Principles and Methods of Secondary Education

Principles and Methods of Secondary Education

Principles and Methods of Secondary Education

Principles and Methods of Secondary Education

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Principles and Methods of Secondary Education is intended primarily for use in Catholic colleges preparing students for teaching in both public and Catholic secondary schools and in Religious houses of study preparing sisters and brothers for teaching in Catholic high schools. It should also prove to be of considerable value to in-service teachers, both lay and Religious.

It would seem that there is a great need for this textbook. To date there is none in its field which offers the Catholic dimension. Indeed most textbooks from which Catholic college students have studied embody a Materialistic philosophy, and thus have not only failed to present them with the Catholic dimension but actually have attacked it. This book attempts to provide a thorough integration of Catholic doctrine with sound pedagogical theory and practice. Catholic teaching is shot through every phase of it. The best of Catholic sources, classic as well as contemporary, are used not only in separate treatments of public and Catholic high schools but also in a consideration of the common problems confronting both. Proper attention is devoted to the problems and issues in Catholic secondary schools, since a portion of the students using this book (especially the Religious) will teach in Catholic institutions. Also it is hoped that such a treatment will motivate more of the students in our Catholic colleges to teach in Catholic high schools. The need for lay teachers in Catholic high schools will increase sharply in the next decade.

However, this book is not narrowly Catholic. To provide maximum breadth and depth it also includes contributions from non-Catholic educational theory and practice. All truth is from the Holy Spirit, and no book can be Catholic if it is not catholic. The student, if he is to become a superior teacher, must possess the total view. Furthermore, this textbook offers the student more than a superficial analysis of the problems, issues, and practices in secondary education. It endeavors constantly to relate both principles and methods to their philosophical, theological, psychological, and sociological bases. The documentation of statements aims to be thorough so that the student will be able to probe even more deeply what he is studying.

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