Reflective Thinking: The Method of Education

Reflective Thinking: The Method of Education

Reflective Thinking: The Method of Education

Reflective Thinking: The Method of Education

Excerpt

To paraphrase Mark Twain, everybody talks about teaching students to think, but nobody does much about it. This book is an exception. Its authors have dealt directly and effectively with the paramount responsibility of the teacher in a free society: the development of citizens who are committed to and skilled in the process of thinking—independently and reflectively. The soundness of scholarship; the depth of insight into the teachinglearning processes; the clarity with which ideas, concepts, premises, and illustrations are presented; the readable and thought-provoking, yet nontechnical, style—all combine to make Reflective Thinking a valuable guide to genuine excellence in teaching. Not only will it be of interest to teachers, supervisors, and administrators; it should appeal to more knowledgeable citizens who are currently stealing hours from their busy lives in order to discover, through study, ways in which our schools and colleges may be strengthened.

Many will be surprised to realize that this, in fact, is a book on philosophy of education, intended as a text or resource book for prospective teachers and those in service. Rarely do textbooks in any field enjoy such a lively and personal, as well as an interesting, presentation. The "thinking" approach employed in the book itself gives the reader the feeling that he is participating in the discussion directly with the authors. In spite of the ease with which the arguments may be followed, the contents are nevertheless rooted in sound, and frequently complex, educational facts and refined hypotheses. The authors have skillfully bridged the gap between pedagogical theory and practice which often plagues . . .

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