Learning to Teach Through Discussion The Art of Turning the Soul Sophie Haroutunian-Gordon
- Publication date:
- 14 Aug 2009
- 240 pages: 229 x 152 x 23mm
This sequel to Sophie Haroutunian-Gordon's acclaimed "Turning the Soul: Teaching Through Conversation in the High School" presents a case study of two people learning to teach. It shows them engaging two groups of fourth grade students in discussion about the meaning of texts - what the author calls 'interpretive discussion'. The two groups differ with respect to race, geographical location, and affluence. As the novice teachers learn to clarify their own questions about meaning, they become better listeners and leaders of the discussions. Eventually, they mix the students from the two classrooms, and the reader watches them converse about a text as the barriers of race and class seem to break down. In addition to the detailed analysis of the case study, "Learning to Teach Through Discussion: The Art of Turning the Soul" presents philosophical, literary, and psychological foundations of interpretive discussion and describes its three phases: preparation, leading, and reflection. A tightly argued work, the book will help readers learn to engage students of all ages in text interpretation.
Sophie Haroutunian-Gordon is director, Master of Science in Education programme, and professor, Education and Social Policy, at Northwestern University. She teaches in Evanston.
"Sophie Haroutunian-Gordon provides a subtle, perceptive account of the art of leading discussions in teaching, illuminating the central role that asking questions plays in that process, and arguing for making it a central part of teacher education."--Nicholas C. Burbules, University of Illinois--Nicholas C. Burbules
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