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John Dewey and the Art of Teaching Toward Reflective and Imaginative Practice by Douglas J. Simpson, Michael J. B. Jackson, Judy C. Aycock

John Dewey and the Art of Teaching Toward Reflective and Imaginative Practice

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John Dewey and the Art of Teaching Toward Reflective and Imaginative Practice by Douglas J. Simpson, Michael J. B. Jackson, Judy C. Aycock

John Dewey and the Art of Teaching is an engaging and accessible introduction to the art of teaching as seen through the eyes of John Dewey. The authors provide a lucid interpretation of the complexities and art of teaching in contemporary classrooms. In addition, they discuss, apply, and question the practical implications of Dewey's ideas about the art of teaching for beginning and practicing teachers.


In sum, this is a valuable introduction to Dewey's major ideas about schooling that is accessible to readers who might be either daunted by engagement with the original or inclined to consider Dewey too esoteric or irrelevant to their daily concerns. -- CHOICE This book translates Deweyan theory and practice into common-sense, readable, and lucid language. It extends and challenges thinking about the work of teaching, the larger contexts in which it occurs, and the many roles of teachers as change agents. It will also promote novel ways of thinking about teaching for those entering the profession-and for those who strive to teach more thoughtfully. -- Joe DeVitis At last we have a volume that beckons the uninitiated reader into a study of Dewey's significant ideas about the art of teaching. The authors demonstrate great intellectual integrity in describing these ideas while expressing them in practical, even elegant prose. -- Jackie Blount The authors, by championing the relationship of art to education, offer a much needed counterbalance to our society's over-reliance on standardized testing. I enthusiastically endorse this work and would readily use it in both undergraduate social foundations of education and masters
level philosophy of education courses.

-- Tony Johnson At a time when critical-reflective teaching is constantly in jeopardy, John Dewey and the Art of Teaching is very refreshing. Both prospective and experienced teachers should find this work helpful if they are serious about realizing democratic values. Policy makers need to take the time to read this work to be reminded of the core values of democratic education. -- John Portelli This text is an intriguing alternative to the steady diet of 'how to
texts that dominate educational readings.

-- Ranae Stetson

About the Author

Douglas J. Simpson, Ph. D., is Professor and Helen DeVitt Jones Chair in Teacher Education,TexasTechUniversity. He is the author or co-author of numerous articles, reviews, chapters and books, including John Dewey and the Art of Teaching, The Pedagodfathers: The Lords of Education, Recreating Schools: Places Where Everyone Learns and Likes It, The Teacher as Philosopher, and Educational Reform: A Deweyan Perspective. He has held tenured positions at theUniversity ofLouisville, Memorial University of Newfoundland, Tennessee State University, andTexasChristian University and taught in the fields of ethics and teaching, curriculum and instruction, school psychology, and educational theory. He spends time each week atPhyllisWheatleyElementary School where he interacts with students about ethical, historical, and geographical interests. He is a former president of the American Educational Studies Association and the Society of Professors of Education. Michael J. B. Jackson (Ph. D., University of Toronto) lives in Montreal, Quebec, and Vancouver, British Columbia. He is the author and coauthor of numerous publications, including Educational Reform: A Deweyan Approach; and The Teacher as Philosopher. He was a professor and served as Chair of the Graduate School of Education at Bishop's University, and Head of the Department of Educational Foundations at Memorial University of Newfoundland, where he assisted student teachers and interns as they prepared for their first teaching appointments. In addition, he has taught at several other universities, including Concordia, Queens, Mount St. Vincent, and British Columbia. Judy C. Aycock (Ph. D., Memorial University of Newfoundland) is Assistant Dean, College of Education, Texas Tech University. She was a middle and high school English teacher before becoming a professor and/or administrator at Tennessee State University, University of Louisville, and Texas Wesleyan University. At TWU, she directed the interdisciplinary program and was named the Ralph and Sue McCann Professor for excellence in teaching. She is the author of a variety of publications, including Art of the Western World, Analysis and Interpretation of Literature, and Ethics: Theory and Practice.

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Publication date

22nd December 2004


Douglas J. Simpson, Michael J. B. Jackson, Judy C. Aycock

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