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Education for a Caring Society: Classroom Relationships and Moral Action


reviewed by Barbara S. Stengel May 10, 2007

coverTitle: Education for a Caring Society: Classroom Relationships and Moral Action
Author(s): D. Kay Johnston
Publisher: Teachers College Press, New York
ISBN: 0807747181 , Pages: 98, Year: 2006
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D. Kay Johnston's slim volume Education for a Caring Society: Classroom Relationships and Moral Action is both just right and not quite right. It very nicely provides a "missing chapter" to Jackson, Boostrom and Hansen's (1998) classic qualitative study of The Moral Life of Schools, as I will explain below. However, it also offers only a truncated version of her topic because Johnston does not frame her inquiry in the reality that classroom relationships are triadic, that they always involve some subject matter as a "third" that mediates the link between persons in relation. I will return to these two claims later in this review. First, let's sketch out just what Johnston is up to. Johnston begins with a self-proclaimed interest in education as a vehicle for social justice and societal transformation (p. xi), and then expresses her commitment to shed light on relationships in schools, student-student as well as teacher-student.... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: May 10, 2007
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 14480, Date Accessed: 11/17/2017 2:39:26 PM

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  • Barbara Stengel
    Millersville University
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    BARBARA STENGEL is a Professor of Educational Foundations at Millersville University (PA). She is the author (with Alan Tom) of Moral Matters: Five Ways to Develop the Moral Life of Schools. Her current work focuses on the concept of pedagogical responsibility and on fear as a facet of educational interaction.
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