Search - List of Books by George Dennison

George Dennison (1925-1987) was an American novelist and short-story author best known for The Lives of Children, his account of the First Street School. He also wrote fiction, plays, and critical essays, most notably his novel Luisa Domic and a collection of shorter works, Pierrot and Other Stories. Having grown up in a suburb of Pittsburgh, he joined the Navy during World War II, attended the New School for Social Research on the GI Bill, and took graduate courses at New York University.

Although he devoted himself primarily to his art, he also taught school for a number of years, at all levels from preschool to high school. He trained at the New York Institute for Gestalt Therapy with Paul Goodman and later worked with severely disturbed children as a lay therapist and teacher. As an educator he promoted the idea that relationships, not instruction, promoted real learning. As such schools needed to be places where freedom of choice created the trust that allows for a full relationship between teachers and students. These ideas were considered radical because they questioned compulsory attendance and the focus on external student behavior to enhance student management. Since the focus on controlling student behavior interferes with relationship, his work suggests a preference for small schools and an implied criticism of large schools, especially in their ability to be effective with high risk students. He believe teaching was an art, not really a science and, as such, it was never technique that caused learning to occur, but rather the full complexity of individual relationships between students and teachers that were not reducible to the predictability of technique. Further, he felt that much of significant learning occurs strictly within the students individual motivation and between students, when the teachers are wise enough to stand aside and allow it to occur.

His plays were produced at the Hudson Church in New York and elsewhere, and his essays and fiction appeared in many periodicals. In the late Sixties George Dennison and his wife Mabel Chrystie, the founder of the First Street School, moved to rural Maine, where they raised three children.
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Total Books: 20
Gestaltpdagogik in Aktion
2006 - Gestaltpdagogik in Aktion (Other)
ISBN-13: 9783779500681
ISBN-10: 377950068X
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The Lives of Children  The Story of the First Street School
1999 - The Lives of Children the Story of the First Street School [Innovators in Education] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780867094831
ISBN-10: 0867094834
Genres: Parenting & Relationships, Nonfiction
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Luisa Domic and Shawno
1994 - Luisa Domic and Shawno (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781883642495
ISBN-10: 1883642493
Genre: Literature & Fiction
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And Then a Harvest Feast
1992 - And Then a Harvest Feast (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780374403775
ISBN-10: 0374403775
Genre: Children's Books
  • Currently 4.3/5 Stars.
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The Lives of Children The Story of the First Street School
1990 - The Lives of Children the Story of the First Street School [Classics in Child Development] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780201550450
ISBN-10: 0201550458
Genres: Health, Fitness & Dieting, Parenting & Relationships, Nonfiction
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
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Luisa Domic A Novel
1987 - Luisa Domic a Novel (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780060913854
ISBN-10: 0060913851
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A Tale of Pierrot and Other Stories
1987 - A Tale of Pierrot and Other Stories (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780060961695
ISBN-10: 0060961694
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
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Luisa Domic A novel
1985 - Luisa Domic a Novel (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780060154806
ISBN-10: 0060154802
Genre: Literature & Fiction
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
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Shawno
1984 - Shawno (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780805239171
ISBN-10: 0805239170
Genre: Literature & Fiction
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And Then a Harvest Feast
1975 - And Then a Harvest Feast (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780571106677
ISBN-10: 0571106676
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AND THEN HARVEST FEAST
1973 - And Then Harvest Feast (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780394926315
ISBN-10: 0394926315
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The Lives of Children The Story of the First Street School
1970 - The Lives of Children the Story of the First Street School (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780394708638
ISBN-10: 0394708636
Genre: Nonfiction
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A Tale of Pierrot and Other Stories
A Tale of Pierrot and Other Stories (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780060550790
ISBN-10: 0060550791
Genre: Literature & Fiction
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THE LIVES OF CHILDREN THE STORY OF THE FIRST STREET SCHOOL
The Lives of Children the Story of the First Street School [PENGUIN EDUCATION SPECIALS] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780140806908
ISBN-10: 0140806903
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Oilers and Sweepers and Other Stories
Oilers and Sweepers and Other Stories (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780394484167
ISBN-10: 0394484169
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And then a harvest feast
And Then a Harvest Feast (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780394826318
ISBN-10: 0394826310
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Yellowcake
Yellowcake (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780692000069
ISBN-10: 0692000062
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Shawno
Shawno [G.K. Hall large print book series] (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780816138760
ISBN-10: 0816138761
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An Existing Better World Notes On The Bread And Puppet Theater
Temple
Temple (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9781883642228
ISBN-10: 1883642221
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Literature & Fiction, Travel
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