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Van Dyk book published by Dordt Press

June 14, 2007

Van Dyk

A new book by John Van Dyk, Sioux Center, was recently published by Dordt College Press.

Fostering a Reflective Culture in the Christian School: The Maplewood Story, is a fictional account of one school’s effort to foster a reflective culture among its teachers and principals.

Van Dyk’s book is of interest to all who are interested in Christian education, but his target audience is teachers, administrators, school board members, and students preparing to be teachers.

The story is set in the fictitious Maplewood Christian School, where an educational consultant begins a year-long experiment in using the power of reflection to close the gap between vision and practice in Christian education.

In an engaging and conversational style, each of the 40 short chapters highlight an aspect of the typical school calendar: planning for the first day of school, curriculum committee meetings, school board retreat, parent-teacher conferences, prom, graduation, etc.

Dr. John Van Dyk is a professor of education emeritus at Dordt College, where he also served as the director of the Center for Educational Services. He has conducted seminars and workshops around the world and worked with teachers at all levels in scores of schools.

He has also written the books Letters to Lisa: Conversations with a Christian Teacher and The Craft of Christian Teaching: A Classroom Journey. Van Dyk has taught at elementary, middle school, secondary, undergraduate and graduate levels.

Fostering a Reflective Culture in the Christian School: The Maplewood Story is available at the Dordt College Bookstore and from major on-line booksellers.

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