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1st Edition

Teachable Moments and the Science of Education

ISBN 9780367587673
Published June 30, 2020 by Routledge
212 Pages

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Book Description

This book develops a general theory of autonomous teaching by examining a mysterious educational idea: the teachable moment. By formulating an understanding of the teachable moment as predicated upon ‘educational energy,’ this book takes up John Dewey’s view of teaching to articulate a law-like, scientifically oriented pedagogical theory. By offering a testable hypothesis about effective teaching through an innovative reading of Dewey’s law, this book also provides insights into changes in school practice and schooling policy consonant with an understanding of teaching as a science.

2020 John Dewey Society Outstanding Achievement Award recipient

Table of Contents

Introduction: Educational Scarcity

Chapter 1: Developing a Winning Strategy for the Battle at the Ampersand

Chapter 2: Expanding the Idea of ‘Teachable Moments’

Chapter 3: Focusing on Planned Teachable Moments

Chapter 4: Creating Educational Energy

Chapter 5: Interpreting Dewey’s Law

Chapter 6: Humanizing Dewey’s Law

Chapter 7: Making Sense of a Science of Teaching

Chapter 8: Teachers Win!

Chapter 9: A Well-Functioning Ethnographic Infrastructure

Chapter 10: Teacher Professionalism and Teacher Accountability

Chapter 11: Love, Intimacy, and Tenure

Chapter 12: Teachers’ Mythography

Conclusion: Educational Abundance

Gramsci’s Razor

Democracy without Ideology

Progressivism and Educational Policy and Practice

A Bread and Butter Issue for Teachers

The Future of Dewey’s Law


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Greg Seals is Senior Education Consultant with Rides Over Mountains, LLC in Hightstown, NJ, USA.