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Imitation and Education: A Philosophical Inquiry into Learning by Example


reviewed by Mathew N. Sanger October 09, 2009

coverTitle: Imitation and Education: A Philosophical Inquiry into Learning by Example
Author(s): Bryan R. Warnick
Publisher: State University of New York Press, Albany
ISBN: 0791474283, Pages: 167, Year: 2008
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The potential significance of Bryan Warnick’s inquiry into imitation and education is pointed out in its opening pages: Conservatives place role models as central features in character education programs. Liberals, in turn, view the absence of role models for minority students as a major justification for affirmative action initiatives. Christian children are urged to do what Jesus would do . . . Endless debate surrounds the status and value of celebrities and athletes as role models, while new teachers are urged to find and imitate experienced mentors . . . Learning technologies are designed to help students imitate experts within particular domains of scientific practice.  Clearly, the notions of modeling, imitation, and exemplarity are some of the central concepts in contemporary educational and social discourse. (p. 2) In response, Warnick sets a goal of “creating a better understanding of human exemplarity that will be useful in educational theory, educational practice, and larger... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: October 09, 2009
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 15800, Date Accessed: 12/14/2017 8:04:12 AM

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  • Mathew Sanger
    Idaho State University
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    MATHEW N. SANGER is currently Associate Professor in the Department of Educational Foundations at Idaho State University. His scholarship primarily focuses on the moral nature of teaching and teacher education, while at times more broadly addressing moral and educational philosophy, teacher education, and research methodology. He holds graduate degrees in Educational Studies and in Philosophy, from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
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