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Learning and Teaching the Ways of Knowing, Eighty-fourth Yearbook of the National Society for the Study of Education, Part II


reviewed by Robin Barrow 1986

coverTitle: Learning and Teaching the Ways of Knowing, Eighty-fourth Yearbook of the National Society for the Study of Education, Part II
Author(s): Elliot W., Ed. Eisner
Publisher: John Wiley, New York
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This is a useful and well-organized yearbook. Part 1 of this volume consists of a moderate and sensible review of twentieth-century curriculum reform, by Herbert M. Kliebard, that acknowledges the complexity of causes and responses in shifts of approach and, in particular, questions the commonplace assumption that progressivism “was anything cohesive enough to be defined as a movement by any name” (p. 3). Part 2 contains papers on various modes of knowing. Eisner argues persuasively for the view that education should at all points be concerned with developing good forms of expression; aesthetic form may be a feature of science or math as readily as of the arts, and it is not merely an ornamental extra. The aesthetic, he fears, has become a casualty of too simplistic an identification of intelligence with abstract thought. D.C. Phillips, in another clear and convincingly argued piece, concentrates on science, firmly holding the middle ground... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 88 Number 1, 1986, p. 128-130
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 630, Date Accessed: 10/19/2017 10:51:53 AM

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