Daniel Schugurensky was born and raised in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where he attended the Escuela Urquiza in Flores and the Colegio Nacional de Buenos Aires. After finishing high school, he travelled and worked for a year in several countries. Upon his return to Argentina, he began studies at the...
Daniel Schugurensky was born and raised in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where he attended the Escuela Urquiza in Flores and the Colegio Nacional de Buenos Aires. After finishing high school, he travelled and worked for a year in several countries. Upon his return to Argentina, he began studies at the Escuela Normal Superior Estanislao Zeballos (to become a teacher) and at the Universidad de Buenos Aires (to become an educational researcher), while working part-time. He interrupted those activities in 1978, when he moved to Mexico, where he would live for a decade. During the first two years in Mexico, he worked producing audiovisual materials for elementary and secondary school, and completed a two-year diploma in educational communication and media production at the Instituto Latinoamericano de la Comunicacion Educativa (ILCE-UNESCO). He subsequently completed a bachelor's degree in education at the Universidad Nacional AutÛnoma de México (UNAM). His bachelor's thesis, supervised by Patricia Ducoing and entitled EducaciÛn B·sica para Adultos: An·lisis de su SituaciÛn Actual y Apuntes para su RedefiniciÛn, analyzed the mismatch between policy formulation and curriculum implementation in adult education, discussed the factors propelling and inhibiting reform, and proposed a model for a diversified curriculum in adult basic education, with Mexico as a case study.
In Mexico, Schugurensky had the opportunity of working on a variety of educational projects for governmental, non-governmental and international organizations. Among those institutions are the Centro de Estudios Educativos (an educational research center founded by Pablo Latapi, where he had the fortune to learn from talented scholars such as Sylvia Schmelkes and Carlos MuÒoz Izquierdo) and CREFAL (Centro Regional para la Educacion Fundamental y la Alfabetizacion en America Latina), a Latin American and Caribbean center for adult education based in P·tzcuaro, Michoac·n, that was founded in the early 1950s after the Fourth Unesco Conference. Among other things, he was involved in a project to on alternative education models in small and isolated rural communities, and co-directed a research project to reformulate the curriculum of adult basic education in Mexico (see article in Revista de EducaciÛn de Adultos 1, 1985). He also co-authored the book Nezahualpilli: EducaciÛn preescolar comunitaria (Centro de Estudios Educativos, 1986), co-edited the book EducaciÛn b·sica para adultos: experiencias y prospectiva en México (CREFAL, 1987), and authored two textbooks on community development: El Problema del Desarrollo (Apuntes del Promotor 1) and IntroducciÛn al mundo de la promociÛn social (Apuntes del Promotor 2), both published in 1987. During that period, Schugurensky also undertook research and teaching in other Latin American countries, including Nicaragua, El Salvador, Argentina and Brazil.
In 1987, Schugurensky moved to Canada, where he pursued a master's degree at the University of Alberta and participated in a comparative study of adult education public policies in Canada, Mexico and Tanzania. His master's thesis, supervised by Carlos A. Torres, was entitled State ideology, public policy and adult education in Canada and Mexico, and included interviews with policy-makers, educators and learners. Immediately after defending the master's thesis, he continued into the Ph.D. Program. His doctoral dissertation, supervised by Raj Pannu, was entitled Global economic restructuring and university change: The case of Universidad de Buenos Aires. The study, based on over 60 in-depth interviews with a variety of university actors (all professors, students and alumni representatives to the University Council, as well as government policy-makers, business leaders, student leaders and university authorities), argued that public universities were experiencing a transition towards a heteronomous model.
In 1995 he moved to Los Angeles, California to work at the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA), where he held a joint appointment as visiting professor at the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies, and as research associate at the Latin American Center. At UCLA, Schugurensky was involved in a comparative research on the relationships between teachers' unions and the state in six countries.
In 1998 he joined the University of Toronto, where he is associate professor in the Adult Education and Community Development program (located in the Department of Adult Education and Counselling Psychology, at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education) and associate director of the Centre for Urban and Community Studies. He lives in Toronto with his wife Laurie and their two children, Alejandro and Ana. He enjoys practicing sports (especially football, known in Canada as 'soccer'), gardening, volunteering in a variety of community groups, and of course, raising the children with Laurie!