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Education for Thinking


reviewed by Gardner Dunnan 2006

coverTitle: Education for Thinking
Author(s): Deanna Kuhn
Publisher: Harvard University Press, Cambridge
ISBN: 0674019067, Pages: 199, Year: 2005
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Periodically, a book comes along that shapes our thinking about education in a profoundly transforming way.  Dewey’s Democracy and Education (1916),  Bruner’s Toward a Theory of Instruction (1966), Silberman’s Crises in the Classroom: The Remaking of American Education (1970),  A Nation at Risk (1983) by the National Commission on Excellence in Education,  Gardner’s Frames of Mind: The Theory of Multiple Intelligences (1983), and Sizer’s Horace’s Compromise (1984) come to mind.  It will be a wonderful contribution to American education if Education for Thinking joins this elite group of publications that make a difference for our children and our profession.  Every parent, educator, and public policy maker will benefit from reading Professor Kuhn’s succinct and thought-provoking book. The book begins with a brief overview of various perspectives on the purposes of education.  Professor Kuhn discusses the arguments for “educating to instill knowledge," “to develop skills,” “for selection,” and “educating for citizenship”  She... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 108 Number 8, 2006, p. 1610-1613
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 12281, Date Accessed: 10/23/2017 1:15:18 PM

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    The School at Columbia University
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    GARDNER DUNNAN is Gardner Dunnan Associate Provost at Columbia University and Founder and Head of The School at Columbia University.
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