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How We Think We Think

by Philip W. Jackson - 2012

Background: The intellectual context of this essay is the nature of human thought as examined by philosophers and psychologists past and present.

Focus of study: The study focuses on the treatment of thinking by John Dewey in his two editions of ‘How We Think’ and by William James in his ‘Talks to Teachers’.

Research Design: This is a philosophical/interpretive essay.

Conclusions: The essay concludes that both James and Dewey addressed the nature of thinking too narrowly. A broader conception of thinking is urged. The implications for teachers are briefly discussed.

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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 114 Number 2, 2012, p. 1-17
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 16243, Date Accessed: 9/23/2021 8:42:49 PM

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  • Philip Jackson
    University of Chicago
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    PHILIP JACKSON is the David Lee Shillinglaw Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus at the University of Chicago. He is a graduate of Teachers College.
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