The Foxfire Approach

Inspiration for Classrooms and Beyond

  • Hilton Smith
  • J. Cynthia McDermott

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. J. Cynthia Mcdermott, Hilton Smith
    Pages 1-9
  3. Barry Stiles
    Pages 11-12
  4. George Reynolds
    Pages 13-17
  5. Gregory A. Smith
    Pages 19-30
  6. Clifford E. Knapp
    Pages 31-43
  7. Lacy Hunter Nix
    Pages 45-51
  8. Joy Phillips
    Pages 53-55
  9. Sara Alice Tucker
    Pages 57-64
  10. Katie Lunsford
    Pages 65-72
  11. Sara G. Lam
    Pages 73-82
  12. Jan Buley
    Pages 83-91
  13. Kiel Harell
    Pages 101-113
  14. Janet E. Rechtman
    Pages 115-120
  15. J. Cynthia Mcdermott
    Pages 129-131
  16. Frank Margonis
    Pages 133-142
  17. Steven R. Williams, Wilma Hutcheson-Williams
    Pages 143-154
  18. George Wood
    Pages 155-157
  19. Back Matter
    Pages 159-161

About this book


"This collection of essays by Foxfire practitioners represents the wide range of adaptations by educators of the pedagogical orientation of the Foxfire Magazine and Foxfire Programs for Teachers. Former students in the magazine class at Rabun County High School share the continuing impact of that experience on their lives, including a former student who is pioneering the magazine project with her sixth grade class. An early childhood teacher make a passionate, articulate case for instruction guided by the Foxfire Core Practices. And a former school administrator shares his experiences as guidance to current school administrators in enabling then supporting teachers to implement instruction guided by Foxfire’s Core Practices.

Participants in Foxfire’s Program for Teachers, from early childhood teachers to college professors, describe their adaptations of the Foxfire Approach for instruction at all grade levels, all subjects and all demographics – including how they coped with the challenges they faced. One practitioner describes how she used the Core Practices to design instruction in rural China. We have an engaging essay focused on our summer courses for teachers, based on extensive observations and interview of participants attending those courses.

Several essays explore the pedagogical roots of the Foxfire Approach, as well as its value in providing instruction today which engages the students in the content and results in durable learning.

Readers can read straight through the book, beginning with a short historical introductory essay, or skip around to topics of interest to assemble an informed assessment of the potential of the Foxfire Approach.


Democratic classroom, Active engagement Durable learning Engaging communities Core Practices

Editors and affiliations

  • Hilton Smith
    • 1
  • J. Cynthia McDermott
    • 2
  1. 1.Piedmont CollegeDemorestUSA
  2. 2.Antioch University Los AngelesUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information SensePublishers-Rotterdam, The Netherlands 2016
  • Publisher Name SensePublishers, Rotterdam
  • eBook Packages Education
  • Online ISBN 978-94-6300-564-7
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