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The School as a Home for the Mind

The School as a Home for the Mind
Creating Mindful Curriculum, Instruction, and Dialogue

Second Edition
  • Arthur L. Costa - Professor Emeritus, California State University, Sacramento, Institute for Intelligent Behavior, Co-founder

Foreword by Robin Fogarty

December 2007 | 272 pages | Corwin
Compiled to celebrate Arthur L. Costa's distinguished career, The School As a Home for the Mind, Second Edition assembles under one cover the author's best thinking about the teaching of thinking. Costa explains why educators need to integrate explicit thinking instruction into daily lessons, how such instruction can take place, and what thinking and the teaching of thinking looks like and sounds like. He also discusses the curricular changes that accompany the introduction of teaching for, of, and about thinking. This expanded edition includes Costa's recent articles incorporating the latest theory, research, and practice about the teaching of thinking.
Foreword by Robin Fogarty
About the Author
Part I. The School as a Home for the Mind: A Vision of Mindfulness
1. The School as a Home for the Mind
2. Aesthetics: Where Thinking Originates
3. Habits of Mind: Learnings That Last
4. Launching Self-Directed Learners, With Bena Kallick
Part II. The Mind-Full Curriculum
5. Maturing Outcomes, With Robert J. Garmston
6. Mapping Forward
7. Changing Curriculum Means Changing Your Mind
8. Teaching for, of, and About Thinking
9. Five Thoughts for a More Though-Full Curriculum
Part III. Mindful Dialogue
10. Through the Lens of a Critical Friend, With Bena Kallick
11. Cognitive Coaching: Conversations That Mediate Self-Directedness, With Robert J. Garmston
12. Norms of Collaboration: Attaining Communicative Competence, With William Baker and Stanley Shalit
13. Getting Into the Habit of Reflection, With Bena Kallick
Part IV. Toward Mindful Instruction
14. What Goes on in Your Head When You Teach?
15. Do You Speak Cogitare?
16. Teacher Behaviors That Enable Student Thinking
17. Mediating the Metacognitive
Part V. The Mindful School: A Re-Vision
18. Creating a Culture of Mindfulness
19. Mind Workers Unite!

"Art Costa has done more than anyone I can think of to advance the practical cause of more thoughtful education."

David Perkins, Professor of Education
Harvard University

“To read the myriad ideas in this robust collection, the reader is soon privy to a noble and notable vision of schooling in which mindfulness permeates the metaphorical walls of the school and all of its structural components: the curriculum, the instruction, and the reflective practices of those immersed in the vision.”

From the Foreword by Robin Fogarty

"What is the next best thing to having the opportunity to be in one of Art Costa's presentations? It is clearly the opportunity to read and reread his work. He has a knack for making the theoretical understandable and the practical 'practice-able.'"

Bena Kallick, Educational Consultant

"Presents fascinating and vital information that lays a strong foundation for the teaching of thinking, something that is badly needed today. It will have a broad appear in both the education and business worlds. I'm amazed at how much I've learned from reading it!"

Charles F. Adamchik Jr., Corporate Curriculum Director
Learning Sciences International

Useful subject matter for trainees and early childhood

Dr Chelle Oldham
School of Education (Ayr), University of the West of Scotland
November 16, 2020

Useful resource very pertinent.

Mrs Rhiannon Love
Teacher Development, Winchester University
May 21, 2015

This book has had such a profound impact on my approach to designing my course ware. I have recommended it to my colleagues as well as to the staff at the Department for curriculum Design and Development.

Dr Bernadine Benson
Forensic Investigation Dept, University of South Africa
April 30, 2014

Useful, but specific to curriculum areas. Interesting approach to links between interrelations between home, school and individuals.

Jane Jackson
Educational Psychology , The Open University
February 25, 2010

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