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Stirring the Chalkdust: Tales of Teachers Changing Classroom Practice


reviewed by Miriam Ben-Peretz 1999

coverTitle: Stirring the Chalkdust: Tales of Teachers Changing Classroom Practice
Author(s): Patricia A. Wasley
Publisher: Teachers College Press, New York
ISBN: 0807734209, Pages: 231, Year: 1994
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"Teaching is not easily transformed, nor is the transformation process something that one completes." (Wasley, 1994, p. 202) This book is a joy to read because of the enchanting stories of caring teachers who dare to change their teaching in productive ways. Though completely naturalistic and genuine in her documentation of school change, Wasley succeeds in portraying a positive and hopeful picture of transformed educa­tional practice. What do we know about the practice of teaching? Despite many decades of research on teaching and thousands of years of actual experience our under-standing of the practice of teaching is still limited. Brown and Mclntyre (1993) argue that in order to improve education an understanding of the nature of teaching must be a priority: "In particular there is an urgent need to know more about what teachers do well in classrooms and about how they do those things" (p. 1). Years ago Schwab (1970) admonished educators and researchers that a practical program in the improvement of education necessitates an extensive pattern of... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 101 Number 1, 1999, p. 140-143
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 10692, Date Accessed: 10/22/2017 9:34:04 AM

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