Educating the Reflective Practitioner: Toward a New Design for Teaching and Learning in the Professions

Donald A. Schon, Author, Donald A. Schan, Author
Donald A. Schon, Author, Donald A. Schan, Author Jossey-Bass $36.95 (376p) ISBN 978-1-55542-025-3
Reviewed on: 02/01/1987
Release date: 02/01/1987
Doctors, architects, lawyers and engineers are all trained in schools that emphasize technique but neglect the key element of artistry that distinguishes the true professional. Today's professional is a drudge, mechanically applying privileged knowledge to rote tasks. That is Schon's diagnosis of higher education, and as a remedy he recommends learning by doing. To teach skills of improvisation and problem-framing, he feels our universities should borrow the methods used in art studios, dance conservatories, athletics coaching, craft appenticeships and psychoanalytic training. In all these settings, a dialogue between student and coach in a low-risk atmosphere encourages creativity. Despite its academic prose, this primer by an MIT urban studies professor will enlighten students, teachers and professionals. Schon concludes the book (a sequel to The Reflective Practitioner with a description of his attempt to create a ""studiolike'' curriculum for MIT's city planning courses. (July 15)
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