About Susan Jean Mayer

Susan Jean Mayer is a learning and curriculum theorist whose research focuses on processes of democratic knowledge construction; her published articles treat a range of issues related to democratic PK-12 practice and social science method. Her recent book, Classroom Discourse and Democracy: Making Meanings Together, was just named Book of the Year in Peter Lang’s Educational Psychology: Critical Pedagogical Perspectives series and can be previewed at Amazon.com.

Susan has taught in several urban K-12 contexts and in teacher education programs at Brandeis and Northeastern Universities and worked for five years in secondary textbook development. She is managing editor of the Journal of the American Association for the Advancement of Curriculum Studies, an open-access online journal that publishes critical essays on current works in curriculum theory, and founding vice-president of the non-profit Critical Explorers, Inc., which conducts inquiry-based curricular research and design residencies within urban middle schools.


Critical Essays by Susan Jean Mayer

Engendering Knowledge and its Nurture

Considers Petra Monroe Hendry’s 2011 text, Engendering Curriculum History, touching also on Madeleine Grumet’s classic feminist work, Bitter Milk.

Of Policy, Poetry, and the Potent Notion of Intelligence

Considers Joe Kincheloe’s 2004 text, Multiple Intelligences Reconsidered

Getting it Right: Keeping it Complicated

Considers Kieran Egan’s 2002 text, Getting it Wrong from the Beginning: Our Progressivist Inheritance from Herbert Spencer, John Dewey, and Jean Piaget