About Susan Jean Mayer

Susan Jean Mayer has taught in teacher education programs at Brandeis and Northeastern Universities and worked in mainstream curriculum development at the high school level. In addition to her ongoing research and scholarship, she is a founding partner of Critical Exploration Press, and was a founding board member for the first nine years of Critical Explorers.

Published chapters and articles have treated a range of issues related to democratic K-12 practice and the study of learning within schools. A forthcoming book proposes an organizing role for the philosophy of pragmatism within democratic schools.

Susan also co-edits the Journal of the American Association for the Advancement of Curriculum Studies, an open-access  journal that publishes critical essays on current and historical texts in field of curriculum theory. See links to essays she has written for JAAACS below.

Critical Review Essays by Susan Jean Mayer

Missing Traditions of Black Curricular Thought - Reviews the 2016 book Black Intellectual Thought in Education: The Missing Traditions of Anna Julia Cooper, Carter G. Woodson, and Alain LeRoy Locke  written by Carl A. Grant, Keffrelyn D. Brown and Anthony Brown

Risking Ourselves in Classrooms - Considers philosopher Gert Biesta’s 2014 text, The Beautiful Risk of Education, in which Biesta proposes democracies devote greater attention to the thoughtful nurture of subjectification processes within schools.

Engendering Knowledge and its Nurture - Considers each of the five major historical studies represented in Petra Monroe Hendry’s towering 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 - Responds critically to the diverse arguments presented in Joe Kincheloe’s 2004 edited text, Multiple Intelligences Reconsidered, in which a range of authors respond critically to Howard Gardner’s now classic text on the nature of intelligence.

Getting it Right: Keeping it Complicated - Responds critically to Kieran Egan’s 2002 text, Getting it Wrong from the Beginning: Our Progressivist Inheritance from Herbert Spencer, John Dewey, and Jean Piaget, in which Egan suggests that deep flaws in Herbert Spencer’s reasoning have always compromised and continue to haunt progressive educational theory.