The Wisdom of Practice: Essays on Teaching, Learning, and Learning to Teach / Edition 1

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Lee Shulman has been president of the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching since 1997. He is a former president of the American Educational Research Association as well as past president of the National Academy of Education. In this first volume of a landmark two volume collection of Shulman's most important work, he addresses such compelling questions as What are the most effective approaches to teaching? How important is knowledge of subject matter to a teacher's success? And, how do we measure success in teaching and learning?

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"Educators and others interested in education will find The Wisdom of Practice a very worthwhile addition to their professional reading." (CHOICE; 11/1/20004; Vol. 42, No. 3)

"Abiding insights into the strengths and weaknesses of the educational system...make for a sober and welcome contribution to educational reference shelves." (The Midwest Book Review, 5/1/2004)

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Meet the Author

Lee S. Shulman has been president of the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching since 1997. From 1963 to 1982, Shulman was professor of educational psychology and medical education at Michigan State University. From 1982 to 2000, he was on the faculty at Stanford University.   He is a former president of the American Educational Research Association (AERA) as well as a past president of the National Academy of Education. Shulman has received the AERA's career award for Distinguished Contributions to Educational Research as well as the American Psychological Association's E. L. Thorndike Award for Distinguished Psychological Contributions to Education. A Guggenheim Fellow and a Fellow of the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, he was also elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2002.

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Table of Contents


About the Author.


Foreword (Pat Hutchings, The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching).

Introduction (Suzanne M. Wilson, Michigan State University).

1. Reconstruction of Educational Research.

2. Psychology and Mathematics Education.

3. The Psychology of School Subjects: A Premature Obituary?

4. Autonomy and Obligation: The Remote Control of Teaching.

5. The Practical and the Eclectic: A Deliberation on Teaching and Educational Research.

6. Those Who Understand: Knowledge Growth in Teaching.

7. Knowledge and Teaching: Foundations of the New Reform.

8. The Wisdom of Practice: Managing Complexity in Medicine and Teaching.

9. Disciplines of Inquiry in Education: A New Overview.

10. Teaching Alone, Learning Together: Needed Agendas for the New Reforms.

11. The Paradox of Teacher Assessment.

12. A Union of Insufficiencies: Strategies for Teacher Assessment in a Period of Educational Reform.

13. Research on Teaching: A Historical and Personal Perspective.

14. Teacher Portfolios: A Theoretical Activity.

15. Aristotle Had It Right: On Knowledge and Pedagogy.

16. Joseph Jackson Schwab (1909–1988).

17. Calm Seas, Auspicious Gales.

18. Teaching as Community Property: Putting an End to Pedagogical Solitude.

19. Just in Case: Reflections on Learning from Experience.

20. Communities of Learners and Communities of Teachers.

21. Professional Development: Learning from Experience.

22. Theory, Practice, and the Education of Professionals.

23. Professing the Liberal Arts.


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  • Posted April 2, 2013

    Shulman's anthology is an amazing read. Written in beautiful pro

    Shulman's anthology is an amazing read. Written in beautiful prose and enriched with simple phrases of explanation, this text is a must read for the well read. For the casual reader who is not well read Shulman will prove to be difficult--unless you are willing to invest the time to read the necessary background texts. In either event, you will find Shulman one of the best reads of your professional life.  

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