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Approaches To Teaching



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This is the 5th edition with a publication date of 4/7/2009.
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This popular text continues using the format of the three approaches--The Executive, The Facilitator, and The Liberationist. For the Fifth Edition, the authors add four new case studies: Scripted Teaching,” Accountability and Merit,” What is the Value of Caring Relationships?” and School Funding.” Using these and other realistic case studies, they explore the strengths and weaknesses of each approach so that teachers can critically assess their own philosophical positions on teaching. Teachers are urged to ask themselves such questions as: What is the main goal of teaching? What is the most important purpose of education? What do I expect my students to eventually become? Is the way I structure my teaching influenced by how I view my role and goals? This updated edition also adds a new section called Topics and Resources” to encourage further inquiry into teaching

Author Biography

Gary D Fenstermacher is Professor of Education at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Jonas F. Soltis is William Heard Kilpatrick Professor Emeritus of Philosophy and Education at Teachers College, Columbia University. Matthew N. Sanger is Assistant Professor of Educational Foundations at Idaho State University.

Table of Contents

A Note to Readersp. ix
To the Instructorp. xi
Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Approaches to Teachingp. 1
Three Teachersp. 1
The Amazing Glassesp. 4
Three Approaches to Teachingp. 5
The Common Framework: Makerp. 7
Using Maker with the Approachesp. 9
The Executive Approachp. 11
Managing Your Classroomp. 11
Managing Time in the Classroomp. 12
Features of This Approachp. 15
The Maker Frameworkp. 16
Historical Rootsp. 19
Teaching for Student Achievementp. 21
The Complexity of Modern Schoolingp. 23
The Facilitator Approachp. 25
Your Middle School English Classp. 26
Historical Backgroundp. 28
Humanistic Psychologyp. 30
Normative Considerationsp. 32
Existential Rootsp. 33
Care Pedagogyp. 34
Facilitating Identityp. 37
Constructivismp. 39
Multiple Intelligencesp. 41
The Liberationist Approachp. 44
Origins of This Approachp. 44
Features of the Liberationist Approachp. 45
Your High School Classp. 46
Manner in Teachingp. 47
The Element of Knowledgep. 49
Emancipatory Teachingp. 51
Democratic Citizenshipp. 53
Social Justice and Identityp. 55
Reflections on the Three Approachesp. 57
A Synoptic Viewp. 57
Critical Perspectives on the Executive Approachp. 59
Critical Perspectives on the Facilitator Approachp. 61
Forging National Identityp. 63
Critical Perspectives on the Liberationist Approachp. 65
Democracy, Identity, and Diversityp. 68
Developing Your Approach to Teachingp. 71
Three Ideas, Three Approachesp. 71
Becoming All Threep. 73
Good-byep. 74
Cases and Disputesp. 76
Grading Policiesp. 78
School and Approach Mismatchp. 79
Teacher-Engineer or Artist?p. 80
Individualized Learningp. 82
How Much Control Is Too Much?p. 83
Workbook Dilemmap. 83
A New Science Kitp. 84
Scripted Teachingp. 86
Accountability and Meritp. 87
Individual and Societal Needsp. 88
Curing Shynessp. 89
What Standard Shall We Use?p. 90
Teaching "Relevant" Literaturep. 91
Teacher and Mother?p. 92
What Is the Value of Caring Relationships?p. 93
Freedom and Indoctrinationp. 94
Too Young to Be Critical?p. 95
Education for Lifep. 96
Freedom of Speech?p. 97
Mass or Class Culture?p. 99
Different Learning Stylesp. 100
Compatibility of Approachesp. 101
E Pluribus Unump. 102
Go Fly a Kitep. 103
Notesp. 105
Topics and Resourcesp. 109
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