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David Hursh

David Hursh

Professor
Teaching & Curriculum
LeChase Hall 452
(585) 275-3947
dhursh@warner.rochester.edu
 
Education:
PhD, University of Wisconsin-Madison (curriculum theory and research)
MS, Kansas State University (family and child development)
BS, Kansas State University (social science)


David Hursh is a professor in the teaching and curriculum program. His recent research and writing reflect three specific areas of interest. First, he situates the current corporate-based education reform effort within the context of the rise and dominance of neoliberal economic policies. This includes examining the changing role of governance in society where philanthropists, corporations, non-governmental organizations, and investment fund managers increasingly influence education policy. 
 
Second, he has worked to design and implement curriculum that promotes a sustainable society. This ranges from reconceptualizing educational goals to include practices that contribute to understanding the physical and social world as a holistic system. This includes not only teaching about energy and water use, but also creating an environment that supports the health of humans and other living things. He has created lessons and taught in classrooms in sub Saharan Africa as well as urban and suburban schools in the United States. He also worked with the Earth Institute at Columbia University from 2011-12 on the Millennium Development Project on attaining the Millennium Development Goals.
 
Third, he studies the way in which education policy is increasingly globalized so that the politics of education reform have similarities across different countries. Most recently, he has been speaking, teaching, and researching in New Zealand and Australia.
 
Hursh is responsible for teaching three courses:  ED 404 Teaching, Curriculum and Change; ED 532 Action Research Methods; and EDU 428 Theory and Practice in Teaching and Learning Social Studies in Elementary School.  He occasionally teaches an advanced doctoral seminar, most recently on globalization and education. In his Teaching, Curriculum and Change course, Hursh encourages students to conduct research on past and current issues in education, including the role of philanthropists, standardized testing, teachers unions, and inequality. His doctoral course on action research prepares students to use action research to investigate their own and others’ educational practices. Finally, his course on elementary social studies supports teachers and teacher candidates in developing curriculum and pedagogy in social studies education. Hursh supports students in raising and answering questions that are personally and politically significant.
 
Hursh’s most recent publications focus on the changing governance of public schools, including the increasing impact on education policy by philanthropists, corporations, non-governmental agencies and politicians. He has also written both theoretical and practical articles and books about education for sustainability as well as social studies education.
 
Hursh has given presentations on the above topics in the United States and around the globe. He has given addresses at the United Nations, in New Zealand, Australia, Chile, and Canada, and at numerous international conferences in Europe and North America. He is the associate editor for the Americas for the Journal of Education Policy and an associate editor for the journal Policy Futures in Education. In addition to his appointment as a visiting scholar at Columbia University, Hursh has been on the faculty of Swarthmore College, a visiting professor at the University of Wisconsin- Madison, a visiting scholar at the University of Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand and the University of Redlands, Redlands, California, and a research fellow at Bristol University, Bristol, England. 


Some of his major publications include:
 
Education Policy
Hursh, D. (2015). The End of Public Schools: The Corporate Reform Agenda to Privatize Education. New York: Routledge.
 
Hursh, D. (2015). EvenMore of the Same: How Free Market Capitalism Dominates Education. In P. Carr and B. Porfilio (Eds.) The Phenomenon of Obama and the Agenda for Education: Can hope audaciously trump neoliberalism?  (2nd edition) Charlotte, NC: Information Publishing.
 
Hursh, D. (2013). “Raising the Stakes: High-Stakes Testing and the Attack on Public Education in New York.”Journal of Education Policy, 28(5). 574-588. DOI:10.1080/02680939.2012.758829
 
Hursh, D. (2008). High Stakes Testing and the Decline of Education: The Real Crisis in Education. Lanham, M:  Rowman & Littlefield).
  
Environmental Sustainability
Hursh, D., Henderson, J. & Greenwood, D. (2015). Environmental education in the neoliberal climate. Environmental Education Research 21(3), 299-316.
Henderson, J. A. & Hursh, D. (2014). Economics and education for human flourishing: Wendell Berry and the Oikonomic Alternative to Neoliberalism. Educational Studies. 50(2), 167-186.
 
Hursh, D. & Martina, C.A.(2011). Teaching Environmental Health to Children: An Interdisciplinary Approach. DortrechtThe Netherlands: Springer Science and Business.
 
Social Studies
Hursh, D. & Ross, E.W. (Eds.) (2000). Democratic Social Education: Social Studies for Social Change. London: Falmer.
 
YouTube Videos:
Keynote address: New York State as a cautionary tale (2014). New Zealand union of primary teachers and administrators. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hW4vZGsLiL4
 
University of Rochester Meliora Address (2013): High-stakes testing and the decline of teaching. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GIQu2Hh_YkI

Publications Available on the Web:
The End of Public Schools: The Corporate Reform Agenda to Privatize Education (Mercedes Schneider Book Review)

The Crisis in Urban Education: Resisting Neoliberal Policies and Forging Democratic Possibilities (Book review for the Educational Researcher)

Undermining democratic education in the USA: The consequences of global capitalism and neo-liberal policies for education policies at the local, state, and federal levels

Neoliberalism and schooling in the U.S.: How state and federal government education policies perpetuate inequality

We all live downstream: Transforming knowledge and thinking through teaching and learning about the relationship between the environment and human health

Neoliberalism, markets, and accountability: Transforming education and undermining democracy in the United States and England



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Courses
ED404 Teaching, Curriculum, and Change
EDU428 Theory and Practice in Teaching and Learning Social Studies in Elementary School
EDE436 Diversity and Equity in Education
EDE531 Globalization, Education and Societies
ED532 Action Research Methods (1 credit)
EDE532 Dewey, Democracy, and Globalization
ED551A Teaching & Curriculum Doctoral Cohort Seminar 1A
ED551B Teaching & Curriculum Doctoral Cohort Seminar 1B
ED551C Teaching & Curriculum Doctoral Cohort Seminar 1C
ED552A Teaching & Curriculum Doctoral Cohort Seminar 2A
ED552B Teaching & Curriculum Doctoral Cohort Seminar 2B
ED552C Teaching & Curriculum Doctoral Cohort Seminar 2C
ED553 Teaching & Curriculum Dissertation Proposal Seminar
ED554 Action Research Dissertation Seminar I
ED555 Action Research Dissertation Seminar II