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On Trying To Teach


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Preface: On Essay Teaching. Introduction: Beginnings. Part I: The School of Soft Knocks. The Furor to Teach. The Unknown Student. Gulliver at Home and Abroad. On Teacherly Versatility. The Warp and the Woof. On Creativity, Discipline, and Other Desiderata. A Concise History of Teaching. Concise Addendum to a Concise History of Teaching. Part II: A Gentle Symbiosis: The Student and the Teacher. On New and Old Beginnings. Gumbel's Gambit. Hidden Questions. On Catching Burrs. A Brief Case of Hidden-Question Chasing. More on the Besetting Challenges of Hidden-Question Catching. Some Added Questions on the Question of What Attention to Hidden Questions Is Good For. On Passing Events. Other Clues to Hidden Questions. On Purple Trees, Purple Cows, Telling Right from Wrong, and Bearing the Distresses of Being Wrong. More Reflections on the Nature of Hidden Questions. Once More Backward. On the Importance of Being a Bit Off. On Trying to Teach in Large Groups as Well as Small, or Almost as Well. On Finding Three-Ring Circuses and on Other Merits of Tending to Hidden Questions. Afterword: Studenthood. Other Thoughts on Assessing Teaching.

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The author of Self Inquiry (Analytic Press, 1989) and HIdden Questions, Clinical Musings (Analytic Press, 1995), M. Robert Gardner, M.D., is a founder and training analyst of the Psychoanalytic Institute of New England.


"This witty, introspective, provocative collection of essays should be required reading for anyone involved in teaching."- F. X. Fusso, Choice"[F]or this human and peripatetic conversation, as provocatively and perceptively about psychoanalysis as it is about teaching, we can feel deeply grateful."- James McLaughlin, M.D., International Journal of Psychoanalysis

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