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Teaching without Training

by Robert Sommer - February 07, 2007

Like most of my colleagues, I had no courses in Education or training in teaching. I am not proud of this lacuna in my background. I regard pedagogy as a vital field of study and am pleased to write recommendation letters for students who want to become K-12 teachers or undertake graduate work in Education. Yet intellectually I must confront the paradox of performing well in the classroom without specific training in teaching. What does this say about education as a field of academic study?

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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: February 07, 2007
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 13098, Date Accessed: 9/22/2021 11:38:38 PM

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  • Robert Sommer
    University of California, Davis
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    ROBERT SOMMER is Distinguished Professor of Psychology Emeritus at the University of California, Davis where he chaired Departments of Psychology, Environmental Design, Rhetoric & Communication, and Art. His books include Personal Space, Tight Spaces (Hard Architecture and how to Humanize it), The Mind's Eye, and A Practical Guide to Behavioral Research 5th ed. (with Barbara A. Sommer).
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