E26: The Tumultuous History of Active Learning: A conversation with Martin Bickman

Written by Dr. Matt Bateman on July 5, 2022

This week, we are joined by Professor Martin Bickman of the University of Colorado Boulder to discuss the American tradition of "active learning" and its relationship to John Dewey and the Transcendentalist movement.

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Professor Bickman specializes in American literature, composition, rhetoric, and pedagogy. Bickman has described his interest in student-centered education and participatory democracy in education in a recent autobiographical article, “Returning to Community and Praxis”. Bickman is also the author of the award-winning book, Minding American Education. You can learn more about Professor Bickman's work here.

Dr. Matt Bateman

Dr. Matt Bateman earned his Ph.D. in Philosophy in 2012 from the University of Pennsylvania. He taught and continued his research at Franklin and Marshall College in the Department of Psychology, on topics ranging from neuroscience to evolutionary theory to philosophy, before joining the LePort Schools as Director of Curriculum and Pedagogy in 2014.

In 2016, Dr. Matt Bateman became a founding member of Higher Ground Education. He is now Vice President of Pedagogy for Higher Ground and the Executive Director of Montessorium.