SpecialEditionFrom the new Introduction by Janet L Miller , Teachers College, Columbia University Maxine Greene never claimed to be a visionary thinker But forty years later, her trepidations detailed throughouts Landscapes of Learning now appear unnervingly prescient Witness and treasure Landscapes as evidence of her matchless abilities to inspire myriad educators and students worldwide I would suggest that there must always be a place in teacher education for foundations people, whose fundamental concern is with opening new perspectives on the many faces of the human world Maxine GreeneThe essays in this volume demonstrate clearly that Maxine Greene is herself an example of the kind of foundations specialist she hopes to see someone who can stimulate, inform, and bring new insights to teachers, students, curriculum planners, administrators, policy makers indeed all those concerned with education in its broadest senseThese essays, a number of them based on lectures presented to various professional organizations, reveals her dedication to learning and teaching, as it reveals her belief in the potential of each individual person A philosopher whose orientation is largely existential and phenomenological, she seeks to demystify aspects of today s technological society, to question taken for granted notions of social justice and equality, and to elucidate conflicts between youth and age, the poor and the middle class, people of color and Whites, male and female As a humanist, she calls for self reflectiveness, wide awakeness, and personal transformation within the context of each person s own lived world each one s particular landscape of work, experience, and aspirationRecognizing the multiple realities that compose experience, the many landscapes against which sense making proceeds, the essays are grouped in four sections intellectual and moral components of emancipatory education social issues and their implications for approaches to pedagogy artistic aesthetic considerations in the making of curriculum and the cultural significance of women s predicaments today All are richly illuminated by examples all are written with grace and passion all will help readers achieve greater self understanding and critical consciousness


10 thoughts on “Landscapes of Learning

  1. Zach Zach says:

    Learning Landscapes is an original, vital book, which is written atop other books Maxine Greene, a self professed phenomenological existentialist, is a brilliant thinker and a pleasure to read Her passionate, clear, and innovative ideas are refreshing Written in the 1970s, this is her first book, but you can hardly tell the time period Greene s analysis of the passivity and the dire influence of positivism in education seem like they re written about today In order to achieve wide awak Learning Landscapes is an original, vital book, which is written atop other books Maxine Greene, a self professed phenomenological existentialist, is a brilliant thinker and a pleasure to read Her passionate, clear, and innovative ideas are refreshing Written in the 1970s, this is her first book, but you can hardly tell the time period Greene s analysis of the passivity and the dire influence of positivism in education seem like they re written about today In order to achieve wide awakeness, Greene suggests using the arts to help people problematize the world and break down the mystification that leads to so much passivity The only parts that help the reader locate the time period are Greene s analysis of affirmative action, which at the time is clearly still early in its implementation, yet her insights on affirmative action shine brilliantly and timelessly Also, her analysis of sexism in schools and the struggle for women to find choose their own path help the reader understand how recent, how little, and how much has happened for women s rights


  2. David Schaafsma David Schaafsma says:

    After John Dewey, maybe the greatest American educational philosopher, and this has been a very important book for me Very powerful way to rethink what is important in learning.


  3. Trevor Trevor says:

    I m kind of reading my way through this one off and on as I m writing this semester I m really liking Maxine s take on ed philosophy


  4. Farfished9 Farfished9 says:

    Excellent God bless you, Maxine Greeneand happy birthday