Michael Apple

Michael Apple

Michael W. Apple (born 1942) is a leading critical educational theorist, recognized for numerous books and scholarly interests, which center on education and power, cultural politics, curriculum theory and research, critical teaching, and the development of democratic schools.

He is currently the John Bascom Professor of Curriculum and Instruction and Educational Policy Studies, at the University of Wisconsin–Madison School of Education, where he has taught since 1970. Before completing his Ed.D. at Teachers College, Columbia University, Apple taught in elementary and secondary schools in New Jersey, where he grew up, as well as served as the president of his teachers union. For more than three decades Apple has worked with educators, unions, dissident groups, and governments throughout the world on democratizing educational policy and practice.


Selected works:

  • Global Crises, Social Justice, and Education. New York: Routledge, 2010.
  • The Routledge International Handbook of Sociology of Education. New York: Routledge, 2010.
  • The Routledge International Handbook of Critical Education. New York: Routledge, 2009.
  • Educating the "right" way: Markets, standards, God, and inequality. 2nd edition. New York: Routledge, 2006.
  • Ideology and curriculum. 25th anniversary 3rd edition. New York: Routledge, 2004.
  • The State and politics of education. New York: Routledge, 2003.
  • Official knowledge: Democratic knowledge in a conservative age. New York: Routledge, 2000.
  • Cultural politics and education. New York: Teachers College Press, 1996.
  • Democratic schools. Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, 1995. With James A. Beane.
  • Education and power. 2nd edition. New York: Routledge, 1995.

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