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Teaching in America: The Slow Revolution


reviewed by Patricia Bonner — 2003

coverTitle: Teaching in America: The Slow Revolution
Author(s): Gerald Grant and Christine E. Murray
Publisher: Harvard University Press, Cambridge
ISBN: 0674007980, Pages: 288, Year: 2002
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Are higher education professors and pre-college teachers members of the same profession? Grant and Murray’s wide-angle and narrowly focused portrayals of K-12 teaching in America help us understand why they represent two different professions even though the members of both groups perform the same fundamental acts of teaching and encounter the same types of questions and challenges.  The primary difference between the two careers emerges from the fact that in the early twentieth century, professors took control of their practice, their teaching and research, and established the rights of tenure and academic freedom while K-12 teachers have been engaged in a slower, less successful, revolution to achieve authority over their work.   That difficulty in attaining similar independence has led to the marked differences in the status and autonomy of the two teaching vocations. Grant and Murray provide a historical, sociological overview of the teaching profession as well as an up-close look at the daily lives of teachers.  Their goals are to narrow the gulf between the professional... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 105 Number 4, 2003, p. 686-689
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 11065, Date Accessed: 10/21/2017 8:16:39 AM

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  • Patricia Bonner
    Azusa Pacific University
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    Patricia Bonner is a professor in the Department of Educational Leadership at Azusa Pacific University. She teaches teaching and learning courses in the Ed.D. program in Educational Leadership. Her research interests are in the professional development of teachers, resiliency in school leaders, and teacher research.
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