A Conception of Teaching by Nathaniel L. GageA Conception of Teaching by Nathaniel L. Gage

A Conception of Teaching

byNathaniel L. Gage

Paperback | December 10, 2008

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The Publisher notes with profound regret that Nathaniel "Nate" Lees Gage, a Stanford professor emeritus of education who has been called the "father of modern research on teaching," died Aug. 17 at Stanford Hospital. He was 91.After everything else has been done and provided-the money raised; the schools erected; the curricula developed; the administrators, supervisors, and teachers trained; the parents and other citizens consulted-we come to teaching, where all of it makes contact with students, and the teacher influences students' knowledge, understanding, appreciations, and attitudes in what we hope will be desirable ways. Teaching is well-nigh the point of the whole educational enterprise and establishment aimed at producing student learning.The literature of the behavioral and social sciences is full of theory and research on learning and memory. Teaching is comparatively a stepchild, neglected by those who have built a formidable body of theories of learning and memory. However, teaching is where learning and memory theory should pay off.A Conception of Teaching dedicates a chapter to each of the following important components: the need for a theory; the possibility of a theory; the evolution of a paradigm for the study of teaching; a conception of the process of teaching; a conception of the content of teaching; a conception of students' cognitive capabilities and motivations; a conception of classroom management; and the integration of these conceptions.Written in a highly accessible style, while maintaining a base in research, Dr. Nathaniel L. Gage presents A Conception of Teaching with clarity and well situated within current educational debates.
Title:A Conception of TeachingFormat:PaperbackDimensions:174 pagesPublished:December 10, 2008Publisher:Springer-Verlag/Sci-Tech/TradeLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Agenda.- A Need for a Conception of Teaching.- The Possibility of a Conception of Teaching.- The Evolution of a Paradigm for the Study of Teaching.- A Conception of the Process of Teaching.- A Conception of the Content of Teaching.- A Conception of Students' Cognitive Capabilities and Motivation.- A Conception of Classroom Management.- Integrating the Conceptions.

Editorial Reviews

Until now, no theory of teaching has existed. "A Conception of Teaching" is an important contribution toward that end. This is a unique work from a pre-eminent figure in the field of education and is certain to stimulate debate.I would recommend this new book, written by the father of the field of research on teaching, to all those involved in research on teaching and teacher education. -Dr. David C. BerlinerThe work of N.L. Gage offers exceptional insight and breadth of scholarship, brings considerations of theory to research on teaching, integrates the research in this area, and changes how one summarizes research on the topic.Expanding his original 1963 paradigm for research on teaching to include the 40 years of research completed since then, one of the most important figures in the field offers profound insight into teacher thought processes, the content of teaching, and student cognition. Gage brings all this work together, with scholarship and with care, providing a book only Gage could have written.I believe this work should be read by all those who are involved in the practice, research, and study of teaching.-Dr. Barak RosenshineThis is an exciting book and no one is better qualified to write on the theory of teaching. Nate Gage, a pre-eminent figure in the field, provides a comprehensive treatment of the topic and accomplishes a very significant task.The book will be of interest to all college teachers, and especially those working in the fields of educational psychology and teacher education. This is a major work from an outstanding scholar at the pinnacle of his career.-Dr. W.J. McKeachie