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Teaching What We Do: Essays by Amherst College Faculty


reviewed by Robert McCaughey - 1994

coverTitle: Teaching What We Do: Essays by Amherst College Faculty
Author(s): Amherst Colllege Faculty
Publisher: John Wiley, New York
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This slim book, with its straight-on title, is the best antidote around to the miasma induced by the recurrent and essentially wrong-headed debate about "teaching vs. research." Not that that is what it is about-- directly. Except for a few well-chosen jabs at those about who insist that scholarly interests are harmful to the health of serious teachers in President Peter Pouncey's "Foreword," the debate passes unjoined in the twelve essays (including Pouncey's, on ancient history) making up the book. "I might have gone on at some length," one essayist allows, "about the mutually enhancing relationship I feel between the teaching I do in class and the writing I do outside of it" (p. 142), but he does not. What he and his colleagues do go on about is their teaching and we are all the better for that. The initial effect of Teaching What We Do is to be struck by the diversity of approaches to and definitions of effective teaching. This effect flows... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 95 Number 3, 1994, p. 421-423
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 113, Date Accessed: 7/20/2019 5:54:00 AM

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