Maxine Greene

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Maxine Greene
Born December 23, 1917
Brooklyn, New York
Died May 29, 2014(2014-05-29) (aged 96)
Manhattan, New York
Era Contemporary philosophy
Region Western Philosophy
School Continental Philosophy
Main interests
Philosophy of Education
Political Philosophy
Social Justice

Sarah Maxine Greene (née Meyer; December 23, 1917 – May 29, 2014) was an American educational philosopher, author, social activist, and teacher.


American educational philosopher, author, social activist and teacher who valued experiential learning in its "entirety", Maxine Greene influenced thousands of educators to bring the vitality of the arts to teachers and children.[citation needed] For Greene, art provided a conduit to meaning-making, a way of making sense of the world.

Greene graduated from the Berkeley Institute in 1934, earned a B.A. from Barnard College, Columbia University in 1938, and earned her PhD. (1955) and M.A. (1949) from New York University. She taught at New York University, Montclair State College and Brooklyn College. In 1965, she joined the faculty at Teachers College, Columbia University.[1]

In 1973 she was one of the signers of the Humanist Manifesto II.[2] As Philosopher-in-Residence of Lincoln Center Institute for the Arts in Education from 1976 to 2012, Greene conducted workshops (especially in literature as art) and lectures at LCI's summer sessions.[3]

In 2003, she founded the Maxine Greene Foundation for Social Imagination, the Arts, and Education.[4] The foundation supports the creation and appreciation of works that embody fresh social visions. Its goal is "to generate inquiry, imagination and the creation of art works by diverse people."[5] Grants of up to $10,000 are awarded to educators and artists.

In 2005, she inspired the creation for the High School of Arts, Imagination and Inquiry[6] in association with LCI and New Visions for Public Schools.[7][8] The school encourages students to expand their imaginative capacities in the arts and other subject areas.

Greene was past President of the American Educational Research Association (AERA), Philosophy of Education Society, American Educational Studies Association (AESA), and the Middle Atlantic States Philosophy of Education Society.

She died in 2014, aged 96.[9][10]

Awards and honors[edit]

She was the recipient of honorary degrees in the Humanities from Lehigh University, Hofstra University, the University of Colorado at Denver, Indiana University, Goddard College, Bank Street College, Nazareth College (Rochester, New York), McGill University, College Misericordia, and Binghamton University.

She was awarded the Medal of Honor from Teachers College and Barnard College; Educator of the Year Award from Phi Delta Kappa; the Scholarly Achievement Award from Barnard College; AERA's Lifetime Achievement Award; and received a Fulbright Program fellowship, which took her to New Zealand.

In 2004, the Teachers College Trustees created the Maxine Greene Chair for Distinguished Contributions to Education.



Selected contributions to edited volumes[edit]

  • "Introduction: Teaching for Social Justice", In: William Ayers, Jean Ann Hunt, and Therese Quinn. Teaching for Social Justice: A Democracy and Education Reader. New Press (1998)
  • "Forward", In: John Dewey, How We Think. Houghton Mifflin (1998).
  • "Forward", In: Linda Lambert, Deborah Walker, Diane P. Zimmerman, and Joanne E. Cooper. The Constructivist Leader. Teachers College Press (2002).[15]
  • "Feminism, Philosophy, and Education: Imagining Public Spaces", In: Nigel Blake et al. The Blackwell Guide to the Philosophy of Education. Blackwell (2003), p. 73-92.
  • "Foreword", In: Colin Lankshear and Peter L. McLaren. Critical Literacy: Politics, Praxis, and the Postmodern. State University of New York (1993), p. ix-xi.
  • "An Autobiographical Remembrance", In: William F. Pinar. The Passionate Mind of Maxine Greene 'I am ... not yet'. Falmer Press (1998), p. 8-11.

Selected articles[edit]

  • "Imaginary Gardens with Real Toads in Them': The Literary Experience and Educational Philosophy." Philosophy of Education, vol. 19 (1963), p. 170-192.
  • "Toward Wide-Awakeness: An Argument for the Arts and Humanities in Education." Teachers College Record, vol. 79, no. 1 (1977), p. 119-125.
  • "In Search of a Critical Pedagogy." Harvard Educational Review (1986), p. 427-441.
  • "The Spaces of Aesthetic Education." Journal of Aesthetic Education, vol. 20 (1986), p. 56-62.

Talks, lectures and other work[edit]

  • Arts and the Search for Social Justice (Lecture at The Maxine Greene Foundation for Social Imagination, The Arts & Education, 2003)
  • Active Learning and Aesthetic Encounters (Talks at the Lincoln Center Institute, National Center for Reconstructing Education, Schools and Teaching, 1994)
  • Education, Freedom and Possibility (Russell Lecture, 1975)
  • Educational Research and National Policy Keynote Address: Jubilee Week, August 3, 1982. The Ohio State University College of Education.
  • Lending the Work your Life: A Celebration with Maxine Greene (Lincoln Center Institute, 2006)[16]
  • Naturalist-humanism in eighteenth century England: An Essay in the Sociology of Knowledge (Thesis, 1956)
  • A Teacher Talks to Teachers: Perspectives on the Lincoln Center Institute (Lincoln Center Institute, 1980)

Work on Maxine Greene[edit]

  • William Ayers & Janet L. Miller. A Light in Dark Times: Maxine Greene and the Unfinished Conversation. (Teachers College Press, 1997)[17]
  • William F. Pinar. The Passionate Mind of Maxine Greene 'I am ... not yet'. (Falmer Press, 1998)
  • John Baldacchino. Education beyond Education: Self and the Imaginary in Maxine Greene's Philosophy. (Peter Lang, 2008).

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