Curriculum vitae


Bertram (Chip) Bruce 
Professor Emeritus
Information Sciences
University of Illinois


I’m a teacher, curriculum developer, and concerned citizen, with a commitment to community and learning through inquiry. My background includes a PhD in computer science, positions in industry and several universities, a Fulbright Distinguished Chair at the National College of Ireland, and in the last few years, work on progressive education in Nepal.

My current research is an inquiry into democratic education: How can we guide education by an ecological, humanistic, and ethical vision, one which connects mind and body?

This implies having opportunities to learn, a respect for diversity, and a democratic process of learning. It further implies the development of learning environments––schools, universities, libraries, museums, community centers, workplaces, nature parks, online spaces, and so on––which are themselves democratic.

Nurturing individual growth for all is essential; inseparable from the goal of developing critical, socially-engaged citizens; and ultimately necessary for democratic life.

See my list of books. My latest is

Beyond the classroom walls: Imagining the future of education, from community schools to communiversities

This book asks readers to adopt a critical and comprehensive view of education (pre-K to lifelong learning) as existing both within classroom walls, and in the surrounding world, including communities and workplaces. It presents an integrated view of online learning, community schools, communiversities, and learning through work.

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