Eleanor Blair

Eleanor J. Blair received her Ph.D. from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.  She has been a faculty member at Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, North Carolina for 25 years.  She teaches foundations of education courses in assessment, teacher leadership and history/philosophy of education.  A frequent presenter at regional, national and international conferences, she has authored chapters and essays in numerous books and journals.  Additionally, she is the editor of five readers: Thinking about Schools:  A Foundations of Education Reader (2011), Teacher Leadership:  The “new” Foundation of Education (2011, 2016), The Social Foundations Reader:  Critical Essays on Teaching, Learning and Leading in the 21st Century (co-edited with Yolanda Medina) (2016) and By the light of the silvery moon:  Teacher moonlighting and the dark side of teachers’ work (2018).  Her work utilizes qualitative methodologies and critical pedagogical frameworks to explore cross-cultural issues in teaching, learning and leading in contemporary schools.

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