Bio for Daniel Pekarsky



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Professor Daniel Pekarsky

Professor Emeritus of Educational Policy Studies

University of Wisconsin-MadisonDepartment of Educational Policy Studies
208 Education Building
1000 Bascom Mall
Madison, Wisconsin 53706

Doctoral Degree:

Harvard Graduate School of Education, Ph.D. Education (Special Field: Philosophy), 1976.

Academic Areas of Interest:

Questions at the intersection of ethics and education; moral education; Jewish civilization and education; religion and education.

On-Campus Affiliations:

  • Member (and former director) of the Mosse-Weinstein Center for Jewish Studies
  • Director of the Program in Education and Jewish Studies
  • Member of the Religious Studies Program.

Honors and Awards:

  • University Teaching Award
  • Member of the University of Wisconsin's Teaching Academy.

Current and Recent Professional Activities:

Educational Consultant to the Mandel Foundation.

Current Research Projects:

Education and the Challenge of Meaning; Learning Texts (an inquiry into classical religious texts that concern the nature of education); The Role of Guiding Visions in Education.

Recent and Representative Publications:

"Dewey's Groundwork," Essays in Honor of Professor Seymour Fox, Mordechai Nisan, ed., forthcoming.

"A Guiding Vision and Educational Planning" in Curriculum and Consequence, Barry Franklin, ed., New York: Teachers College Press, 2000, pp. 15 - 29.

"Socratic Teaching: A Critical Assessment." Journal of Moral Education, 1994, Vol. 23, No. 2, pp. 119-134.

"Dewey's Conception of Growth Reconsidered." Educational Theory, 1990, Vol. 40, No. 3, pp. 293-294.

Courses Taught:

Philosophical conceptions of teaching and learning; philosophy of moral education; educational ethics; education and Jewish civilization

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