Sophie Haroutunian-Gordon

Sophie Haroutunian-Gordon

Professor Emeritus , Education and Social Policy

618 Garrett Place
Room 204
Evanston, IL 60208-4135
Phone: (847) 467-1999
Fax: (847) 467-2495
Office Hours: By appt.


Sophie Haroutunian-Gordon began her teaching career in the Glencoe, Illinois, schools, where she taught sixth grade for five years. After leaving the faculty of the department of education at the University of Chicago in 1991, she came to Northwestern University to direct the Master of Science in Education Program. She has published in the fields of psychology, philosophy of education and teacher education. Her second book, Turning the Soul: Teaching Through Conversation in the High School, received an American Educational Studies Association Critics Choice Award in 1994. Her latest book, Learning to Teach Through Discussion: The Art of Turning the Soul, was published by Yale University Press in August 2009, and has been favorably reviewed. Haroutunian-Gordon is a past president of the Philosophy of Education Society (2003).



Year Degree Institution
1976 PhD, Philosophy of Education University of Chicago
1966 MA, Curriculum and Instruction University of Wisconsin-Madison
1965 BA, Music, Religion/Philosophy Cornell College

Selected Publications

Sophie Haroutunian-Gordon (August, 2009). Learning to Teach Through Discussion: The Art of Turning the Soul. Yale University Press.

Haroutunian-Gordon, S. (September, 2007). Cultivating Questions: A Focus for Schooling in the Twenty-First Century. Yale Press.

Haroutunian-Gordon, Sophie (April, 2005). In Search of Music of Something Else? A Response to 'the Domain of Didactology as a Field of Theory and Research in Music Education,' by Fred Nielsen. Philosophy of Music Education Review 13: 95-98.

Haroutunian-Gordon, Sophie (November, 2004). Listening--in a Democratic Society. Schools: A Journal for Inquiry into the Subject Experience of School Life: Vol. 1, Issue 2.

Haroutunian-Gordon, S. (1998). How does thinking proceed? A study of thinking patterns in interpretive discussion. Educational Theory.

Haroutunian-Gordon, Sophie (1994). Plato and Education in n/a, The International Encyclopedia of Education n/a.

Haroutunian-Gordon, Sophie (1993). Reflections on a Dialogue with Ken Benne. Educational Theory.

Haroutunian-Gordon, Sophie (April, 1992). Soul in Garrison, J.W. and Rud, A.G., Gaps: Ideals Missing from the Educational Conversation SUNY Press.

Haroutunian-Gordon, S. (1991). Turning the Soul: teaching through conversation in the high school. University of Chicago Press.

Jackson, P.W. & Haroutunian-Gordon, S (1989). From Socrates to Software: The Teacher as the Text; The Text as Teacher. University of Chicago Press.

Haroutunian, S. (1983). Equilibrium in the balance: A study of psychological explanation in Brainerd, C.J., Springer Series in Cognitive Development Springer-Verlag.

Selected Presentations

Sophie Haroutunian-Gordon (April, 2004). Case Study: Listening in an Interpretive Discussion. American Educational Research Association, Annual Meeting. Montreal, Canada.

Sophie Haroutunian-Gordon (January, 2004). Growing Tolerant through Dialogue: The Role of LIstening. Teachers College, Columbia University. New York, NY.

Sophie Haroutunian-Gordon (April, 1998). Teaching in an Ill-Structured Situation. AERA Annual Meeting. New Orleans, LA.

Sophie Haroutunian-Gordon (April, 1998). Talking Heads. AERA Annual Meeting. New Orleans, LA.

Sophie Haroutunian-Gordon (November, 1991). Turning the Soul: Teaching through Conversation in the High School. Essential Schools Coalition. Chicago, IL.

Sophie Haroutunian-Gordon (November, 1990). Turning the Soul: The Role of the Teacher. University of Alberta.

Sophie Haroutunian-Gordon with K. Benne (April, 1990). Turning the Soul: Teaching through Conversation. Annual Meeting, Philosophy of Education Society. Miami, FL.

Sophie Haroutunian-Gordon (April, 1989). Learning as Recollection: Plato, Proust, and J.S. Bach. Annual Meting of the Philosophy of Education Scoiety. San Antonio, TX.

Sophie Haroutunian-Gordon (January, 1989). Learning as Recollection: Its Consequences for Teaching. Presented at a converence honoring the life and work of Joseph sittler. Chicago, IL.

Sophie Haroutunian-Gordon (April, 1988). Dialogue with Plato. AERA Annual Meeting. New Orleans, LA.

Sophie Haroutunian (March, 1984). Is Psychology a Unified Science?. Boston Colloquium for the Philosophy of Science. Boston, MA.

Research Interests

Philosophy of education, teacher education, interpretive discussion, philosophy of psychology.



HDSP 451

Topics: Problems in the Philosophy of Education cross listed TEACHED 313, MSED 413

MS_ED 413

Problems in the Philosophy of Education Problems in the Philosophy of Education is a course in which students will read and discuss classical and modern philosophies of education using close text interpretation, analysis of ideas, and argument construction. Texts include Plato's Republic, Jean-Jaques Rousseau's Emile, John Dewey's Democracy and Education, and Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics. Ideas raised in the philosophical texts are applied to educational issues, and help students develop and articulate their own personal philosophies of education. Course participants will take part in and lead class discussions. The class is open to juniors and seniors (who should register for TEACH_ED 313), as well as to graduate students (who should register for MS_ED 413). Students from disciplines other than education are welcome.

MS_ED 430

Seminar on Interpretive Discussion


Problems in the Philosophy of Education Classical and modern philosophies of education. Text interpretation, analysis of ideas, argument construction; relationship of philosophy to educational issues. Students develop their own philosophy of education.

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