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Should Adult Educators Imitate the Children They Teach?


by Gregory Lewis Bynum — January 12, 2015

This discussion of the question, "Should adult educators imitate the children they teach?", draws from the ideas of contemporary psychologist Alison Gopnik and twentieth-century educational philosophers John Dewey and Dorothy Dinnerstein. Gopnik and Dewey have discussed ways in which children can be good intellectual role models for adults when it comes to spontaneity, creativity, and openness to new possibilities. Dinnerstein, however, cautions that it is dangerous not to outgrow some childhood attitudes, and particularly childish understandings of gender roles and gender relations that arise from women's domination of early childcare.


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: January 12, 2015
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 17819, Date Accessed: 12/16/2017 5:27:10 PM

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