Whitworth Communications

For Immediate Release

February 16, 2005

Teacher-Education Expert to Present March 3 Lecture at Whitworth

Robert Bullough Ph.D., the author of several groundbreaking books on the development of teachers, will present a lecture, "Reconsidering Access to Knowledge," on Thursday, March 3, at 7 p.m. in the Music Building Recital Hall at Whitworth College. Admission is free. For more information, please call (509) 777-3229. Since 2000, Bullough has served as associate director of the Center for the Improvement of Teacher Education and Schooling at Brigham Young University, in Provo, Utah.

During his lecture Bullough, an expert on teacher education and curriculum studies, will examine why certain segments of America's school population have greater access to knowledge than others and will explore the ways in which schools have been both a help and a hindrance in bringing about equity of access. His will use students' stories to provide examples of the difficulties schools face in bringing about equity. Bullough will also examine how current policy affects schools and students' equitable access to knowledge.

Bullough is the author of Uncertain Lives: Children of Promise, Teachers of Hope (Teachers College Press, 2001), which was selected by the American Educational Research Association as Outstanding Book in Curriculum for 2001-02, and by Choice Magazine as an Outstanding Academic Title for 2001.

"Uncertain Lives allows the reader to understand the lives of the children we teach by using the voices of children Bullough interviewed for the book; it is these children, who have such 'uncertain lives,' that give prospective teachers insight into the humanity of these children and their families and into the struggles they face," says Randall Michaelis, professor and chair of the department of teacher education in the Whitworth School of Education. "Bullough also portrays 'teachers of hope' who have gone beyond what is required to meet students' needs."

Bullough has written extensively on the development of teachers. In addition to Uncertain Lives, he is co-author of Becoming a Student of Teaching: Linking Knowledge, Production and Practice (2001). His books First Year Teacher: A Case Study (1989) and "First-Year Teacher" Eight Years Later: An Inquiry into Teacher Development (1997) give important insight in the development of teacher identity and the meaning teachers bring to their work, Michaelis says.

Bullough earned his Ph.D. from The Ohio State University and his M.Ed. from the University of Utah. He has completed postdoctoral work in the Department of Educational Policy Studies at the University of Illinois, in Champaign-Urbana. He is also the author or co-author of numerous book chapters and refereed articles published in scholarly journals, and currently holds six editorial-appointment positions, including associate editor of Teachers and Teaching; Theory and Practice and the Journal of Education for Teaching.

Bullough's visit to Whitworth is sponsored by the college's vocation grant, "Discerning Vocation: Community, Context and Commitment," from the Lilly Foundation, Inc. The grant helps students, faculty, staff, alumni and community members to connect their gifts and abilities with the larger needs of society through ministry, service, and career-oriented programs.

Located in Spokane, Wash., Whitworth is a private, liberal arts college affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (USA). The college enrolls 2,400 students in more than 50 undergraduate and graduate programs.


Julie Riddle, public information specialist, Whitworth College, (509) 777-3729 or jriddle@whitworth.edu.

Randall Michaelis, professor and chair of the department of teacher education, School of Education, Whitworth College, (509) 777-4402 or rmichaelis@whitworth.edu.

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