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Mordechai Gordon

Professor of Education
Chairperson - Education

BA, Ohio University; MA, Duquesne University PA; MPhil, PhD, Columbia Univ Teachers College; Master of Philosophy, Columbia University (Teachers College)

School of Education


ED 380

Research Methods in Education Studies - Fall 2018

FYS 101

First-Year Seminar - Fall 2018

ED 521

Social and Philosophical Foundations of Education - Fall 2018


MAT - Elementary/Secondary

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Teaching courses such as ???Social and Philosophical Issues in Education,??? ???Adolescent Development,??? ???Secondary School Culture,??? and ???Issues and Research in Education,??? I try to challenge my students to think critically about foundational questions in education as well as issues that schools and teachers are facing. In the Fall of 2010, I introduced a new course to the university curriculum entitled ???The philosophy of Humor and Laughter.??? My background is in philosophy, psychology, and education, and my research often explores the intersections of these three disciplines. My areas of interest include teacher education, foundations of education and, more recently, exploring the connections between humor and philosophy of education. In 2005, I published Ten Common Myths in American Education (Holistic Education Press). Earlier I edited a book entitled Hannah Arendt and Education: Renewing our Common World, which won of the 2002 AESA Critics Choice Award. I have also published numerous articles in scholarly journals such as Educational Theory, Journal of Teacher Education, Educational Studies, Oxford Review of Education, and Encounter: Education for Meaning and Social Justice.

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