Attending school is an experience that most people share but this leads us to accept rather than question the experience. Using the philosophies of Heidegger and Dewey, John Quay explores life in schools and juxtaposes the environment of a school camp with that of an academic classroom.
John Quay is a senior lecturer in the Graduate School of Education at the University of Melbourne, Australia. He has recently published Education, Experience and Existence: Engaging Dewey, Peirce and Heidegger (2013) and John Dewey and Education Outdoors (2013, with Jayson Seaman). His research interests include educational philosophy, outdoor education, physical education and environmental education.
1. Understanding Life so as to Understand Life in School
2. Investigating Life in School
3. Life in School: Occupations and Outdoor Education
4. Life in School: Occupations and Academic Classrooms
5. Life in School is Occupational
"This book is a "must read" for educators. It is so because it is animated by a principle which claims that it is more important to help students become well-rounded beings than to transmit to them tidbits of knowledge. Study its manifestation with care, then act upon it."Philip W. Jackson - David Lee Shillinglaw Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus in the Departments of Education and Psychology at the University of Chicago, USA
"This book is a worthy companion to Philip W. Jackson's Life in Classrooms. It addresses the complexities of life in schools, providing a rich account of how students interpret and negotiate these complexities. In an analysis that is both philosophically astute and highly accessible, John Quay shows how education for these students is about much more than knowing - it is about being and becoming."Fazal Rizvi - Professor in Global Studies in Education at the University of Melbourne, Australia and Emeritus Professor at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, USA