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Approaches to Teaching


reviewed by Alan Tom 1987

coverTitle: Approaches to Teaching
Author(s): Gary Fenstermacher, Jonas F. Soltis
Publisher: Teachers College Press, New York
ISBN: 0807738093, Pages: , Year: 1998
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In Approaches to Teaching, Gary Fenstermacher and Jonas Soltis take on the ambitious task of distinguishing conceptually three approaches to teaching, identifying the key characteristics and philosophical underpinnings of each approach, outlining the strengths and weaknesses of each approach, and, most difficult of all, helping the reader either make a choice among the three or decide how to integrate them. In my view, Fenstermacher and Soltis do a fine job of developing the nature of the three approaches, but I believe that their advice on choicemaking/integrating is preliminary and incomplete. What are the three approaches to teaching? Fenstermacher and Soltis contend that it is possible to distinguish three mutually exclusive conceptions of what teaching is and should be: the executive approach, the therapist approach, and the liberationist approach. These conceptions, which the authors argue are not immutable but rather are human inventions, are claimed to play “an important part in how... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 89 Number 2, 1987, p. 329-332
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 556, Date Accessed: 10/18/2017 1:52:01 AM

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