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Stephen M. Fishman and Lucille Parkinson McCarthy. Teaching for Student Change: A Deweyan Alternative to Radical Pedagogy.

Fishman, Stephen M. and Lucille Parkinson McCarthy. "Teaching for Student Change: A Deweyan Alternative to Radical Pedagogy." CCC 47.3 (1996): 342-366.


The authors defend a Deweyan model of student-teacher interaction against radical pedagogy that upsets through "dispute and diversity" rather than establish "politeness and common ground." They claim Deweyan pedagogy emphasizes cooperation and still encourages students to take up divergent ideas. School learning emulates problem-solution learning that takes place in natural settings. The teacher replaces lectures with student activities and educates students indirectly by presenting them with dilemmas "they find interesting and relevant to their own lives" but not politically predetermined. To illustrate, the authors share details of interactions in Fishman's Intro to Philosophy Class.

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