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On Teaching and Learning: Putting the Principles and Practices of Dialogue Education into Action


reviewed by Monica Rector February 11, 2008

coverTitle: On Teaching and Learning: Putting the Principles and Practices of Dialogue Education into Action
Author(s): Jane Vella
Publisher: Jossey-Bass Publishers, San Francisco
ISBN: 0787986992, Pages: 272, Year: 2007
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Instructors always praised traditional teaching. For this kind of class, the demands are to prepare the lesson, go into the classroom, deliver a message lecturing from beginning to end, ask if there are any questions, and then leave the classroom empowered. In her book, On Teaching and Learning: Putting the Principles and Practices of Dialogue Education into Action, Jane Vella describes some of the things she learned that were important to teaching:  “how to organize a lesson, how to structure a lesson plan and build a curriculum” (p. xviii). This approach is reflected in Paulo Freire’s words: “We teach the way we were taught” (p. xxi). But we are in the twenty-first century, and, with modern technology in which students click or zap and get wherever they want at high speed, this kind of teaching is not appealing anymore. What is dialogue education? Vella states, “The purpose or end of... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: February 11, 2008
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 14988, Date Accessed: 1/18/2018 6:27:21 AM

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