Episode 174: Three Approaches to Framing Critical Inquiries with Mark Hlavacik

In episode 174, Michael chats with Mark Hlavacik… and Dan about their new publication in Theory & Research in Social Education titled, “Deliberation can wait: How civic litigation makes inquiry critical,” along with three approaches to framing critical inquiries.


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Books, Articles and Other Amazing Resources

  1. Hlavacik, M., & Krutka, D. G. (2021). Deliberation can wait: How civic litigation makes inquiry critical. Theory & Research in Social Education, 49(3), 418-448.
  2. This has nothing to do with anything, but here’s the Loki TVA poster Dan has in his office.
  3. American Indian Removal: What Does It Mean to Remove a People? lesson from Native Knowledge 360° of the National Museum of the American Indian
  4. Hlavacik, M. (2016). Assigning Blame: The Rhetoric of Education Reform. Harvard Education Press.
  5. Crowley, R. M., & King, L. J. (2018). Making inquiry critical: Examining power and inequity in the classroom. Social Education, 82(1), 14–17.
  6. Dan mentioned the Zinn Education Project’s lesson The People vs. Columbus, et al. as an example of civic litigation
  7. Counternarration sources:
    1. Solórzano, D. G., & Yosso, T. J. (2002). Critical race methodology: Counter-storytelling as an analytical framework for education research. Qualitative Inquiry, 8(1), 23–44.
    2. Episode 152: Critical pedagogy for democratic citizenship with Melissa Gibson
    3. Gibson, M. (2020). From deliberation to counter-narration: Toward a critical pedagogy for democratic citizenship. Theory & Research in Social Education, 48(3), 431-454.
  8. The Case for Reparations” (2014) by Ta-Nehisi Coates in The Atlantic
  9. Mark and Dan are also doing a webinar for NCSS on January 25th at 4pm EST titled, “Asking Inquiry Questions for Justice


Mark Hlavacik is Associate Professor of Rhetoric at the University of North Texas. His research examines the ethics and tactics of public argument with a concern for their effects on public policy, civic culture, and civic education. Dr. Hlavacik has published scholarship on the rhetoric of education reform, social movements, the presidency, and civic education. Find more on his UNT page.


We would like to thank Zack Seitz of Wylie High School (TX) and the University of North Texas for his editing skills.

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