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Reclaiming Passion in Educational Practice: Teaching, Learning and Loving


reviewed by Sharon Hobbs 2004

coverTitle: Reclaiming Passion in Educational Practice: Teaching, Learning and Loving
Author(s): D. Liston and J. Garrison (Editors)
Publisher: Routledge/Falmer, New York
ISBN: 0415945143, Pages: 224, Year: 2003
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During the first class period of my “Society, Schools, and Teachers” course each semester, I ask my freshmen students to fill out a brief information sheet that ends with this question: “What is the most important reason you want to be a teacher?” I watch as the students get to this part of the information sheet. Some students know exactly what they want to say; others stare off into space, sigh, write and erase, and generally struggle with their response. And each semester the responses are remarkably similar. The single most frequent response has something to do with love: “I love kids.” “I love to help children learn.” “I love the feeling of making a difference in my students’ lives.” After a class period where we discuss the students’ responses, it is clear that some students use “love” in the same way they might say they love hotdogs or baseball. For others, however, “love” captures their sense of the importance... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 106 Number 12, 2004, p. 2375-2378
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 11342, Date Accessed: 12/17/2017 8:47:07 AM

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  • Sharon Hobbs
    Montana State University-Billings
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    SHARON HOBBS is an associate professor in the Department of Educational Theory & Practice at Montana State University-Billings where she teaches campus and online courses in philosophical, sociological, and legal issues in education. Her most recent research focuses on the role of community in online teacher education cohorts.
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