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Dr. David E. Purpel Papers

 Collection
Identifier: MSS 0418

Scope and Contents

This Collection documents the personal and professional life of Dr. David E. Purpel as an author, teacher, and mentor. The collection contains drafts of Purpel's articles and books, speeches, university materials, personal papers, research materials, correspondence, consulting materials, photographs, newspaper clippings, and audiovisual materials.

Some of the topics represented are faculty evaluation, Goals 2000, Judaism, hermeneutics, Sacred Heart Schools, moral education, teaching as a profession, and The University of North Carolina at Greensboro Department of Education.

Dates

  • 1968-2009

Creator

Language of Materials

English

Conditions Governing Access:

Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use:

Copyright is retained by the creators of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.

Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information. Please see our Sensitive Materials Statement.

Biographical / Historical

Dr. Purpel was born in Cambridge, MA to immigrant parents. He received a doctorate from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, where he was later the head of the Master of Arts in Teaching program. He joined the UNCG School of Education in 1972 where he served as chair of the Department of Educational Leadership and Cultural Foundations. With colleague James Macdonald, he created the nationally recognized doctoral program in Education and Cultural Studies. In 2001, he received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Educational Research Association.

He was the author of many books and articles stressing the centrality of moral and spiritual concerns in education. His teaching and writing inspired a generation of scholars and teachers to re-envision the purpose of education in our society.

His strong belief in the need for a world of greater justice and compassion was grounded in the Jewish tradition. As he wrote, "Problems surely can and should be ameliorated, suffering and pain reduced, justice and equity increased, peace furthered, violence lessened, meaning strengthened. To accomplish even limited gains is exalting and exhilarating for as the Talmud teaches, 'It is not for us to finish the task - but neither are we free to take no part in it.'"

Administrative History: Dr. David E. Purpel was an educator, administrator, and scholar at the The University of North Carolina at Greensboro from 1972 to 2009.

Purpel was born June 5, 1932 in Cambridge, MA. He went on to receive a Doctorate in Education from the Harvard Graduate School, and served there as head of the Master of Arts in Teaching program. He joined the UNCG School of Education in 1972 where he served as chair of the Department of Educational Leadership and Cultural Foundations. In 2001, he received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Educational Research Association.

Purpel completed a residency at Seattle University and led many workshops at schools accross the country and abroad to share the benefits of incorporating character education in schools.

He, along with his colleague James Macdonald, was a creator of the Education and Cultural Studies doctoral program. He authored and edited many books, including Moral Outrage in Eduation, The Moral and Spiritual Crisis in Education, and Reflections on the Moral and Spiritual Crisis in Education.

Dr. Purpel passed away on April 19, 2010.

Biographical Information:

Dr. Purpel was born in Cambridge, MA to immigrant parents. He received a doctorate from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, where he was later the head of the Master of Arts in Teaching program. He joined the UNCG School of Education in 1972 where he served as chair of the Department of Educational Leadership and Cultural Foundations. With colleague James Macdonald, he created the nationally recognized doctoral program in Education and Cultural Studies. In 2001, he received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Educational Research Association.

He was the author of many books and articles stressing the centrality of moral and spiritual concerns in education. His teaching and writing inspired a generation of scholars and teachers to re-envision the purpose of education in our society.

His strong belief in the need for a world of greater justice and compassion was grounded in the Jewish tradition. As he wrote, "Problems surely can and should be ameliorated, suffering and pain reduced, justice and equity increased, peace furthered, violence lessened, meaning strengthened. To accomplish even limited gains is exalting and exhilarating for as the Talmud teaches, 'It is not for us to finish the task - but neither are we free to take no part in it.'"

Administrative History:

Dr. David E. Purpel was an educator, administrator, and scholar at the The University of North Carolina at Greensboro from 1972 to 2009.

Purpel was born June 5, 1932 in Cambridge, MA. He went on to receive a Doctorate in Education from the Harvard Graduate School, and served there as head of the Master of Arts in Teaching program. He joined the UNCG School of Education in 1972 where he served as chair of the Department of Educational Leadership and Cultural Foundations. In 2001, he received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Educational Research Association.

Purpel completed a residency at Seattle University and led many workshops at schools accross the country and abroad to share the benefits of incorporating character education in schools.

He, along with his colleague James Macdonald, was a creator of the Education and Cultural Studies doctoral program. He authored and edited many books, including Moral Outrage in Eduation, The Moral and Spiritual Crisis in Education, and Reflections on the Moral and Spiritual Crisis in Education.

Dr. Purpel passed away on April 19, 2010.

Extent

5.34 Linear Feet

Overview

Dr. David E. Purpel was an educator, administrator, and scholar at the The University of North Carolina at Greensboro from 1972-2009.

The Dr. David E. Purpel Collection contains articles and books, university materials, personal papers, professional and research materials, correspondence, photographs, newspaper clippings, and audiovisual materials.

Arrangement of Materials:

Collection is arranged in four series: 1. Publications & Writings, 2. University Materials, 3. Subject files and 4. Audiovisual materials. Each series is arranged alphabetically.

Acquisition Information:

Donated by Nancy Gore in January 2012.

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Title
Guide to the Dr. David E. Purpel Papers
Author
Finding Aid Authors: Laura Silva.
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Language of description note
The collection description/finding aid is written in English

Repository Details

Part of the Martha Blakeney Hodges Special Collections and University Archives Repository

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