At Whitfield, we define scholarship as the pursuit, creation and application of knowledge and understanding. We embrace scholarship as one of the six Habits of Mind and Heart cultivated to prepare our students for success in college and life beyond. In doing so, we teach students to be curious, to understand, to draw connections and conclusions. We teach them how to learn, rather than how to memorize. We also lead by example and relish opportunities to celebrate the scholastic achievements of faculty and staff.
We are pleased to announce that our own Dr. Adam Attwood, social studies teacher and sponsor of the Model United Nations Club, has achieved the distinction of published author! This September, Palgrave Macmillan published his book, titled “Social Aesthetics and the School Environment: A Case Study of the Chivalric Ethos.”
Of researching and authoring his text, Attwood shares, “I see myself as a scholar-practitioner.” “For me, scholarship informs my practice and my practice informs my scholarship. Keeping myself always very aware of the day to day realities of being a classroom teacher is important for me as I talk about really high theory concepts.”
In addition to writing the book, Attwood conceived the cover design. “The cover of the book is a photo of one of my original acrylic on canvas paintings, ‘Contrast Knight.’”
The book—a research monograph based on a study he conducted between 2013 and 2015— examines the history of the chivalric ethos and how education works in maintaining or modifying certain perceptions in popular consciousness. The chivalric ethos was the first case study of his theory. The primary audiences are: educational philosophers, anthropologists, professors of teacher education and educational theory, and advanced graduate students in education.
Prior to joining Whitfield, Attwood was a teacher-educator at Washington State University, where he became interested in the history and the philosophy of how ostensibly anachronistic cultural artifacts continue across time and place. “I developed a new social theory called ‘archeophisomorphic theory’ as a way to explain how anachronistic or ostensibly anachronistic social concepts—chivalry in this case study—persist as artefacts across time and place and then people later on, seemingly disconnected from its origins, have roughly the same perception of that very concept that seems anachronistic.”
Attwood’s hope is that this book can be helpful and inspiring.