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Sophie Haroutunian-Gordon

Sophie Haroutunian-Gordon

  • Professor Emeritus, Education and Social Policy

Research Interests

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


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).


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

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.