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UF Synergies: Ethics and Education in the Age of Accountability

October 24, 2018 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm


Wednesday, October 24, 2018 @ 4:00 pm, Keene-Flint 05

Ethics and Education in the Age of Accountability

• Jaime Ahlberg (Philosophy) “Disability as Difference: Implications for Educational Justice”

Dr. Ahlberg’s talk offers a report from the inaugural summer residency at the National Center for the Humanities in summer of 2018 (sponsored by the Center for the Humanities and the Puplic Sphere and the CLAS Dean’s Office), where she completed research on her project on schooling and disability. In her presentation, Dr. Ahlberg will explore a claim made by many activists in the Disability Rights Movement: that disability is not a matter of deficit or tragedy, but rather a matter of human difference.  She will discuss ways in which to understand this claim, its plausibility, and its implications for how to understand educational justice for students with disabilities.  

  • Elizabeth Currin (Education, Rothman Doctoral Fellow) “Storied Stance: An Oral History of Long-Term Teacher Researchers in the Age of Accountability” 

Elizabeth Currin focuses on “teacher research,” a form of self-directed learning in which educators study their own teaching in order to improve it. Through oral history interviews, Ms. Currin explores and documents the stories of long-term teacher researchers against the backdrop of increasing pressure to quantify learning outcomes in the high-stakes Age of Accountability. Her work addresses the sociopolitical and institutional contexts of their careers, while at the same time challenging the marginalization and trivialization of teacher research. By “storying” the stance of inquiry they take toward their teaching, she suggests teacher researchers offer a formidable counter-narrative to the dominant view of America’s so-called failing public schools. 


October 24, 2018
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
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Center for the Humanities and the Public Sphere


Keene Flint 005