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Thoughtful Teaching

reviewed by Hugh Sockett - 1997

coverTitle: Thoughtful Teaching
Author(s): Christopher M. Clark
Publisher: Teachers College Press, New York
ISBN: 0807735027, Pages: 160, Year: 1995
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Thoughtful teaching is described in this books three parts, "Reflections," "Research," and "Portraits," with a concluding section on how it can be cultivated. By "thoughtful" Clark means both intellectual and moral or "relational," and he seeks to "encourage teachers and teacher-educators to develop in both meanings of the term" (p. xvi). Yet the most interesting feature of the book is a tension between these two as they relate to Clark himself. "Reflections" is partly about the moral dimensions of teaching and partly about the ways in which researchers can contribute to thoughtful teaching. Useful summaries of the process-product research, teacher thinking, and the work on teacher knowledge are provided, though the account of this work stands in contrast to the emphases teachers and children provide on the moral quality of the human relationships between teacher and taught. They will assume that the "intellectual" abilities will be there. So, for Clark, "the essence . . . is a courageous willingness to form moral relationships, to embrace uncertainty, to... (preview truncated at 150 words.)

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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 99 Number 2, 1997, p. 428-430
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 10264, Date Accessed: 8/10/2020 2:01:02 AM

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  • Hugh Sockett
    George Mason University
    Hugh Sockett is professor of education and director of the Institute for Educational Transformation at George Mason University. He is the author of The Moral Base for Teacher Professionalism (Teachers College Press, 1993)
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