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Educational Metamorphoses: Philosophical Reflections on Identity and Culture


reviewed by Gabriel Moran October 19, 2007

coverTitle: Educational Metamorphoses: Philosophical Reflections on Identity and Culture
Author(s): Jane Roland Martin
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield, Lanham
ISBN: 074254673X, Pages: 171, Year: 2007
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Educational Metamorphoses by Jane Roland Martin is an imaginative and engaging book.  The author intends the book to be a challenge to some of the basic assumptions in educational literature. That is nothing new for this author. For the last three decades, Martin has been writing books and essays that have challenged those assumptions. What is new here is that she uses a dazzling array of stories to make her points. She reveals in the Introduction that she has been gathering these stories since 1970.           Martin begins by listing a cast of twenty-two characters. She could have included a few others who make cameo appearances. About a half dozen of the characters she lists have starring roles that provide continuity across the chapters of the book. She says that the stories are from “histories, memoirs, autobiographies, dramas, novels, and television documentaries” (p. 3).          The book and its title are inspired... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: October 19, 2007
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 14669, Date Accessed: 12/16/2017 11:26:34 PM

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  • Gabriel Moran
    New York University
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    GABRIEL MORAN is a professor in the Department of Humanities and the Social Sciences, New York University. He is the author of twenty books on education, community and religion, including Showing How: The Act of Teaching and A Grammar of Responsibility; his most recent book is Fashioning a People Today (Twenty-Third Publications, 2007).
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