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Higher Education and the Practice of Hope


  • Written collaboratively by an academic and administrator, offering perspectives connecting theory and practice

  • Discusses and critiques specific policies and structures in higher education

  • Offers guidelines for engaging with the process of rethinking a university through the authors’ practice of hope


Part of the Rethinking Higher Education book series (RHE)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Jeanne Marie Iorio, Clifton S. Tanabe
    Pages 1-11
  3. Jeanne Marie Iorio, Clifton S. Tanabe
    Pages 13-33
  4. Jeanne Marie Iorio, Clifton S. Tanabe
    Pages 35-54
  5. Jeanne Marie Iorio, Clifton S. Tanabe
    Pages 55-84
  6. Jeanne Marie Iorio, Clifton S. Tanabe
    Pages 85-102
  7. Jeanne Marie Iorio, Clifton S. Tanabe
    Pages 103-119
  8. Jeanne Marie Iorio, Clifton S. Tanabe
    Pages 121-127

About this book


This book examines the restructuring of universities on the basis of neoliberal models, and provides a vision of the practice of hope in higher education as a means to counteract this new reality. The authors present a re-imagined version of Jonathan Swift’s “A Modest Proposal” to highlight the absurdity of policy trends and decisions within higher education and shock people out of indifference towards action. The authors suggest the ‘practice of hope’ as a way to create a system that moves beyond neoliberalism and embraces equity as commonplace. Providing real-world possibilities of the practice of hope, the book offers possibilities of what could happen if neoliberalism at the higher education level is counteracted by the practice of hope.


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Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Melbourne Graduate School of EducationThe University of MelbourneMelbourneAustralia
  2. 2.College of EducationThe University of Texas at El PasoEl PasoUSA

About the authors

Jeanne Marie Iorio is a Senior Lecturer at Victoria University, Melbourne. Prior to moving to Australia, she worked as an Assistant and Associate Professor at the University of Hawaii-West Oahu. While completing her doctorate at Teachers College, Columbia University, she began disrupting and rethinking accepted early childhood practices and this continues to inform her research, teaching, and writing. Her research interests include qualitative research methodologies, neoliberalism in higher education, pedagogies engaging with place, and the power of viewing children as capable. Her publications, co-edited with Will Parnell, include Meaning-Making in Early Childhood: Pedagogy and the Personal; Disrupting Early Childhood Education Research: Imagining New Possibilities; and Rethinking Readiness in Early Childhood Education: Implications for Policy and Practice.

Clifton S. Tanabe currently is the Dean of the College of Education at the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP), and is a Professor in the Department Educational Leadership and Foundations at UTEP. Previously, he served as Chief of Staff-Executive Assistant to the Chancellor of the University of Hawaii at Mānoa, and held the positions of Associate Professor in the College of Education and Lecturer in Law in the William S. Richardson School of Law also at UH Mānoa. He was also the Director of the Leaders for the Next Generation Program, Co-Director of the Hawaii Education Policy Center also at UH Mānoa, and is the founder and former Co-Director of the Research Center for Cultural Diversity and Community Renewal at the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse. Dr. Tanabe holds a Ph.D in Educational Policy Studies and a law degree, both from the University of Wisconsin – Madison. His scholarly interests include higher and K-12 education law and policy, educational and political philosophy, education access and social mobility.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Higher Education and the Practice of Hope
  • Authors Jeanne Marie Iorio
    Clifton S. Tanabe
  • Series Title Rethinking Higher Education
  • Series Abbreviated Title Rethinking high. Education
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd. 2019
  • Publisher Name Springer, Singapore
  • eBook Packages Education Education (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-981-13-8644-2
  • Softcover ISBN 978-981-13-8647-3
  • eBook ISBN 978-981-13-8645-9
  • Series ISSN 2662-1479
  • Series E-ISSN 2662-1487
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XIII, 127
  • Number of Illustrations 4 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Higher Education
    Educational Policy and Politics
    Administration, Organization and Leadership
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