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The Wisdom of Practice

What do teachers need to know in order to teach well? How important is the depth and quality of teachers' content knowledge as a critical aspect of their ability to teach? How can teachers best be educated, and how can we assess their accomplishments as teachers? In what ways is the professional preparation of teachers comparable to the preparation of physicians and other members of learned professions? What kinds of educational research can provide deeper understanding of teaching, learning, and the reform of education? These are just some of the many questions answered in this landmark collection of Lee Shulman's best work. A pioneer in the field of teaching and teacher research, Shulman's work and thinking have long influenced teachers and researchers. But while Shulman is one of the most widely cited scholars in education, his writings have been scattered among a variety of books and journals until now. The Wisdom of Practice at last makes Shulman's major works on K-12 education and teacher education available in one volume. His interests in teaching of all sorts in K-12 schools, in teacher education, in graduate programs for educational researchers, in liberal education have been diverse. The essays included touch on such wide-ranging topics as the psychology of school subjects, medical problem solving, teacher knowledge, performance assessment, teaching in higher education, the scholarship of teaching and learning, the characteristics and pedagogies of the professions, the role of cases in professional education and research, and the character of relevant and rigorous educational research.
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Table of Contents

Sources. About the Author. Acknowledgments. Foreword (Pat Hutchings, The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching). Introduction (Suzanne M. Wilson, Michigan State University). 1. Reconstruction of Educational Research. 2. Psychology and Mathematics Education. 3. The Psychology of School Subjects: A Premature Obituary? 4. Autonomy and Obligation: The Remote Control of Teaching. 5. The Practical and the Eclectic: A Deliberation on Teaching and Educational Research. 6. Those Who Understand: Knowledge Growth in Teaching. 7. Knowledge and Teaching: Foundations of the New Reform. 8. The Wisdom of Practice: Managing Complexity in Medicine and Teaching. 9. Disciplines of Inquiry in Education: A New Overview. 10. Teaching Alone, Learning Together: Needed Agendas for the New Reforms. 11. The Paradox of Teacher Assessment. 12. A Union of Insufficiencies: Strategies for Teacher Assessment in a Period of Educational Reform. 13. Research on Teaching: A Historical and Personal Perspective. 14. Teacher Portfolios: A Theoretical Activity. 15. Aristotle Had It Right: On Knowledge and Pedagogy. 16. Joseph Jackson Schwab (1909?1988). 17. Calm Seas, Auspicious Gales. 18. Teaching as Community Property: Putting an End to Pedagogical Solitude. 19. Just in Case: Reflections on Learning from Experience. 20. Communities of Learners and Communities of Teachers. 21. Professional Development: Learning from Experience. 22. Theory, Practice, and the Education of Professionals. 23. Professing the Liberal Arts. Index.


About the Author

Lee S. Shulman has been president of the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching since 1997. From 1963 to 1982, Shulman was professor of educational psychology and medical education at Michigan State University. From 1982 to 2000, he was on the faculty at Stanford University. He is a former president of the American Educational Research Association (AERA) as well as a past president of the National Academy of Education. Shulman has received the AERA's career award for Distinguished Contributions to Educational Research as well as the American Psychological Association's E. L. Thorndike Award for Distinguished Psychological Contributions to Education. A Guggenheim Fellow and a Fellow of the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, he was also elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2002.


"Educators and others interested in education will find The Wisdom of Practice a very worthwhile addition to their professional reading." (CHOICE; 11/1/20004; Vol. 42, No. 3) "Abiding insights into the strengths and weaknesses of the educational system...make for a sober and welcome contribution to educational reference shelves." (The Midwest Book Review, 5/1/2004) ?Lee Shulman?s intellectual sweep is daunting, but at the center of all his work is a passion for teaching. Now his wise words and powerful insights about the enterprise of teaching have been assembled in one indispensable volume.? ?Howard Gardner, professor of cognition and education, Harvard Graduate School of Education "?Those who understand, teach.?" Lee Shulman's contributions to our collective understanding of teaching have brought honor to the teaching profession and wisdom to the field. When I want to gain insight, I read Shulman. This collection of his work is a magnificent gift to us all.? ?Linda Darling-Hammond, Charles E. Ducommun Professor of Education, Stanford University ?Lee Shulman offers every teacher, and all those interested in teaching, a kind of deep wisdom that shifts the way we see our simplest daily acts of teaching. I come away from these essays challenged and excited to go into the class tomorrow with new eyes for what?s happening. To have this all together?what a precious gift.? ?Deborah W. Meier, co-principal, Mission Hill School in Boston and author, The Power of Their Ideas and In Schools We Trust ?There is no one more thoughtful about matters concerning teaching, learning, and learning to teach than Lee Shulman. To have his various writings collected in one place is a gift to all of us who are concerned about education. These essays should be required reading for scholars, teachers, parents, and those who simply want to understand how we come to know.? ?Ellen Condliffe Lagemann, dean, Harvard Graduate School of Education

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