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Eleanor R. Duckworth

Professor of Education, Emerita

Eleanor R. Duckworth

Degree:  Ph.D., Université de Genève, (1977)
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A former student and translator of Jean Piaget, Eleanor Duckworth grounds her work in Piaget and Inhelder's insights into the nature and development of understanding and in their research method, which she has developed as a teaching/research approach, Critical Exploration in the Classroom. She seeks to bring a Freirean approach to any classroom, valuing the learners' experience and insights. Her interest is in the experiences of teaching and learning of people of all ages, both in and out of schools. Duckworth is a former elementary school teacher and has worked in curriculum development, teacher education, and program evaluation in the United States, Europe, Latin America, Africa, Asia, and her native Canada. She is a coordinator for Cambridge United for Justice with Peace, and is a performing modern dancer.

Areas of Expertise

Doctor of the University, Honoris Causa, University of Ottawa,(1993)

American Educational Research Association Award,(1987)

American Educational Research Association Award for outstanding research contribution in the areas of teaching and teacher education,(1987)

Doctor of Humane Letters, Honoris Causa, Lesley College,(1977)

Doctor of Humane Letters, Honoris Causa, Lesley College,(1977)


"The Having of Wonderful Ideas" and Other Essays on Teaching and Learning, third edition [Spanish translation, Madrid, 1988; Portuguese translation, Lisbon, 1991; Korean translation, Seoul, 2000; Chinese translation, Shanghai, 2006.]

"Tell Me More": Listening to Learners Explain, (2001).

Teacher to Teacher: Learning from Each Other , (1997).

"The Having of Wonderful Ideas" and Other Essays on Teaching and Learning, second edition, (1996).

Science Education: A Minds-On Approach for the Elementary Years , (1990).


Board Member, The Center for Collaborative Education

Contributing Editor, Cambridge United for Justice with Peace

Editorial Board, Journal of Mathematical Behavior

Member, McGill Journal of Education

Member, American Educational Research Association

Modern Dancer, North Dakota Study Group, with Prometheus Dance, Danny McCusker, Lise Brody, Margie Gillis

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