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Goethe's Metamorphosis of the Plants and the Art of Education


by Alan P. Cottrell 1982

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe's views on children, adults, and nature complement and redeem the one-sided attitude of our present-day habits of thought. Goethe's writings about natural history and the relationship between the individual and society illustrate how teaching can be less a branch of technology than an art. (Source: ERIC)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 84 Number 2, 1982, p. 477-491
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 793, Date Accessed: 12/17/2017 9:02:29 AM

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  • Alan Cottrell
    University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
    ALAN P. COTTRELL was born in New York City and attended the Horace Mann Lincoln School at Teachers College, Columbia University. He received his Ph.D. in German from Ohio State University, has taught at the University of Washington, and is now professor of Germanic languages and literatures at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. His books include Wilhelm Muller's Lyrical Song Cycles: Interpretations and Texts (1970), Goethe's FAUST: Seven Essays(1976), and Goethe's View of Evil and the Search for a New Image of Man in Our Time (forthcoming, Floris Books, Edinburgh). Other main interests include the Scandinavian languages, particularly Norwegian, Swedish, and Finnish.
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