Grinell Smith, PhD

Grinell Smith 

Professor, Teacher Education


Grinell’s work is guided by a deep commitment to care ethics. He seeks to improve the quality of K-12 education by helping teachers move beyond current narrow conceptions of the purpose of schooling and toward progressive ideals that foster ecological, social, and cultural sustainability.

Education

  • Ph.D., Curriculum and Instruction, University of Alabama
  • M.S., Physical Organic Chemistry, Georgetown University
  • B.S., Chemistry, Auburn University

Recent Publications

  • Smith, Grinell & Rabin, C. (2018). Get the Mexican: Attending to the Moral Work of Teaching in Fraught Times. Schools: Studies in Education, (15(1), 98-121.

  • Grinell, S. & Rabin, C. (2013). Modern education: A tragedy of the commons. Journal of Curriculum Studies, 45(6), 748-767.

  • Grinell, S., & Rabin, C. (2017). Caring Enough to Teach Science: Helping Pre-Service Teachers View Science Instruction as an Ethical Responsibility. Science & Education, 26(7-9), 813-839.

  • Watson, M., Daly, L., Smith, G., and Rabin, C. (2019) Building a Classroom Community that Supports Students’ Social/Moral Development. Teacher Education Quarterly.

  • Rabin, C., & Smith, G. (2017). Social studies from a care ethics perspective in an elementary classroom. Social Studies Research and Practice, 12(3), 325-340.

Recent Presentations

  • Smith, G. & Rabin, C. (2019). Addressing the Climate Change Consensus Gap among Preservice Teachers: A Four Faceted Approach. American Educational Research Association (AERA) Conference, April 4 – 9 2019, Toronto, Ontario.

  • Rabin, C. & Smith, G. (2019). Co-Teaching Relationships: What Gets in the Way of Caring Teacher-to Teacher Relationships from a Care Ethics Perspective. American Educational Research Association (AERA) Conference, April 4 – 9 2019, Toronto, Ontario.

  • Rabin, C. & Smith, G. (2018). Co-Teaching Relationships from a Care Ethics Perspective. Academy for Educational Studies (AEC) Critical Questions in Education Conference, October 28 – 30, Kansas City, Missouri.

  • Smith, G. (2018). What Traits of Civility and Civility Practices should Teachers, students, and others model in Schools, Classrooms, and Communities? Academy for Educational Studies (AEC) Critical Questions in Education Conference, October 28 – 30, Kansas City, Missouri.

  • Smith, G. & Rabin, C. (2018). Teacher Education Program Redesign: Maintaining a Focus on Social Justice in an Increasingly Challenging Context. American Educational Research Association (AERA), April 13 – 17, New York, NY.

  • Smith, G. & Rabin, C. (2018). Teacher Preparation: Where Dreams Go to Die. Academy for Educational Studies (AEC) Critical Questions in Education Conference, March 5 – 7, Portland, OR.

  • Rabin, C. & Smith, G. (2018). Dilemmas and Vignettes: Helping Teachers Find a Way Home from School. Academy for Educational Studies (AEC) Critical Questions in Education Conference, March 5 – 7, Portland, OR.

Areas of Research Interest

  • Care ethics
  • Classroom management
  • Developmental discipline
  • K-8 science instruction
  • Sustainability

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