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ERIC Number: EJ974790
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 8
ISSN: ISSN-1550-1175
The Way We Educate: Twenty Million Miles for Some, a Twenty-Minute Walk for Others
Smith, Grinell
Schools: Studies in Education, v9 n1 p63-72 Spr 2012
This article is about storytelling. In an effort to open opportunities similar to what we experienced while we were in school, many among the education professorate seem to have adopted well-used and familiar "academic" models of seminar instruction virtually unaltered from their experiences as graduate students. One suspects, however, that there are times when this method forecloses more than it makes possible. Significant time is spent preparing for seminars--rereading texts, fleshing out connections to other texts, discussing ideas with colleagues--in an effort to anticipate what will be useful to students as they develop a deeper understanding of the ideas that are discussed. However, it is often the least-engineered moments of reflection that have the deepest effect. And it is often the events of living that happen unexpectedly and unplanned--and yet somehow quite regularly when far away from one's job--that inform one's teaching most profoundly. To illustrate, a story is told about one such event, a narrative of contrast in education involving a tomato and a visit to Northern Laos. This is followed by a description of how this narrative, and others like it, find their way into students' instruction and how such narratives can foster positive educative experiences of the Deweyan sort, characterized by continuity, interaction, and an end-in-view. (Contains 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Laos