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Perspectives on Learning

reviewed by Kathleen A. Butler - 2004

coverTitle: Perspectives on Learning
Author(s): D. C. Phillips and Jonas F. Soltis
Publisher: Teachers College Press, New York
ISBN: 0807744476 , Pages: 116, Year: 2003
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Perspectives on Learning is a concise book that provides an engaging, thoughtful examination of major theories of learning. The fourth edition in a series designed for pre-service and inservice teachers, its approach lives up to the authorsí goal of educating teachers, not training them. By offering not only a foundation of knowledge about learning theories but also effective case studies, Phillips and Soltis promote the readerís active engagement with the premises of each theory. With the understanding that teaching requires continual decision-making, the authors invite the teacher candidate to consider the value of learning theories by posing realistic and recognizable teaching scenarios, modeling the very concepts they promote. With tightly written text, powerful questions, and focused analysis, the book draws the reader chapter by chapter into a closer and deeper realization that a solid understanding of learning theories informs quality teaching. Reflective readers will face their own thinking about teaching and learning head on, challenge their presuppositions about how we learn, and encounter enough disequilibrium to think in... (preview truncated at 150 words.)

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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 106 Number 8, 2004, p. 1592-1595
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 11292, Date Accessed: 9/23/2021 8:20:02 AM

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  • Kathleen Butler
    Saint Joseph College
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    KATHLEEN A. BUTLER is Assistant Professor, Child Study/Education/Special Education Department, Saint Joseph College, in West Hartford, CT. She teaches in the middle/secondary education program at the graduate and undergraduate level.
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