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Herbert M. Kliebard – 2000

EdD, Teachers College, Columbia University; M.A., City College of New York

Professor Emeritus in the School of Education at the University of Wisconsin–Madison

Author of: Changing Course: American Curriculum Reform in the Twentieth Century (2002); Schooled to Work: Vocationalism and the American Curriculum, 1876–1946 (1999); The Struggle for the American Curriculum: 1893–1958 (1986); Religion and Education in America: A Documentary History (1969)

Herbert M. Kliebard (1930–2015), Professor Emeritus in the School of Education at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, was known as a ground-breaking scholar in curriculum planning and the history of education, and on the educational reformer John Dewey.

After receiving his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from City College of New York, Kliebard held teaching positions in English and reading in public schools as well as served in the U.S. Army Medical Corps. Upon earning his doctorate, he joined the faculty of the University of Wisconsin–Madison in the departments of Curriculum and Instruction and Educational Policy Studies in 1963. He never fully retired, and was professor emeritus in the School of Education until the time of his death.

Among Kliebard’s major awards were a distinguished faculty award from UW, a distinguished alumnus award from Teacher's College, the Outstanding Achievement Award from the John Dewey Society, and a lifetime achievement award from American Educational Research Association.

Kliebard was the author of numerous books and articles, the most celebrated of which was The Struggle for the American Curriculum, first published in 1995 and currently in its third edition. Kliebard enjoyed photography and collecting old postcards of the campus and the Madison area. He was invited to the Laureate chapter in 2000.
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