John I. Goodlad (born August 19, 1920 in North Vancouver, British Columbia) is an educational researcher and theorist who has published influential models for renewing schools and teacher education. Goodlad's most recent book, In Praise of Education (1997), defines education as a fundamental right in democratic societies, essential to developing individual and collective democratic intelligence. Goodlad has designed and promoted several educational reform programs, and has conducted major studies of educational change. Books he has authored or co-authored include The Moral Dimensions of Teaching, Places Where Teachers Are Taught, Teachers for Our Nation's Schools, and Educational Renewal: Better Teachers, Better Schools.
Goodlad has published over 30 books, 80 book chapters, and more than 200 journal articles. His best known book, A Place Called School (1984), received the Outstanding Book of the Year Award from the American Educational Research Association and the Distinguished Book of the Year Award from Kappa Delta Pi. He is a past president of the American Educational Research Association and, in 1993, received that organization's Award for Distinguished Contributions to Educational Research.
Goodlad was born in 1920, Canada, where he attended graduate school and taught in a one-room rural school in British Columbia. In 1949, he earned a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago. Goodlad has previously been on the faculty at Emory University, University of Chicago, University of California at Los Angeles. Currently he is professor emeritus of education and co-director of the Center for Educational Renewal at the University of Washington.
- Ohles, Frederik (1997). Biographical Dictionary of Modern American Educators. Westport,CT: Greenwood Press. p. 136.
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