David Geoffrey Smith
David Smith was born in China during the Maoist revolution, then raised in central Africa (Northern Rhodesia/Zambia) during the dying days of British colonial rule. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of British Columbia (UBC), in English Literature and Social Science. After a year as a child care worker with emotionally disturbed children, he went to Queen's University in Ontario to complete a Master of Divinity degree, with a thesis in the field of comparative religion.
He subsequently obtained his after-degree Diploma in Education from the University of Victoria (British Columbia) then taught school in that city for four years before returning to graduate school. He received his Master of Arts in Curriculum Studies from UBC with a thesis on the history of Western childhood, then his Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Alberta with a dissertation on the hermeneutics of the adult-child relation.
For the past twenty years, David's research and writing have been in the areas of curriculum studies, teacher education, interpretive research, and the study of pedagogy as a form of cultural mediation. Collections of his papers can be found in Pedagon: Interdisciplinary Essays in the Human Sciences, Pedagogy and Culture (NY: Lang 1999), Teaching in Global Times (Edmonton, Pedagon Press 2003), and Trying to Teach in a Season of Great Untruth: Globalization, Empire and the Crises of Pedagogy (Rotterdam NL: Sense Publishers 2006).
His current research focusses on the phenomenon of "globalization", and the question of the educator's unique vocational responsibility in the face of international pressures to make educational work serve the univocal, and monological agenda of market forces. Through the development of an International Forum on Education and Society, an effort is being made to develop an intercivilizational dialogue on education that draws upon the rich Wisdom traditions of the world, from Asia, Africa and the Middle East as well as from the Euro-American tradition.
1. Pedagon:Interdisciplinary Essays in the Human Sciences, Pedagogy and Culture. New York: Peter Lang Inc. (1999)
|Pedagon, a collection of essays by Professor David Geoffrey
Smith, exemplifies a new genre of interdisciplinary writing. Drawing on
such discourses as hermeneutics, literary theory, international relations
theory, media and technology studies, Buddhism, and education, Professor
Smith weaves a series of illuminating and provocative tapestries that find
their focus in questions relating the practices of culture to the conduct
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2. Globalization, Postmodernism and Education. Beijing: Educational Sciences Press 2000.
This volume, translated into Chinese by Yangsheng Guo, contains some papers from Pedagon as well as Professor Smith's most recent writings in the area of globalization theory and pedagogy.
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3. Trying to Teach in a Season of Great Untruth: Globalization, Empire and the Crises of Pedagogy. Rotterdam NL: Sense Publishers 2006.
These essays by Canadian scholar David Geoffrey Smith address contemporary issues in teaching, curriculum and pedagogy through tensions arising from the processes of globalization and empire. Of particular sighificance are the prejudices of Homo Oeconomicus or Economic Man (sic) that reduce the most profound of human relations, like those between the young and their elders, to an evermore constraining grammar of profit and loss. The predations of empire in turn divide the world into a site of war between friends and enemies, winners and losers. The times are dangerous, and educators need to speak to the world from the wisdom of their experience of standing with the young, for whom alone the future may still be open.
4. Teaching in Global Times. Edmonton Pedagon Press 2003.
A collection of essays, essay reviews, and introductions on various themes related to globalization and education. Available on loan from the Coutts Library, University of Alberta.
EDSE 601 Globalization and Education.
EDSE 580 (a): Teaching as the Practice of Wisdom
EDSE 580 (b): Religious Education and Cultural Pluralism.
EDSE 610 Advanced Studies in Curriculum Research.
EDSE 503 Curriculum Foundations and Inquiry
EDSE 504 Curriculum Inquiry
EDSE 378 Religious and Moral Education
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