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Teaching Critical Thinking : Practical Wisdom - Bell Hooks

Teaching Critical Thinking

Practical Wisdom

Paperback Published: 15th September 2009
ISBN: 9780415968201
Number Of Pages: 198

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In Teaching Critical Thinking, renowned cultural critic and progressive educator bell hooks addresses some of the most compelling issues facing teachers in and out of the classroom today.

In a series of short, accessible, and enlightening essays, hooks explores the confounding and sometimes controversial topics that teachers and students have urged her to address since the publication of the previous best-selling volumes in her Teaching series, Teaching to Transgress and Teaching Community. The issues are varied and broad, from whether meaningful teaching can take place in a large classroom setting to confronting issues of self-esteem. One professor, for example, asked how black female professors can maintain positive authority in a classroom without being seen through the lens of negative racist, sexist stereotypes. One teacher asked how to handle tears in the classroom, while another wanted to know how to use humor as a tool for learning.

Addressing questions of race, gender, and class in this work, hooks discusses the complex balance that allows us to teach, value, and learn from works written by racist and sexist authors. Highlighting the importance of reading, she insists on the primacy of free speech, a democratic education of literacy. Throughout these essays, she celebrates the transformative power of critical thinking. This is provocative, powerful, and joyful intellectual work. It is a must read for anyone who is at all interested in education today.

"Positing education as the practice of freedom to balance against (or as an antidote to) the notion of education as credential-collecting,aTeaching Critical Thinking: Practical Wisdom seeks to help engaged educators navigate the contradictions and challenges of the academy so as to fulfill our mandate to be of compassionate service to students--as whole people, not simply as someone's future employees." -- Rain Taxi

Introductionp. 1
Critical Thinkintp. 7
Democratic Educationp. 13
Engaged Pedaeosp. 19
Decolonizationp. 23
Inteeritp. 29
Purposep. 33
Collaborationp. 37
COnversationp. 43
Telling the Storyp. 49
Sharing the storyp. 55
Imaginationp. 59
To Lecture or Notp. 63
Humor in the Classroomp. 69
Crying Timep. 77
Conflictp. 85
Feminist Revolutionp. 91
Black, Female, and Academicp. 95
Learning Past the Hatep. 103
Honoring Teachersp. 111
Teachers against Teachingp. 117
Self-Esteemp. 121
The Joy of Readingp. 127
Intellectual Lifep. 135
Writing Books for Childrenp. 141
Spiritualityp. 147
Touchp. 153
To Love Againp. 159
Feminist Changep. 165
Moving Past Race and Genderp. 169
Talking Sexp. 177
Teaching as Prophetic Vocationp. 181
Practical Wisdomp. 185
Indexp. 189
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ISBN: 9780415968201
ISBN-10: 0415968208
Series: Bell Hooks Teaching Trilogy
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 198
Published: 15th September 2009
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.13 x 15.88  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.34
Edition Number: 1