- Paperback: 208 pages
- Publisher: Heinemann; Eighth Printing edition (March 15, 2000)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0867094699
- ISBN-13: 978-0867094695
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 18 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #72,354 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“This book makes me proud to be a colleague with Don Finkel . . . and brings more news about teaching and learning than most books on that topic I've read in the last decades.”–Peter Elbow
About the Author
Donald Finkel lived with his family in Olympia, Washington, and taught at The Evergreen State College from 1976 until his death in September, 1999. He is coauthor, with William Ray Arney, of Educating for Freedom: The Paradox of Pedagogy (Rutgers University Press, 1995).
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Finkel then finishes with a deeper discussion of some of the deeper implications of teaching with your mouth shut and why the notion that you can actual pass ideas from one person to another is a misguided one. Borrowing from the thinker John Dewey's "Democracy and Education" he makes a compelling argument that "teaching" is something other than the transference of ideas. Rather, it is a provocation that induces critical inquiry on the part of the "student" and that this inquiry, this reliance on one's own critical facility (rather than some idealized authority) is in fact necessary for participation in the democratic process.
I found this book to be thought provoking and insightful, regarding both the sorry state of "educating" as it's practiced now, and what I as a teacher can do on a day-to-day basis to address my practice for the better. Nowhere does Finkel set himself up as an "authority" that should simply be taken at face value; he argues convincingly throughout by engaging the reader to question standard teaching paradigms and conventions.
If you're at all interested in teaching and learning---even if you're not a paid member of the academic community---this book is for you.