Michael Bowman is a historian of education and a teacher educator who focuses on the ways educational policies and practices intersect with urban and regional planning to create “places of learning.”
His dissertation, Learning Place: Education and Planning in Seattle and the Pacific Northwest, 1934-1955 (University of Washington, 2015), examines federal New Deal housing and planning policies that sought to construct new places– new urban neighborhoods, new suburban and rural garden cities, and entirely new economic and ecological regions– in what was considered by planners to be an underdeveloped area of the country. The case illuminates the critical role that education played in both justifying state intervention in economic and regional development and in promoting a vision of the Pacific Northwest as economically, socially, and racially progressive.
As a teacher educator, Bowman coordinates the social foundations coursework in ISU’s elementary teacher education program. With Associate Professor Isaac Gottesman, he has written about the need for a “place-conscious approach” to teacher education that helps teachers critically examine the contextual forces (ideas, structures, and processes) that shape local classrooms, schools, and communities. In addition, working with colleagues at the University of Washington and UCLA, Bowman has examined programmatic efforts to prepare “community teachers” by forging relationships with community-based organizations, educational activists, and community mentors.
Before academia, Bowman worked alongside a number of extraordinary educators– both inside and outside formal school settings– to develop local history and literacy curriculum.
Ph.D. Social and Cultural Foundations of Education, University of Washington, Seattle, 2015
Zeichner, K., Bowman, M., Guillen, L. & Napolitan, K. (2016). Engaging and working in solidarity with local communities in preparing the teachers of their children. Journal of Teacher Education, doi:10.1177/0022487116660623
Beadie, N., Williamson-Lott, J., Bowman, M., Frizell, T., Guzman, G., Hyun, J., Johnson, J., Nicholas, K., Phillips, L., Wellington, R., and Yoshida, L. (2016). Gateways to the West, Part I: Education in the shaping of the West. History of Education Quarterly56: 418–444. doi:10.1111/hoeq.12209
Gottesman, I. & Bowman, M. (2016). The significance of geographic and programmatic context in developing historical case studies in social foundations in teacher education. History of Education Quarterly 56: 172-181. doi: 10.1111/hoeq.12159