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ERIC Number: ED377161
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Apr
Pages: 23
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Foundations of Education: Texts and the Canon.
Gottlieb, Esther E.
This paper attempts to outline the textual canon of the foundations of education in U.S. teacher education programs. Background research for the project included a review of selected texts and samples of course syllabi. Analysis of the contents and prefaces of the two volumes of "Reading in the Foundations of Education" (published in 1941 by Columbia University Teachers College in New York) reveals that the authors were not as concerned with teacher education as an academic/professional field as they were with the conditions of society at large and their belief that teachers could affect those conditions. The volumes reflect the views of an influential group of social reconstructionists and were intended to introduce future teachers to an organic model of life, to replace mechanistic models. The volumes comprise brief excerpts from literally hundreds of writers including educationists as well as "classic" writers from a variety of fields. From these early texts to the early 1990s, texts written or edited by George F. Kneller, James A. Johnson, and A. Ornstein and D. Levine moved away from the interdisciplinary approach and the "classic" writers and moved toward a more lively, graphic presentation. Thomas Jefferson came to be presented as a figure of historical interest rather than a canonical writer; by contrast, John Dewey does have canonical status in the field. (Contains 24 references.) (JDD)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Information Analyses
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Language: English
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