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Distinguished visiting scholar discusses the value of teaching in a changing world

August 01, 2013 - 10:28 AM

Join Joseph Dunne, UBC’s Okanagan campus distinguished visiting scholar, as he discusses his research on the value of teacher practice as it has developed over four decades of philosophical inquiry.

Dunne will address the interests and concerns that have animated his writings. He will also set out a vision for what a future conception of teaching practice must be if it is to make good on its promise to help children lead flourishing lives.

Faculty of Education Asst. Prof. Christopher Martin encourages the public — particularly parents of school-aged children — to come listen to Dunne and participate.

“In a time in which school systems are under constant pressure to reform and compete in order to meet the demands of ‘21st Century Learning,’ Professor Dunne’s work reminds us that there are some features of the teacher-student dynamic that are deeply important and irreplaceable,” says Martin.

“He has devoted a lifetime of scholarship to understanding what good teaching actually is—for our children, parents, and the community at large.”

Dunne is the author of several books, including Back to the Rough Ground (1993), Upholding the Integrity of Teaching and Learning (2004), and Childhood and its Discontents: The First Seamus Heaney Lectures (2002).

This event is part of UBC’s Faculty of Education’s Stirring Minds Speakers Series. It takes place Thursday, August 8 in the Purcell Residences Lounge at 2 p.m. A wine-and-cheese reception will follow Dunne’s presentation. Those attending are encouraged to RSVP to kyla.hicks@ubc.ca.

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