Stephen Swidler

Stephen Swidler

Associate Professor

Ph.D., 1995, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI, Curriculum, Teaching and Educational Policy.
M.S.W., 1989, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, Families, Clinical Practice & Research

Influenced by the social company we keep, each person makes sense of his or her experiences, constructing and refining a unique understanding of self and the world. Learning involves acting on the world and interpreting the consequences of our actions within a personally constructed sense-making framework.

Areas of Expertise:

    Relationship between instructional educational policy and practice
    Small scale schooling (small schools movement)
    Rural Education and place-based education
    Alternative Schools
    School choice
    Interdisciplinary curriculum
    Ethnography and qualitative research methods, including teacher narrative and sociolinguistics
    Folklore and education
    Democratic education

Professional Highlights

Honors and Recognition
Chair (elected), Rural Education Special Interest Group of the American Educational Research Association
Present, Associate Professor, Department of Teaching, Learning & Teacher Education, University of Nebraska-Lincoln.1990-1995, Research Assistant, National Center for Research on Teacher Learning, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI.1990-1995, Instructor, Department of Teacher Education, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI.1990-1991, Research Assistant, The Educational Policy and Practice Study, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI.1989-1990, Field Instructor, Multiple Perspectives Teacher Education Program, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI.1986-1987, Teacher, Notre Dame Academy, Staten Island, NY.1985-1986, Teacher, Ascension School, New York, NY.1989-1991, Family and Youth Counselor. Gateway Community Services, East Lansing, MI
President, Nebraska Folklife NetworkAmerican Educational Research AssociationAmerican Anthropological AssociationAmerican Folklore SocietyInstitute for Democracy in Education