Philosophy, Psychology, & Pedagogy Books

This list includes books specific to philosophical, psychological, and pedagogical aspects of education. The ideas in these books give teachers the ability to create their own views on education, teaching, and learning. You’ll notice that I’ve included drastically differing ideologies here – it’s because I’m still working on my own philosophy of education.

  • The Skillful Teacher: On Technique, Trust, and Responsiveness in the Classroom by Stephen D. Brookfield
  • In Search of Understanding: The Case for the Constructivist Classroom by Jacqueline Grennon Brooks & Martin G. Brooks
  • Discipline with Dignity: New Challenges, New Solutions by Richard L. Curwin*
  • Other People’s Children: Cultural Conflict in the Classroom by Lisa Delpit*
  • Democracy and Education by John Dewey*
  • Experience and Education by John Dewey*
  • Teaching with Love and Logic: Taking Control of the Classroom by Jim Fay
  • Pedagogy of the Oppressed by Paulo Friere*
  • Frames of Mind: The Theory of Multiple Intelligences by Howard Gardner*
  • The Unschooled Mind: How Children Think and How Schools Should Teach by Howard Gardner*
  • Teaching to Transgress: Education as the Practice of Freedom by Bell Hooks*
  • Savage Inequalities: Children in America’s Schools by Jonathan Kozol*
  • The Shame of the Nation: The Restoration of Apartheid Schooling in America by Jonathan Kozol
  • Knowing and Teaching Elementary Mathematics: Teachers’ Understanding of Fundamental Mathematics in China and the United States by Liping Ma
  • The Montessori Method by Maria Montessori*
  • The Courage to Teach: Exploring the Inner Landscape of a Teacher’s Life by Parker J. Palmer*
  • The Death and Life of the Great American School System: How Testing and Choice Are Undermining Education by Diane Ravitch*
  • Far from the Tree: Parents, Children, and the Search for Identity by Andrew Solomon*
  • Teaching for Dissent: Citizenship Education and Political Activism by Sarah Stitzlein*
  • “Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?”: A Psychologist Explains the Development of Racial Identity by Beverly Daniel Tatum*
  • What Great Teachers Do Differently: Fourteen Things That Matter Most by Todd Whitaker

*Books I plan on reading.


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