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Teaching and Its Predicaments

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Ever since Socrates, teaching has been a difficult and even dangerous profession. Why is good teaching such hard work?

In this provocative, witty, and sometimes rueful book, David K. Cohen writes about the predicaments that teachers face. Like therapists, social workers, and pastors, teachers embark on a mission of human improvement. They aim to deepen knowledge, broaden understanding, sharpen skills, and change behavior. One predicament is that no matter how great their expertise, teachers depend on the cooperation and intelligence of their students, yet there is much that students do not know. To teach responsibly, teachers must cultivate a kind of mental double vision: distancing themselves from their own knowledge to understand students' thinking, yet using their knowledge to guide their teaching. Another predicament is that although attention to students' thinking improves the chances of learning, it also increases the uncertainty and complexity of the job.

The circumstances in which teachers and students work make a difference. Teachers and students are better able to manage these predicaments if they have resources--common curricula, intelligent assessments, and teacher education tied to both--that support responsible teaching. Yet for most of U.S. history those resources have been in short supply, and many current accountability policies are little help. With a keen eye for the moment-to-moment challenges, Cohen explores what "responsible teaching" can be, the kind of mind reading it seems to demand, and the complex social resources it requires.

Synopsis:

Since Socrates, teaching has been a difficult and even dangerous profession. Why is teaching such hard work? In this provocative, witty, sometimes rueful book, Cohen writes about the predicaments that teachers face and explores what responsible teaching can be. He focuses on the kind of mind reading teaching demands and the resources it requires.

About the Author

David K. Cohen is John Dewey Collegiate Professor of Education and Professor of Public Policy at the University of Michigan.

University of Michigan

Product Details

ISBN:
9780674051102
Author:
Cohen, David K.
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Location:
Cambridge
Subject:
Teaching Methods & Materials - General
Subject:
Education-Classroom Resources
Subject:
EDUCATION / Educational Policy & Reform / General
Subject:
EDUCATION / Student Life & Student Affairs
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Cloth
Publication Date:
20110831
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
11 tables
Pages:
248
Dimensions:
8 x 6 in

Related Subjects

Education » Classroom Resources
Education » General
Education » School Reform and Controversy
History and Social Science » World History » General

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"Synopsis" by , Since Socrates, teaching has been a difficult and even dangerous profession. Why is teaching such hard work? In this provocative, witty, sometimes rueful book, Cohen writes about the predicaments that teachers face and explores what responsible teaching can be. He focuses on the kind of mind reading teaching demands and the resources it requires.

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