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Uncommon Caring: Learning From Men Who Teach Young Children

reviewed by Carol S. Witherell - 2001

coverTitle: Uncommon Caring: Learning From Men Who Teach Young Children
Author(s): James R. King
Publisher: Teachers College Press, New York
ISBN: , Pages: 160, Year: 1998
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In what ways are elementary schools and classrooms gendered cultures, and how is it that so few men teach in them? How is the teaching of young children construed and enacted as an activity of caring? What are the fears still held by much of the public regarding the sexual orientation of teachers of young children? Uncommon Caring is a bold and informative exploration of these questions through the first-person accounts of nine male primary grades teachers, including the author, who were selected to participate in an interview follow-up to a survey, and subsequently in a study group, where these questions were explored in depth within the context of the participants’ experiences teaching. In addition to his experiences in the study group, the author draws upon his experiences as a primary grades teacher and a teacher educator in the areas of elementary and early childhood education, bringing several different lenses to the topics. King addresses many compelling questions raised from his and other participants’ teaching experience with... (preview truncated at 150 words.)

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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 103 Number 1, 2001, p. 26-27
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 10478, Date Accessed: 8/7/2020 8:19:21 PM

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  • Carol Witherell
    Lewis and Clark College
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    Carol S. Witherell is a professor of education in the Teacher Education Department of the Graduate School of Lewis and Clark College. Her research interests include moral development and ethics in education. Her publications include Stories Lives Tell: Narrative and Dialogue in Education (edited with Nel Noddings)(New York: Teachers College Press, 1991).
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