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The Education Mirage: How Teachers Succeed and Why the System Fails


reviewed by Amy Vetter 2006

coverTitle: The Education Mirage: How Teachers Succeed and Why the System Fails
Author(s): Ira Winn
Publisher: iUniverse, New York
ISBN: 0595291422, Pages: 169, Year: 2005
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Over the last century educators’ views about knowledge and coming to know have changed from a belief that knowledge is transmitted or handed over to students to a belief that “knowledge is constructed and reconstructed between participants in specific situations” (Wells, 2001, p. 180).  This complex view of learning processes proposes that people learn through actively solving problems rather than passively receiving information.  In The Education Mirage: How Teachers Succeed and Why the System Fails, Professor Ira Winn adds to this debate by arguing that many educators continue to base their teaching on “misperceptions and false assumptions about how students receive information and learn,” which he refers to as “the mirage of teaching and learning” (p. 3).  From a teacher’s perspective, he discusses how these misperceptions influence the current state of education and proposes reforms for public schools in the United States. The book is organized into two parts, which address... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 108 Number 8, 2006, p. 1711-1714
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 12280, Date Accessed: 10/23/2017 10:13:41 PM

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  • Amy Vetter
    University of Texas at Austin
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    AMY VETTER is a Ph.D candidate in Curriculum and Instruction at The University of Texas at Austin. She is currently working on her dissertation Creating Spaces: Negotiating Identities through Talk in an Urban High School Classroom. Her areas of interest include language and literacy, literacy and identity, discourse analysis, and secondary education.
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