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Willard Waller's "Sociology of Common Sense": A Tribute at Sixty-Six

by Randy Michael-Testa - 1998

Two years before the millennium, I take a close look at Waller’s classic text to see how well it holds up and what it offers first-time readers of educational sociology today. In this review, I locate Waller’s work within the social psychology of W. I. Thomas, place it against the backdrop of the American pragmatists, and pay attention to Waller’s keen interest in the works of Sigmund and Anna Freud. I argue that The Sociology of Teaching: (1) offers a fresh, trenchant discussion of the teacher’s psyche and the inner experience of teaching; (2) makes a strong case that teacher-education programs should help beginning teachers understand how they are being socialized into the profession; (3) stands as a prototype for what is meant today by “arts-based qualitative research," and (4) offers a rich compendium of projects whereby beginning students of school ethnography might become better educated themselves. In this essay review, I pay tribute to The Sociology of Teaching, an American educational original and its colorfully iconoclastic author.

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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 99 Number 4, 1998, p. 758-778
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 10288, Date Accessed: 7/8/2020 6:02:51 PM

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