Turning the Soul: Teaching through Conversation in the High School Sophie Haroutunian-Gordon

ISBN: 9780226316765

Published: April 21st 1991

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224 pages


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Turning the Soul: Teaching through Conversation in the High School  by  Sophie Haroutunian-Gordon

Turning the Soul: Teaching through Conversation in the High School by Sophie Haroutunian-Gordon
April 21st 1991 | Paperback | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, talking book, mp3, ZIP | 224 pages | ISBN: 9780226316765 | 6.16 Mb

Is our nations educational system faltering in part because it strives to teach students predetermined right answers to questions? In Turning the Soul, Sophie Haroutunian-Gordon offers and alternative to methods advocated by conventionalMoreIs our nations educational system faltering in part because it strives to teach students predetermined right answers to questions? In Turning the Soul, Sophie Haroutunian-Gordon offers and alternative to methods advocated by conventional educational practice.

By guiding the reader back and forth between two high school classes discussing Shakespeares Romeo and Juliet, she gracefully introduces the alternative approach to education: interpretive discussion.One class, located in a private, racially integrated urban school, has had many conversations about the meaning of books. The second group, less advantaged students in a largely black urban school, has not. The reader watches as students in each group begin to draw upon experiences in their personal lives to speculate about events in the play.

The students assist one another with the interpretation of complex passages, pose queries that help sustain the conversation, and struggle to get Shakespeare right. Though the teachers suffer moments of intense frustration, they are rewarded by seeing their students learn to engage in meaningful exchange.Because Turning the Soul draws on actual classroom conversations, it presents the range of difficulties that one encounters in interpretive discussion. The book describes the assumptions about learning that the use of such discussion in the classroom presupposes, and it offers a theoretical perspective from which to view the changes in both students and teachers.



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