Inside Teaching: How Classroom Life Undermines Reform / Edition 1

Inside Teaching: How Classroom Life Undermines Reform / Edition 1

by Mary Kennedy
     
 

ISBN-10: 0674017234

ISBN-13: 9780674017238

Pub. Date: 05/30/2005

Publisher: Harvard University Press

Reform the schools, improve teaching: these battle cries of American education have been echoing for twenty years. So why does teaching change so little?

Arguing that too many would-be reformers know nothing about the conflicting demands of teaching, Mary Kennedy takes us into the controlled commotion of the classroom, revealing how painstakingly teachers

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Reform the schools, improve teaching: these battle cries of American education have been echoing for twenty years. So why does teaching change so little?

Arguing that too many would-be reformers know nothing about the conflicting demands of teaching, Mary Kennedy takes us into the controlled commotion of the classroom, revealing how painstakingly teachers plan their lessons, and how many different ways things go awry. Teachers try simultaneously to keep track of materials, time, students, and ideas. In their effort to hold all of these things together, they can inadvertently quash students' enthusiasm and miss valuable teachable moments.

Kennedy argues that pedagogical reform proposals that do not acknowledge all of the things teachers need to do are bound to fail. If reformers want students to learn, they must address all of the problems teachers face, not just those that interest them.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780674017238
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Publication date:
05/30/2005
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
8.10(w) x 5.90(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

1The mysterious gap between reform ideals and everyday teaching1
2How teachers think about their practices31
3Creating a tranquil environment63
4Managing conversations about content95
5Constructing the day's agenda125
6Sources of problems in teaching157
7Sources of improvements in teaching201
8The problem of reform225

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