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Introduction (The Teacher in the Text)


by Sophie Haroutunian-Gordon — 1989

The essays which make up Section One of this volume draw our attention to teachers who appear in the works of Plato, John Dewey, Charles Dickens, and Charlotte Brontė. Each of the teachers studied here differs dramatically from the others, as does their creator's view of education. And so, these essays arouse in us a succession of queries, worries, puzzlements, and perspectives on the subject of teaching. We find ourselves wondering about such things as the nature of the ideal teacher, the effects of teachers upon students, and the consequences of teaching for the teachers themselves. The power of these essays to provoke our thought derives in part from the fact that they take moving portrayals of educators as their subjects.


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This article originally appeared as NSSE Yearbook Vol 88, No. 1.


Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 90 Number 5, 1989, p. 1-4
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 18925, Date Accessed: 12/14/2017 10:06:41 AM

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  • Sophie Haroutunian-Gordon
    University of Chicago
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    SOPHIE HAROUTUNIAN-GORDON teaches in the Department of Education at the University of Chicago.
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