Bertram C. Bruce is currently a Professor Emeritus in Information Sciences at the University of Illinois. He holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science (1971) from the University of Texas at Austin and a B.A. in Biology (1968) from Rice University.
His work contributes to a tradition of democratic education. It asks “How can we guide the educational enterprise by an ethical vision, not simply a technocratic one of transmitting isolated facts and skills?” Democratic education implies a democratic process of learning and a goal of developing critical, socially-engaged citizens.
Professor Bruce’s career combines a philosophical perspective with passionate work directly with communities in the US and many other countries throughout the world. He has influenced research across many sub-fields of education, but also in disciplines as varied as computer science, bioengineering, philosophy, writing studies, and community development.
He has done this through books, articles, and especially, mentoring over 100 doctoral students. Perhaps his greatest impact has been in international settings, guiding reforms in education and community work, especially with underrepresented groups. This occurs through extended stays and continuing collaboration in Nepal, Romania, Turkey, Ireland, Haiti, Australia, China, and other countries.
His recent books include Beyond the classroom walls: Imagining the future of education from community schools to communiversities (2022, forthcoming),Thinking with Maps: Understanding the World through Spatialization (2021), Education’s Ecosystems: Learning through Life (2020), Démocratie et éthique sociale (2019), Progressive Education in Nepal: The Community is the Curriculum (2018), International Handbook of Progressive Education (2015), and Youth Community Inquiry: New Media for Community and Personal Growth (2014).
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