A thoughtful review of my book about the lived experience of ‘being an educator’ appeared in the September 2018 issue of International Journal of Lifelong Education. The review was written by existential psychotherapist Dr Mo Mandić. You can read it HERE.

Endorsements for my book on ‘being an educator’

“Josh’s work offers permissions both to tell our stories and for us to listen to one another’s stories. This is critical as machination take the passion from our teaching practice.” —Professor Paul Gibbs – Professor of Education, University of Middlesex, UK

Josh’s book provides layers of insights into today’s higher education and reveals hidden aspects of teaching and learning.” —Ronald Barnett – Emeritus Professor of Higher Education, University College London, UK

“A highly useful and deeply touching account of how real conversation can contribute to the development of genuine professional relations.” —Nel Noddings – Jacks Professor Emeriti of Child Education, Stanford University, USA

“Josh must be thanked for giving us a carefully wrought study that reminds us of the deeper reasons we do the work we do as educators.” —Dr Steven Hodge – Senior Lecturer in Professional, Vocational and Continuing Education, Griffith University, AU

“Josh engages readers in fascinating conversations about the conversational relation of ‘the experience of educating within higher education.” —Max van Manen – Professor Emeritus, University of Alberta, Canada

Josh’s book not only elevates and celebrates the experiences of educators in university youth work courses, whose status in the academy often renders them invisible, it also seamlessly integrates the phenomenological and existential philosophies of Heidegger and Gadamer as tools to better understand our experiences.” —Ben Anderson-Nathe – Editor of Child & Youth Services, Associate Professor and Program Director of Child, Youth and Family Studies, Portland State University, USA

“Spier’s approach, which sets out to interpret lecturers’ experiential stories, enables him to draw unique connections between teaching approaches and teachers’ lived narratives. This exploration of the ‘dance of education’ reflects the rich and fluid manner in which the educational fabric is woven through meaningful interactions between students and teachers.” —Joëlle Fanghanel – Professor of Higher Education and Pro Vice-Chancellor (Academic), University of West London, UK

“[Josh’s book] reveals common threads in tertiary educators’ experiences, including uncertainty, caring, and the search for new possibilities … As the teaching side of academics’ careers is pushed to the forefront of policy discourse internationally, this book offers a timely and valuable contribution to scholarly understandings of what it means to teach in a university.” —Andrea R. English – Chancellor’s Fellow in Philosophy of Education, University of Edinburgh, Scotland

Drawing on the stories of educators, and his own sensitive and deep interpretations, Josh poetically and practically embraces ‘something in the other’. I would highly recommend this book to all educators as an invitation to stop and listen – differently.” —Professor Nancy J. Moules Co-founder of the Canadian Hermeneutic Institute, and Editor of the Journal of Applied Hermeneutics, University of Calgary, Canada

Josh’s book is a provocative commentary on the experience of education within higher education … Spier calls for radical responsibility of teachers to refine constantly their hermeneutic ear and learn from one another’s histories and life stories.” —Andrzej Wierciński – President and Founder of the International Institute for Hermeneutics, Professor of General Education and Philosophy of Education, Faculty of Education, University of Warsaw, Poland