My scholarship is primarily interested in advancing democratic education through practical and eclectic curriculum theorizing. I conduct research to describe how curriculum leadership operates in early childhood settings, and I examine how dedicated teachers with strong personal and professional commitments experience and negotiate the challenges inherent to working in imperfect institutions. In collaboration with colleagues from Germany and the United States, I am engaged in an educational theorizing project that puts perspectives from curriculum studies in dialogue with German pedagogical traditions. Currently, our efforts are focused on clarifying dimensions of pedagogy overlooked within instrumental and critical discourses of curriculum and instruction.

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