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Teacher Education and the Pursuit of Wisdom

A Practical Guide for Education Philosophy Courses

Sean Steel

Teacher Education and the Pursuit of Wisdom takes its readers into the deep waters of investigating teaching not simply as a profession but as a precious "way of life." The author begins by investigating the nature of teaching as both an "active" and a "contemplative" endeavor and inquires into the resonance between the nature of teaching on the one hand and what has been said classically about genuine philosophizing on the other hand.

Having laid the groundwork for students to be able to recognize this intimate connection, readers are next challenged to take up the notion of teaching as a "way of life" in the pursuit of wisdom experimentally and to record their observations in a personalized journal format. Thorough explanations are provided concerning the value of journaling for self-knowledge, and exemplar texts by master journal writers are discussed.

This book is designed for use as a primary textbook in philosophy of education courses. Instructors will find it helpful as a means to organize engaging classes at both the undergraduate and graduate levels for genuine philosophic practices and inquiry. It contains a well-defined program of work that is modelled upon the latest research concerning "authentic task design." Its rich experimental approach is replete with a broad array of learning tasks, assessment tools, and practices that are aligned with the competencies-based approach taken in most professional certification and BEd Programs.

Sean Steel holds a PhD in education philosophy, as well as graduate degrees in both religious studies and political science. He has taught for twenty years at a variety of public schools, colleges, and universities. Steel has published numerous articles in the fields of religious studies, philosophy, political science, law, and, of course, education. His 2014 book is The Pursuit of Wisdom and Happiness in Education: Historical Sources and Contemplative Practices.