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The Learning to Teach Through Discussion: The Art of Turning the Soul

Sophie Haroutunian-Gordon


This book presents a case study of two people learning to teach. It shows them engaging two groups of fourth-grade students in discussion about the meaning of texts—what the text terms “interpretive discussion.” The two groups differ with respect to race, geographical location, and affluence. As the novice teachers learn to clarify their own questions about meaning, they become better listeners and leaders of the discussions. Eventually, they mix the students from the two classrooms, and the reader watches them converse about a text as the barriers of race and class seem to break down. In addi ... More

Keywords: teaching, interpretive discussion, teachers, preparation, leading, reflection, learning, classrooms

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780300120004
Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013 DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300120004.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Sophie Haroutunian-Gordon, author