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Teaching and its predicament / David K. Cohen.

Teaching and its predicament / David K. Cohen.
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Record Number 14934
ISBN 9780674051102 (alk. paper)
Location 371.1 COH
Author Cohen, David K., 1934-
Title Teaching and its predicament / David K. Cohen. [BOOK]
Published Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 2011.
Collation xi, 234 p. : 22 cm.
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Note Improve teaching -- Human improvement -- Teaching and the practice of teaching -- The social resources of teaching -- Knowledge and teaching -- Instructional discourse -- Teachers' acquaintance with students' knowledge -- Improve teaching
Summary Note "David Cohen shows why the ambitious teaching that offers students real intellectual challenge is always praised and yet so seldom achieved in America. Expertise is not enough: teachers need empathy, persistence, familiarity with their students, and back-up from their colleagues and the community. Since teachers can succeed only if the students succeed, they always face a dilemma: less ambitious goals and thus easier success, or more ambitious goals with greater change of failure (and student resistance)? Cohen argues that attempts at teaching reform fail because disappointing student achievement is invariably blamed on individual schools and teachers, instead of a fragmented system without broadly shared standards, skills and resources. If American teaching is weak, it's because every teacher is asked to reinvent teaching every day. Teaching and its predicaments offers a startling new understanding of our problems and points the way to solution." - Milbrey McLaughlin, Stanford University - Back cover.
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