New education policy book co-authored by Concordia-Chicago faculty member wins prestigious award

Getting to Where We Meant to Be: Working Toward the Educational World We Imagine/d has been awarded the American Educational Studies Association (AESA) Critics Choice Book Award for 2018. The book, written by Pamela J. Konkol, professor of foundations and social policy at Concordia-Chicago, and Patricia H. Hinchey, was published by Myers Education Press.

Konkol and Hinchey explore the question: given such good intentions among education professionals, how is it that things in schools can go so very wrong? The problem, the authors posit, is that unspoken and misleading assumptions result in choices, decisions and policies with disastrous consequences for kids. Konkol and Hinchey unpack the embedded assumptions that affect how schools address goals, curriculum, education for citizenship, discipline, and school reform. The book prompts readers to question what is commonly taken for granted in pursuit of a better alignment between intentions and outcomes.

Getting to Where We Meant to Be is intended to be an essential text for the study of contemporary public education at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Preservice and inservice teachers, administrators, and other education personnel can use the questions that follow each chapter to guide analysis of the educational practices at work within their specific educational contexts. The book also provides a list of suggested readings, websites and videos for further exploration of current thinking on educational transformation.

Pamela J. Konkol is a professor of educational foundations, social policy, and research and the founding director of the Center for Policy Studies and Social Justice at Concordia University Chicago. She currently serves as an Executive Officer for the American Educational Studies Association. She holds a PhD in Policy Studies in Urban Education, an MEd in Curriculum Studies from the University of Illinois at Chicago, and a BS in Communication/Cultural Studies and Women’s Studies from Northwestern University.

Patricia H. Hinchey is professor emerita of education at Penn State, where she taught a wide variety of undergraduate and graduate courses and frequently conducted professional development workshops for both K-12 and higher education educators. She is also a Fellow with the National Education Policy Center at the University of Colorado, Boulder. She is author or co-author of six texts, editor or co-editor of several more, and she has also published numerous journal articles.

Titles regarded as outstanding books that may be of interest to those in educational studies are selected annually by the American Educational Studies Association (AESA). The award serves to recognize and increase awareness of recent scholarship deemed to be outstanding in its field.

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