SPE BOOK AWARD – Call for Nominations

The Society of Professors of Education (SPE), since 1902 has provided a forum for addressing the issues facing our discipline and vocation.  As you know, it is a particularly challenging time for the field, which has become bitterly contested territory on a national and international level.  At this historical moment, it is more important than ever for this professional organization—founded, among others, by John Dewey—to have voice in the debates that currently divide the educational landscape as well as public opinion.

To serve this end, we are inaugurating a new award for education scholarship, and we would like to invite you to nominate your favorite book of 2012 (no more than one, please) that furthers the purposes of the Society as stated in our Constitution:

1. promotion of an increasingly comprehensive understanding of the relationship between education and the social complexities in which professors of education function;

2. recognition and appropriate utilization of the inherent power and responsibility of the Society in voicing its interest in and concern for the realization of desirable educational ends; and

3. concern for fostering inquiry into the history, current status, and future alternatives of the education professoriate.

The process will be modeled on the American Educational Studies Association’s Critics Choice Book Awards, which are presented to a list of recipients every year.  The announcement of the list of winners will allow authors and publishers to note the accolade on CVs and marketing materials, strengthening the impact of the work.

If you would like to nominate a book for inclusion on the first list of award recipients, please contact Isabel Nunez (isabel.nunez@cuchicago.edu) with the bibliographic information by March 8.  Nominations of books published in 2011 will also be accepted.  We know that your selections will be important contributions to the literature, and we look forward to reading them.

Many thanks,

The SPE Book Award Committee

(Jan Armstrong, Donna Breault, Bernardo Gallegos, Ming Fang He, Mina Kim, Pamela Konkol, Craig Kridel, Jonathan Lightfoot, Isabel Nuñez, Bill Schubert, and Wade Tillett)

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SPE and OVPES Notes

Here are announcements concerning the recent activities of two of our CSFE member organizations – SPE and OVPES:

Society of Professors of Education (SPE) has announced the recipients of the 2012 Wisniewski Award for Teacher Education is The National Center for Fair and Open Testing (Fair Test), Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts.

The Ohio Valley Philosophy of Education Society (OVPES) has established a new space for providing access to announcements, conference information, and its journal, Philosophical Studies in Education.

Time for many of us to read (and write) final spring semester papers and exams, in time to begin the work of summer teaching and  scholarship.  Enjoy the spring colors, everyone!  — Ed Prof

John Dewey Society at AERA, and More

Deron Boyles, President of the John Dewey Society has sent information about JDS activities at AERA next month.  The links below contain his letter to members, as well as AERA conference information, a call for help, and a JDS membership form.

Letter from Deron Boyles  (doc)

JDS at AERA with Membership Information  (PDF)

In other news, there is still time to send feedback concerning proposed revisions to the AESA/CSFE Standards.  See previous post for the details!

Please consider joining the CSFE as an individual (or group) member.  A CSFE membership form is available via the “ABOUT” page.

Best to all — Ed Prof

Socialfoundations.org, and more

A Few Important Announcements:

There are now two addresses that will take visitors to our CSFE site:  csfeonline.org  and a new address — socialfoundations.org  Please share either of these links with those who might be interested in learning about the Standards and other Council work.

If you would like to support the work of the Council, please consider joining as an individual (sustaining) member.  The cost is minimal ($10).  Membership forms are available for download through the “Membership” page to the right.  For leaders of social foundations organizations, this would be an ideal time to submit membership dues as well.  See membership forms for details.

This year, the CASA committee of AESA has been reviewing and drafting proposed revisions of the CLSE/AESA Standards. We will try to get the word out as opportunities for comment become available.

And finally, it is time for us to elect new CSFE officers.  In the near future, I will appoint a nominations committee to prepare a slate of candidates for those whose terms of office have expired.  We will also be working to identify current voting members (member organization delegates) in order to hold a proper online election.  A call for nominations will be posted here, and on the AESA listserve soon.

Jan Armstrong, CSFE President

Handbook of Research in Social Foundations

The new Handbook of Research in the Social Foundations of Education is now in print. A portion of the royalties from this publication will be transferred to the Council to support its work on behalf of social foundations. We would like to thank Steve Tozer for taking the lead on this on behalf of CSFE.  All of the editors and the contributors who made this volume possible are to be congratulated for their work on this important project.

Welcome

Education is a social process. Education is growth. Education is, not a preparation for life; education is life itself. — John Dewey

Welcome to the Council for Social Foundations of Education (CSFE) Online! This site provides information about the Council’s current activities, past achievements and aspirations for the future. It also provides links to our member organizations, constitution, and Standards for Academic and Professional Instruction in Foundations of Education, Educational Studies, and Educational Policy Studies.

The purpose of the Council, as stated in the CSFE Constitution, is to provide a forum among learned societies and individual scholars in the humanistic and social foundations of education for developing, discussing, approving, and implementing policies regarding matters of mutual interest among members. Such matters may include, but are not limited to, standards related to the preparation and licensure of educators and accreditation of education programs or units.