Instruction (CI)

Professor
Curriculum and Instruction (CI)

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225 N Mills St
Madison, WI 53706-1707
Office: 608/263-7343

thomas.popkewitz@wisc.edu

Curriculum Vitae

Personal Biography

My studies are concerned with the knowledge or systems of reason that govern patterns of inclusion/exclusion in policy, school practices and research related to pedagogy and teacher education. My research includes historical, ethnographic, and comparative studies of educational reforms and the education sciences in Asia, Europe, Latin America, Southern Africa, and the US. Scholarship: I have written or edited approximately 40 books and over 300 articles in journals and book chapters, translated into 17 languages. Two of my books (Paradigms and Ideology in Educational Research and A Political Sociology of Educational Reform) have won awards for their contribution to educational studies. I have conducted national and comparative studies of teacher education and curriculum reforms in the US, Europe, Latin America, and Asia, particularly as they relate to questions of social exclusion (e.g., The Myth of Educational Reform, and Struggling for the Soul). I have co-directed a ten-country European Union-funded research project on educational governance and social exclusion (1999-2002), and directed comparative projects in the history and contemporary studies of educational reforms. These studies appear in edited books (e.g., Educational Knowledge; Changing Patterns of Power; Inventing the Modern Self and John Dewey: Modernities and the Traveling of Pragmatism in Education; and co-edited Educational restructuring: International perspectives on traveling policies; The Child, the Citizen, and the Promised Land: Comparative Visions in the Development of Schooling in the Long 19th Century). My current research concerns the transnational relation of science, education, and society embodied in the emergence of international student performance assessments, and the changing patterns of governing societies and people in the post-World War Two mobilizations of social and education sciences. Courses Taught: School Reform (C&I 716), Paradigms Of Educational Research and Evaluation(C&I 714), Globalization and Teaching(C&I 765), and Internationalizing of Educational Knowledge (C&I 366 & 727).



Publications

  • Popkewitz, T.S. (2020). The impracticality of practical research: A history of sciences of change that conserve Ann Arbor: The University of Michigan Press.
    Abstract: (The book will be simultaneously translated into Chinese and Spanish)
  • Fan, G., & Popkewitz, T.S. (in press). Handbook on Policy Studies. Springer (English), Shanghia: Shanghai Educational Publishing House (Chinese).
  • Popkewitz, T.S. (2019). How Theory Acts as the Retrieval Apparatus in Methods. Historical Thoughts on Romanticized Intellectual Practices. Handbook of historical studies in education: Debates, tensions and directions.
  • Lindblad, S., Pettersson, D., & Popkewitz, T.S. (2018). Education by the numbers and the making of society. The expertise of international assessments New York: Routledge.
  • Popkewitz, T.S., Diaz, J., & Kirchgasler, C. (2017). A Political Sociology of Educational Knowledge: Studies of Exclusion and Difference. New York: Routledge.
  • Popkewitz, T.S. (2015). The "Reason" of Schooling: Historicizing Curriculum Studies, Pedagogy, and Teacher Education. New York: Routledge.
  • Popkewitz, T.S. Rethinking the history of education: An intercontinental perspective on the questions, methods, and knowledge of schools. Unpublished Manuscript, University of Wisconsin, Madison. New York: PalgraveMacMillan.
    Abstract: The book is to contribute to a dialogue between leading historians working in education outside of the U.S. and American historians of education. This volume focuses on knowledge, discourse, language and visual culture of schooling. The chapters join debates in the humanities and the social sciences to rethink the significance and implications of schooling in modern societies as well as the methods of historical understandings.
  • Popkewitz, T.S. (2010). Curriculum studies, curriculum history, and curriculum theory: the reason of reason. Journal of Curriculum Studies. 41(3), 301-319.
  • Popkewitz, T.S. (2008). Cosmopolitanism and the age of school reform. Science, education and making society by making the child, Popkewitz, T.S. (2008). Cosmopolitanism and the age of school reform. Science, education and making society by making the child. New York: Routledge. (translated Chinese, Spanish, and Swedish).
    Abstract: It has been translated and published in Spain (Morata) and translated and will be published soon in Swedish
  • Popkewitz, T.S. (1998). Struggling for the soul: The politics of education and the construction of the teacher. New York: Teachers College Press. (translated Chinese, Portuguese, Spanish).

Presentations

  • Popkewitz, T.S. (2019). Keynote Speaker: Modern Schooling, The Knowledge of Textbooks and the Politics of Modernity, 2nd Conference of Curriculum, textbook and teaching, Beijing Normal University, China.
  • Popkewitz, T.S. (2019). Keynote Speaker: Comparative Reasoning of International Education Assessments: The Double Gestures of Hope and Fears in Science, International Conference on Educational Research, The University of Addis Abba, Ethiopia.
  • (2018). Keynote Speaker: The Making of Inequality in Educational for Equality: Historical Notes on Contemporary American and European Sciences, The 15th Annual Conference of the National Committee of Sociology of Education, Nanjing Normal University.
  • Popkewitz, T.S. (2018, October 11). Keynote Speaker: Numbers as desires and the impracticality of international student assessments: Governing by numbers at international level, New relationships between the State and Professions in Education, Strasbourg University.
  • Popkewitz, T.S. (2018, September 8). Keynote Speaker: The Paradox of Research: The Good Intentions of Inclusion that Excludes and Abjects, The European Educational Research Association Annual Conference, Bolzano, Italy.
  • Popkewitz, T.S. (2017, May 7). Keynote Speaker: The Unity of Knowledge as a Philosophy Ideal in the Practices of Schooling: Notes from Curriculum & Science Studies about Change that Conserves, 2nd International Symposium on Philosophy, Education, Art and History of Science, Muğla Sıtkı Koçman University, Turkey.
  • Popkewitz, T.S. (2016, September 10). Keynote Speaker: The Promise of International Assessments and the Lorelei’s Whispers: Notes from Curriculum & Science Studies, Research and Policymaking in Education Symposium, The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, Education Sector, Wenner-Gren Center / KVA, Stockholm, Sweden.
  • Popkewitz, T.S. (2016, March 16). Keynote Speaker: National Graduate School in Educational Research, Track 3 in cooperation with the research group CLEG, The Department of Teacher Education and School Research, and the Department of Education, University of Oslo, Oslo, Norway.
  • Popkewitz, T.S. (2016, February 12). Keynote Speaker: The Historical Possibility of Practical Knowledge as the Object of Change: Notes on the Emergence of a System of Reasoning, Australian Association for Research in Education: History and Education SIG: Workshop, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia.
  • Popkewitz, T.S. (2015). Keynote Speaker: The Problem of Educational Change in Pedagogical Research, Annual Conference of Pedagogy, 19th National Pedagogical Institute, Henan University & East China Normal University, Shanghai, China.

Awards and Honors

  • Other
    Organization: Other
    Date(s): 2016
  • Other
    Organization: Other
    Scope: International
    Date(s): 2016
  • Other
    Organization: Other
    Date(s): 2013 - 2016
  • Other
    Organization: American Educational Research Association (AERA)
    Date(s): 2008
  • Other
    Organization: Other
    Date(s): 2006
  • Other
    Organization: Other
    Scope: Other University
    Date(s): 2005
  • Other
    Organization: Other
    Date(s): 2004
  • Fulbright Fellowship
    Organization: Other
    Scope: Other University
    Date(s): 1999 - 2000
  • Other
    Organization: Other
    Date(s): 1993
  • Other
    Organization: Other
    Date(s): 1988
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