scribe facts and answers. One of the strengths of the book is the multitude of resources mentioned. Not only does Noddings provide a sixteen-page bibliography, but throughout each chapter she also suggests readings representing divergent opinions. The influence of Dewey is evident in citations and thought in the book. But references abound to authors as varied as Aristotle, Sartre, E. D. Hirsch, James Fraser, Robert Frost, Benjamin Spock, and the previous works of Nodding herself. Although the author's point of view is obvious on most issues, she does not dictate, and the references she lists direct readers to explore the issues for themselves and with their students. Critical Lessons should be required reading for every student in teacher education programs. I can imagine using the book as a planning guide for either a secondary classroom or a class for teacher candidates. Reflective individuals will be compelled to examine important questions about why they want to teach, why their own disciplines are important, and what is crucial about the education process. This endorsement does not mean the book is perfect. The questions listed are important, but their sheer number can be tiresome. Although Noddings acknowledges that she is not
Feminist Teacher – University of Illinois Press
Published: Jun 20, 2008
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