MacArthur Fellows Program

Eliot Wigginton

Educator | Class of 1989

Rabun Gap, Georgia
54 at time of award
Area of Focus
Education and Training

Eliot Wigginton is an educator who has developed educational methods and practices that encourage students to observe, evaluate, and write about their own culture.

His belief that creativity is inherent in all students is reflected in his teaching methods.  Wigginton also trains teachers around the nation to use a style of instruction in their classrooms that is collaborative, problem-solving, democratic, and project-based.  Foxfire magazine, a quarterly publication devoted to Appalachian history and culture, was started in 1966 by Wigginton and his ninth- and tenth-grade English students at Rabun County High School in Georgia.  Articles from the magazine make up the contents of the ten-volume series of Foxfire books.  The royalties from this series support the work of Foxfire Fund, Inc., a non-profit educational corporation that Wigginton founded in 1968 to support a teacher-outreach program.

In addition to his work with the Fox Fire Fund, Wigginton taught writing at Keiser College in Tallahassee, Florida.  

Wigginton received an A.B. (1965) and an M.A. (1966) from Cornell University, and an M.A. (1969) from The Johns Hopkins University.

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