The Wisdom of Practice: Essays on Teaching, Learning, and Learning to Teach
April 2004, Jossey-Bass
The Wisdom of Practice at last makes Shulman's major works on K-12 education and teacher education available in one volume. His interests in teaching of all sorts—in K-12 schools, in teacher education, in graduate programs for educational researchers, in liberal education—have been diverse. The essays included touch on such wide-ranging topics as the psychology of school subjects, medical problem solving, teacher knowledge, performance assessment, teaching in higher education, the scholarship of teaching and learning, the characteristics and pedagogies of the professions, the role of cases in professional education and research, and the character of relevant and rigorous educational research.
About the Author.
Foreword (Pat Hutchings, The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching).
Introduction (Suzanne M. Wilson, Michigan State University).
1. Reconstruction of Educational Research.
2. Psychology and Mathematics Education.
3. The Psychology of School Subjects: A Premature Obituary?
4. Autonomy and Obligation: The Remote Control of Teaching.
5. The Practical and the Eclectic: A Deliberation on Teaching and Educational Research.
6. Those Who Understand: Knowledge Growth in Teaching.
7. Knowledge and Teaching: Foundations of the New Reform.
8. The Wisdom of Practice: Managing Complexity in Medicine and Teaching.
9. Disciplines of Inquiry in Education: A New Overview.
10. Teaching Alone, Learning Together: Needed Agendas for the New Reforms.
11. The Paradox of Teacher Assessment.
12. A Union of Insufficiencies: Strategies for Teacher Assessment in a Period of Educational Reform.
13. Research on Teaching: A Historical and Personal Perspective.
14. Teacher Portfolios: A Theoretical Activity.
15. Aristotle Had It Right: On Knowledge and Pedagogy.
16. Joseph Jackson Schwab (1909–1988).
17. Calm Seas, Auspicious Gales.
18. Teaching as Community Property: Putting an End to Pedagogical Solitude.
19. Just in Case: Reflections on Learning from Experience.
20. Communities of Learners and Communities of Teachers.
21. Professional Development: Learning from Experience.
22. Theory, Practice, and the Education of Professionals.
23. Professing the Liberal Arts.
"Abiding insights into the strengths and weaknesses of the educational system...make for a sober and welcome contribution to educational reference shelves." (The Midwest Book Review, 5/1/2004)“Lee Shulman’s intellectual sweep is daunting, but at the center of all his work is a passion for teaching. Now his wise words and powerful insights about the enterprise of teaching have been assembled in one indispensable volume.”
—Howard Gardner, professor of cognition and education, Harvard Graduate School of Education
"’Those who understand, teach.’" Lee Shulman's
contributions to our collective understanding of teaching have
brought honor to the teaching profession and wisdom to the
field. When I want to gain insight, I read Shulman. This collection
of his work is a magnificent gift to us all.”
—Linda Darling-Hammond, Charles E. Ducommun Professor of Education, Stanford University
“Lee Shulman offers every teacher, and all those
interested in teaching, a kind of deep wisdom that shifts the way
we see our simplest daily acts of teaching. I come away from these
essays challenged and excited to go into the class tomorrow with
new eyes for what’s happening. To have this all
together—what a precious gift.”
—Deborah W. Meier, co-principal, Mission Hill School in Boston and author, The Power of Their Ideas and In Schools We Trust
“There is no one more thoughtful about matters concerning
teaching, learning, and learning to teach than Lee Shulman. To have
his various writings collected in one place is a gift to all of us
who are concerned about education. These essays should be required
reading for scholars, teachers, parents, and those who simply want
to understand how we come to know.”
—Ellen Condliffe Lagemann, dean, Harvard Graduate School of Education