The mission of CEPress is to advance the community of practice for those whose work aligns with the ideas, dispositions, and practices of the pedagogical approach Critical Exploration in the Classroom (Duckworth, 2006). The working members of CEPress research, document, and support the practice of CEC and related practices in the following ways:

  • create and disseminate mission-related curriculum materials;
  • undertake and disseminate mission-related research;
  • develop professional workshops on the ground and online;
  • observe, document, and reflect upon educational practice;
  • articulate and theorize connections and divergences between CEC and other pedagogical forms, in dialogue with others;
  • represent and advocate for the work of CEC and related practices within a broad array of professional settings;
  • connect community members with each other through social media and publications;
  • publish the related work of community members both online and in print form;
  • archive mission-related historic resources and make them available to others.

In CEC, teachers develop rich, complex learning environments anchored by curricular materials that challenge learners to explore on their own terms and to construct increasingly sensitive understandings in collaboration with their peers. In the process, learners come to rely on their own increasingly competent and informed judgement rather than on the authority of others.

The teacher works to investigate the developing understandings of the learners and to position those understandings in relationship to shared phenomena of study. Future pedagogical materials are selected based upon the questions and issues that have arisen through learners’ explorations of the original materials provided.

The experience of critical exploration creates a learning community within which both teacher and students are encouraged to attend to, respect, and seek to learn from unfolding ideas and questions -- their own and others.'

(This work was formerly known as Extended Clinical Interviewing and Teaching/Learning Research.)