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Theodore Burghard Hurt Brameld (1904-1987) was a leading educational philosopher of the 20th century. Developing, teaching, and refining his reconstructionist philosophy of education during a career which spanned more than 40 years, he was termed a "prophet father of the coming world" by historian W. Warren Wagar.
Influenced by the educational philosophy of John Dewey, Brameld advocated that schools be a driving force for social and political change. This philosophical position often thrust Brameld into spirited debate with traditionalists who believed that the role of education is to preserve and transmit fixed cultural values.
Theodore Brameld received his Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Chicago in 1931. He taught at numerous colleges and universities including: Long Island University (1931-1935), Adephi College (1935-1938), University of Minnesota (1939-1941), New York University (1947-1958), and Boston University (1958-1970). He authored more than a dozen books as well as several hundred journal articles and book reviews. Brameld books include:
Ends and Means in Education - A Mid-century Appraisal . New York:
Harper and Brothers, 1950.
Patterns of Educational Philosophy - A Democratic Interpretation. New York: World Books Co., 1955.
Philosophies of Education in Cultural Perspective. New York: Holt, Rhinehart, Winston, 1955.
Toward a Reconstructed Philosophy of Education. New York: Holt, Rhinehart, Winston, 1956.
Cultural Foundations of Education- An Interdisciplinary Exploration. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1957..
Education and the Emerging Age- Newer Ends Stronger Means. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1961
Education as Power. New York: Holt, Rhinehart, Winston, 1965.
The Use of Explosive Ideas in Education- Culture, Class, and Evolution. Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press, 1965.
The Climactic Decades- Mandate to Education. New York: Praeger, 1970.
Patterns of Educational Philosophy- Divergence and Convergence in Culturological Perspective. New York: Holt, Rhinehart, WInston, 1971.
The Teacher as World Citizen - A Scenario of the 21st Century. Palm Springs, CA: ETC Publications, 1976.
In the late 1960's a group of Professor Brameld's students established the Society for Educational Reconstruction (SER), a professional organization that continues to further ideas of personal, social and cultural transformation.
In recognition of his contributions to educational thought and action, Brameld received an honorary doctoral degree from the University of Vermont in 1976. I 1998 the Theodore Brameld Papers were donated to Special Collections of the Bailey Howe Library, University of Vermont by Dr. Brameld's widow, Midori Matsuyama Brameld Kiso.
The Brameld Papers are currently being organized for scholarly research. They include professional and family correspondence, photographs, manuscripts, newspaper clippings, journal articles, audio tapes, books, and also materials relating to the founding of the Society for Educational Reconstruction. The Papers span the mid 1920s to the mid 1980s and are expected to be ready for research use by Fall of 2000. However, they may be viewed prior to that time by special arrangement with Sally Y. Conrad, (802) 658-1047.