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The Courage to Teach: Exploring the Inner Landscape of a Teacher's Life Hardcover – 21 Nov 1997


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  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons (21 Nov 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0787910589
  • ISBN-13: 978-0787910587
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 15.5 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 190,855 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Not long before I started this book, as summer took a slow turn toward fall, I walked into a college classroom and into my third decade of teaching. Read the first page
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 2 April 1999
Format: Hardcover
This book is probably better for high school teachers and college professors than it is for elementary and middle school educators. Very philosophical and sometimes hard to follow. I like the way he uses quotes from literary works as well as real life experiences to bring out his points. His arguments for subject-centered teaching; the need for connectedness between teacher, subject, and students; the collective inquiry approach; and the need for educators to have more collaborative time are thoroughly presented and convincing.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 29 July 1998
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I wanted to like this book as it had been recommended by a friend, but I couldn't do it. Nothing pulled me through the book at all. Maybe it's because I'm not discouraged as a teacher, but I was only able to find bits and pieces that worked for me. That and the book seemed riddled with pop-psych terminology which turned me off. I ask only of a writer that he or she write well and have a passion. Palmer is passionate, but the book is not well written. If teachers are looking for the courage to teach, they should find one of James Herndon's books (two of which are recently back in print) or read Kozol's _Savage Inequalities_ or any one of Ted Sizer's books. I applaud Palmer's intentions, but the end result is lacking.
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By Miss R Richards on 15 July 2013
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This is a really humane way of looking at teaching. I found myself so absorbed in this book that I read it in a day. Parker Palmer's work should be on the bookshelves of every educational institution around the globe.
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By Felix on 6 Oct 2009
Format: Hardcover
I bought this book on the advice of a friend. I have not yet finished reading it, yet am prepared to give it a totally positive review, such is the nature of the work.
Parker J Palmer writes from experience and writes in a way that makes so much sense. He is able to put into words what many of us have felt as we have stood in front of a class and sought to teach.
I thoroughly recommend this work.
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By A Customer on 29 April 1999
Format: Hardcover
Parker guides us through a learning experience where the teacher learns to become an aid to students. His methods of commuity allow the teacher become a part of an intimate community where every student learns from self discovery. However, he also explains that before we can help other in thier self discovery we must first explore our selves and become solid and firm in how we are... teaching from within.
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I am a college student majoring in education and I read this book for class. This book helped me understand the techniques of seeing the inner self through the education of the most intuitive, the children we teach. I realize that to educate is to continualy learn and expand the aspect of our humanity which matters the most, our inner self. To know the self and express this is the purpose of our education and our instruction. There are forces which disconnect us from the student, the subject and the self. It is the purpose of introspection to learn how to unblock these learned limits so they are not pass to the next level of learners. It is not only important that educators teach students about the self, but also how this knowledge translates to possitive growth in other lives. J. Plamer indicated we are not an Island unto ourselves but like vessels in which to carry life giving guidance to others. If we do not possess life giving knowledge we cannot express it to our students. This book was very important just as the book, "The Artists Way by Julia Cameron."
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