Tuesday, January 11, 2011

E-Book of the Week: Future of Education

Egan, Kieran. Future of Education : Reimagining Our Schools from the Ground Up. New Haven, CT: Yale  University Press, 2008.

Egan, an avant-garde educational reformer, explores the three big ideas and aims of education—academic, social, and developmental growth—and exposes their flaws and fundamental incompatibility. He speaks to the idea of learning as the use of “cognitive tools” and proposes and describes a process called Imaginative Education that would take place over the next fifty years and dramatically change teaching and curriculum while delivering the skills and understanding that children need to acquire.  He states and gives examples that show that “the professional expertise of teachers … is tied up with their skill in knowing the subjects they teach and teaching them in a way that can engage the imaginations and emotions and humor of their students.”
Previewed by Joanne Helouvry, Head of Research & Instruction Services. Click here to read this book.

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