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Thinking in School and Society


reviewed by John McPeck - 1990

coverTitle: Thinking in School and Society
Author(s): Francis Schrag
Publisher: Routledge & Kegan Paul, London
ISBN: 0710214235, Pages: , Year: 1988
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This new book by Francis Schrag is an instance of its title, Thinking in School and Society. Schrag offers us a thoughtful and scholarly treatment of the kind of thinking that schools should be attempting to nurture, and how this kind of thinking is especially useful in a democratic society. The book (as Schrag acknowledges) is an extension of Dewey’s ideas, but it incorporates lengthy discussions of important developments in both education and psychology that could not have been anticipated by Dewey. In fact, it is fair to say that the contribution of this book lies not in its ties to Dewey, but in Schrag’s fresh insights into contemporary research on thinking and cognitive psychology. In Chapter I, Schrag is at his best in debunking the burgeoning literature on thinking as a skill or a collection of skills. He points out that skills cannot be precisely separated one from the other... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 92 Number 1, 1990, p. 133-135
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 372, Date Accessed: 10/21/2019 8:52:17 AM

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