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Teaching and Schooling in America Pre- and Post-September 11

reviewed by Stacy Otto - 2004

coverTitle: Teaching and Schooling in America Pre- and Post-September 11
Author(s): Allan C. Ornstein
Publisher: Allyn and Bacon, Needham Heights, MA
ISBN: 0205367119, Pages: 511, Year: 2003
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Within the pages of his recently-released volume Teaching and Schooling in America Pre- and Post-September 11, Allan Ornstein embarks on an ambitious undertaking, indeed. Framed as an undergraduate-level Social Foundations of Education textbook for teacher education students, Ornstein’s book chronicles “2,500 years of life—the past, present, and future” (p. xv) through a gathering of topics that span teaching, learning, the school as a socializing agent, the history of schooling in America, and ending with a look at inequities across class, race, and education. Naturally, in order to cover 2,500 years of the social context and theory of pedagogy and schooling within a modest number of pages, Ornstein has been forced to pick and choose, and to be brief out of necessity. Chapters are organized around “Focusing Questions,” and then an “Episode” is employed to lead teachers and students through an exercise meant to frame the theoretical content of the section that follows. “Teaching Tips” are frequent interjections within the text, and each chapter ends with a few questions... (preview truncated at 150 words.)

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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 106 Number 2, 2004, p. 375-378
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 11190, Date Accessed: 7/25/2021 8:45:43 AM

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  • Stacy Otto
    Oklahoma State University
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    STACY OTTO is an artist, writer, and researcher who currently instructs doctoral students in qualitative research methods at Oklahoma State University where she is an assistant professor of Social Foundations of Education. Dr. Otto's major research focus is on the importance of solitude and loss in an individual’s decision to begin to pursue, in a full way, a creative life, and the implications for pedagogical theory and practice. Otto is the Co-PI on Project CREATES, leading a team of qualitative researchers and three urban elementary schools as they participate in an arts-infusion research project and program implementation. Recent research includes a chapter in Postcritical Ethnography: Reinscribing Critique (2003, Hampton Press, George Noblit, Ed.), as well as work on James T. Sears’ current project [Homo]Sexualities and Youth (forthcoming, Greenwood Publishing Group).
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