David Har­vey


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David Har­vey has been teach­ing for 24 years, and his ini­tial mo­ti­va­tion to be­come an ed­u­ca­tor stemmed from the idea that it seemed the most di­rect route for ef­fect­ing so­cial change. “Later I re­al­ized I truly en­joyed help­ing young peo­ple ne­go­ti­ate the in­tel­lec­tual and so­cial chal­lenges of find­ing a pas­sion and pur­su­ing it,” he says. Har­vey’s day is spent vis­it­ing class­rooms and ob­serv­ing stu­dents learn­ing and pro­vid­ing teach­ers with feed­back on their teach­ing prac­tice. He also teaches a Grade 12 phi­los­o­phy class daily. Har­vey had the op­por­tu­nity to work as an Ed­u­ca­tional Con­sul­tant through The Cana­dian In­ter­na­tional De­vel­op­ment Agency (CIDA) in Amman, Jor­dan with a team of Cana­dian ed­u­ca­tors. “We were tasked with as­sist­ing the Jor­da­nian Min­istry in its ef­forts to train su­per­in­ten­dents and di­rec­tors in a new na­tional frame­work for cur­ricu­lum de­vel­op­ment. Work­ing at an in­ter­na­tional level in a cul­ture that was new to me was a very mem­o­rable and worth­while ex­pe­ri­ence,” he re­counts.

“Ped­a­gog­i­cally, I am a con­struc­tivist and a close fol­lower of Amer­i­can prag­ma­tists like Dewey and Rorty. As such, I be­lieve that what stands as "Ed­u­ca­tional Truth" is al­ways evolv­ing and trans­form­ing to meet the needs of changes in the broader so­ci­ety.”

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