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ERIC Number: EJ791416
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1086-4822
Five Lessons of a Dumbledore Education
Music, Rusmir; Agans, Lyndsay J.
About Campus, v12 n5 p21-23 Nov-Dec 2007
Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry and the world of Harry Potter may help educators re-imagine their daily work and provide good reminders that intentional formal and informal mentoring, informed by educational theory, play an essential role in student learning and development. Mentoring principles at Hogwarts flow from Albus Dumbledore, the school's headmaster, whose influence is felt throughout the school. The students he advises almost universally regard the mysterious and powerful Dumbledore as the supreme authority on any given subject. Dumbledore guides several good educational practices at Hogwarts; his philosophy is embedded in five simple yet powerful concepts: (1) information; (2) empowerment; (3) self-care; (4) empathy; and (5) choice. Dumbledore's principles provide a fresh perspective and a new language with which to engage students, faculty, and staff in discussion of ongoing educational questions. In this article, the author discusses the lessons that educators can learn from Dumbledore's philosophy in order to become good mentors for their students. (Contains 7 notes.)
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Language: English
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