Cultural Studies of Science Education

, Volume 4, Issue 3, pp 553–558 | Cite as

Learning, knowing and being in the world: postformalism, Einstein, and lessons from a kid named Larry

  • Shirley R. Steinberg
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I describe how Joe Kincheloe experienced learning from a peer during his pre-school life only to see how his friend was unable to succeed at school. Joe’s commitment to empowered cognition was grounded first, by his friend, Larry’s mentorship—teaching him the environmental nuances of the mountains in rural Tennessee, and secondly, the contradiction of schooling being unable to afford learning for Larry. This article discusses how Kincheloe became a scholar, the salience of Einstein’s work with his own, and the evolution of his research and scholarship. Examples of Kincheloe’s work addressed are: postformalism, bricolage, critical theory, and alternative knowledges, and how this work has contributed to science education.


Postformalism Critical theory Bricolage Joe Kincheloe Einstein 


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  2. Kincheloe, J. L., & Steinberg, S. R. (1993). A tentative description of post-formal thinking: The critical confrontation with cognitive theory. Harvard Educational Review, 63(3), 296–320.Google Scholar

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© Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2009

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Integrated Studies in EducationMcGill UniversityMontrealCanada

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