Reading Notes - Looking for Home: A Phenomenological Study of Home in the Classroom by Carollyne Sinclaire

Looking for Home: A Phenomenological Study of Home in the Classroom
Carollyne Sinclaire

Was referred to this book (a published version of her dissertatation) via Stephen Smith. First of all, it is an amazing piece of phenomenological research. Second, it is an interesting and compelling story. Finally, it has some great resources (see below). To help spur my memory - the Contents and References (of note).

Sinclaire, C. (1994). Looking for Home: A Phenomenological Study of Home in the Classroom. Albany, NY: State University of New York Press.


1. Looking for Home
--Souvenir from home
--The call of home
--Searching for home
--Getting back home

2. Being at Home with Each Other
--My home
--Creating a home for a child
--Home is finding our self
--Waiting for an answer
--Memories of childhood
--Connections to childhood create a home n the classroom for children

3. The Classroom - A Home for Exploration
--The atmosphere of home
--Being in each other’s company
--What I learn from the children
--Exploring and expanding our home
--What the children learn from me

4. Becoming at Home in the World
--Making a home for all
--Creating their own home

5. The Stances of Teaching
--Leading and following the children home
--Standing up for a child
--Standing side by side with a parent
--Getting closer to understanding
--Helping a child stand up for herself

6. Commemoration and Celebration
--Commemorating a life story
--Celebrating a new life
--Home at last

Key References

Banks, Lynne Reid. (1980). The Indian in the cupboard. New York: Avon.

Bollnow, Otto F. (1961). “Lived-Space.” Philosophy Today. 5, Spring 1961, pp. 31-39.

Bollnow, Otto F. (1971). “Risk and failure in education.” Modern Philosophics Education. ed. Strain, John Paul. New York: Random House.

Bollnow, Otto F. (1982). “On Silence - Findings of Philosophico-Pedagogical Anthropology.” Universitas, 1, pp. 41-47.

Bollnow, Otto F. (1989). “Ceremonies and Festive Celebrations in the School.” Phenomenology & Pedagogy, 7, pp. 41-47.

Bollnow, Otto F. (1989). “The Pedagogical Atmosphere.” Phenomenology & Pedagogy, 7, pp. 5-11.

Bollnow, Otto F. (1989). “The pedagogical atmosphere: The Perspective of the Child.” Phenomenology & Pedagogy, 7, pp. 12-36.

Bollnow, Otto F. (1989). “The pedagogical atmosphere: The Perspective of the Educator.” Phenomenology & Pedagogy, 7, pp. 37-63.

Coles, Robert. (1989). The Call of Stories: Teaching and the Moral Imagination. Boston: Houghton Mifflin COmpany.

Langeveld, M. J. (November 8, 1974). “Personal help for children growing up.” W.B. Curry Lecture Papers. UNiversity of Exeter.

Rogers, Carl. (1969). Freedom to Learn. New York: Macmillan Publishing Company.

Shaw, Stephen (1990). “Returning Home.” Phenomenology & Pedagogy, 8. pp. 224-236.

van Manen, Max. (1982) “Phenomenological Pedagogy.” Curriculum Inquiry, OISE, John Wiley & Sons, Inc. 12:3, pp. 283-299.

van Manen, Max. (1984). “Practicing Phenomenological WRiting.” Phenomenology & Pedagogy, 2, pp. 36-69.

van Manen, Max. (1986). The Tone of Teaching. Richmond Hill, Ontario: Scholastic Canada Ltd.

van Manen, Max. (1989). “By the light of anecdote.” Phenomenology and pedagogy, 7, pp. 232-253.

van Manen, Max. (1990). Researching Lived Experience: HUman Science for an Action-Sensitive Pedagogy. London, Ontario: Althouse PRess.

van Manen, Max. (1991). The Tact of Teaching: The Meaning of Pedagogical Thoughtfulness. Albany, New York: SUNY PRess.

Wilde, Oscar. (1989). The Selfish Giant. New York: Simon & Schuster.

Winning, Anne. (1990). “Homesickness.” Phenomenology & Pedagogy, 8, pp. 245-257.


  1. carollyne sinclaireNovember 24, 2012 at 9:13 PM

    Thanks for your positive feedback.


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