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ISBN: 0300110464
Author: Kieran Egan
Language: English
Publisher: Yale University Press (September 23, 2008)
Pages: 208
Category: Schools & Teaching
Subcategory: Formation
Rating: 4.4
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Kieran Egan is professor of education, Simon Fraser University, and author of Getting It Wrong from the Beginning. He divides the future of education in years -from 2010 to 2060- and goes decade by decade to show the reconstruction of education.

Kieran Egan is professor of education, Simon Fraser University, and author of Getting It Wrong from the Beginning. He lives in Vancouver. A fascinating book on education reform in the twenty-first century.

Kieran Egan, a prize-winning scholar and innovative thinker, does not rail against teachers, administrators, or politicians for the failures of the school

Kieran Egan, a prize-winning scholar and innovative thinker, does not rail against teachers, administrators, or politicians for the failures of the school. Instead he argues that education today is built on a set of mutually exclusive goals that are destined to defeat our best efforts.

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This engaging book presents a frontal attack on current forms of schooling and a radical rethinking of the whole .

This engaging book presents a frontal attack on current forms of schooling and a radical rethinking of the whole education process. Kieran Egan, a prize-winning scholar and innovative thinker, does not rail against teachers, administrators, or politicians for the failures of the school. Egan explores the three big ideas and aims of education-academic, social, and developmental growth-and exposes their flaws and fundamental incompatibility.

2008 The Future of Education: Reimaging Our Schools from the Ground Up. Yale University Press, New Haven, CT. ISBN 978-0-300-11046-3. 2010 Learning in Depth: A Simple Innovation that Can Transform Schooling. University of Chicago Press, Chicago, IL. ISBN 978-0-226-19043-3. This engaging book presents a frontal attack on current forms of schooling and a radical rethinking of the whole education process.

Getting it wrong from the beginning: Our progressivist inheritance from Herbert Spencer, John Dewey, and Jean . The future of education: Reimagining our schools from the ground up. K Egan. Yale University Press, 2008.

Getting it wrong from the beginning: Our progressivist inheritance from Herbert Spencer, John Dewey, and Jean Piaget. Yale University Press, 2004. La comprensión de la realidad en la educación infantil y primaria.

Future Primary School Teachers Attitudes toward Intercultural and Bilingual Education in Primary Schools. Vlasta Hus, Polona Jančič Hegediš.

AUTHORS: Karynne L. M. Kleine, Julia K. Metzker. KEYWORDS: Imaginative Education; Undergraduate Curriculum; Faculty Development; Higher Education. JOURNAL NAME: Creative Education, Vo. N. A, October 23, 2012. Future Primary School Teachers Attitudes toward Intercultural and Bilingual Education in Primary Schools. 916221 189 Downloads 357 Views Citations.

This engaging book presents a frontal attack on current forms of schooling and a radical rethinking of the whole education process. Kieran Egan, a prize-winning scholar and innovative thinker, does not rail against teachers, administrators, or politicians for the failures of the school. Instead he argues that education today is built on a set of mutually exclusive goals that are destined to defeat our best efforts.

Egan explores the three big ideas and aims of education—academic, social, and developmental growth—and exposes their flaws and fundamental incompatibility. He then proposes and describes a process called Imaginative Education that would dramatically change teaching and curriculum while delivering the skills and understanding that we all want our children to acquire. His speculative narrative of education from 2010 to 2060—executed with wit and verve—shows how we might very well get there from here.

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Gavirim
At a time when education has everybody confused, Egan brings in fresh and concrete ideas for the class room. His backwards approach is slightly difficult to grasp but as the book proceeds we see a scientific approach on education.
The basic idea of a school is challenged when he writes of the "skhole" in ancient Greece that was a place where literature,music,mathematics,cosmology and geography were studied at leisure. This place soon became a place of study for the young people. The schools in the later years became structures where learning occurred for a specific purpose - to make one virtuous person.
Egan bases his his book on the incompatibility of the three ideas of socialization , Plato's academic idea and Rousseau's developmental idea. He explains the problem in education rises because people use these ideas differently.
He gives diverse examples in different situations to demonstrate the fundamental flaws in the education system.He provides solutions for education by showing means by which this education system can be made successful-by using cognitive tools. For instance, he says the education imparted in schools must be related to the student's immediate reality or environment for the student to experience education.
He divides the future of education in years -from 2010 to 2060- and goes decade by decade to show the reconstruction of education. A fascinating book on education reform in the twenty-first century.
Kea
This latest book by Kieran Egan reviews and expands on his earlier pubications. His ideas concerning how to best educate our children are presented clearly and enthusiastically. The vital importance of stories and imagination are reinforced. The only difficulty I had was the somewhat uncomfortable perspective of looking back from the future. Perhaps that is the best way to present the material, but it made me uncomfortable. Then again, perhaps being uncomfortable is an intentional technique to awaken us from our current way of looking at education. I rate this book as 4 3/4.
Thank you Kieran.
Mr_Mole
I recommend this book to all those educators who seek to inspire their students but more so to the politicians who use education as a way of denigrating teachers and making education as something that is measured by tests of literacy and numeracy. There is more to an educated person that recapitulation. For that we have encyclopaedias.
MrDog
I couldn't get into this book at all. Very boring to me and I would not have purchased it if my professor didn't have it in the syllabus.
Hanelynai
Egan has created a thought-experiment in his book: what would education look like if it was based on wonder, emotion, and the recognition that depth of knowledge is more important than breadth? The book is split into two sections. The first is a theoretical overview of his theory of how the mind works, while the second is an application of his theory in the form of a "future history" of education, 2010-2060, using his principles. The first half of the book is very academic (though well-laced with helpful examples), whereas the second half weaves journal entries, blogs, and "non-fiction" prose in the exploration of how imaginative education (IE) could work in our schools.

It's a bit of a mind-blowing ride. He clearly differentiates between traditional methods of teaching (what we see today in America with the importance of standardised tests, teacher accountability, and the testing of knowledge as a driving factor) and alternative, or "progressive", methods of teaching (student-centered learning, perhaps referring to Montessori, or perhaps free schools such as Sudbury Valley and Summerhill). His "third way" is simply described as an amalgamation of both, though this would be an unfair generalisation. Imaginative education, as far as I understood it, takes students through interdisciplinary units of study one year at a time. But more than that, it's important (Egan says) to recognise that the human mind uses five different "operating systems" in sequence: somatic, mythic, romantic, philosophic, and ironic. Each of these stages are roughly analogous to stages of growth: somatic would be early childhood, mythic would be elementary, romantic would be puberty, philosophic would be late adolescence, and ironic would be adulthood.

So, we have interdisciplinary units of study whereby all of our traditional disciplinary silos are handled through one overreaching theme. Studying "wind," for instance, might cover the use of wind as a power generator, method of travel (and by extension an exploration of the history of ships, trade routes, etc.), mathematical and physical calculations of windspeed, stories in which wind are important, and so on. What's important about imaginative education is not just presenting these as related topics, but getting students to become emotionally and intellectually interested in these topics so that 1) they want to learn, and 2) they remember what they've learned. There are examples of how this works throughout the book: if I were to tell you that "New Jersey" is a modern form of "New Caesar", you might look at me oddly, then forget the fact. But if I took you through the process for how "Caesar" came to be "Jersey", as Egan does in his book, you'll not easily forget the fact.

In addition to these units of study, students are given a topic of study in kindergarten, and they pursue this interest up until the time they graduate. This was the part of the book that was simultaneously most interesting to me (as a "progressive") and the most worrying. I think it's a terrific idea, and I myself advocate for the need for students to be given large chunks of time in school to become experts in fields that are interesting to them, but there lies the rub: who decides what these students pursue throughout their educational careers? Some examples from the book include "dust", "apples", and "leaves". Now, maybe this is irrelevant to me as an outsider looking in, but if I wanted to become an expert on dust, I would *choose* to do so. I don't know how I feel about forcing this choice upon children. I also don't know how children themselves would feel about choosing their own topics; would a twelfth-grader look back with embarrassment about choosing "hair" or "spiders"?

That's the only niggle in the back of my mind -- I'd love to hear from Egan (or another imaginative educationist) how the problem of topic selection would be surmounted. I mean, if a child was given a topic that only lasted for a year, or two years, perhaps this issue might not be that important, but Egan notes that it would be amazing to see children graduating from high school as experts in their field of study, and two years isn't enough to become an authority in a field.

I should add that this is a niggle because I think that this program is absolutely fascinating, and this balance between traditional and progressive modes of education is something that has universal appeal. It's worthwhile for parents to read this, certainly those who homeschool, and I think it would also be an important book for those who are early childhood educators or who are interested in ECE. (This includes elementary education.) I'm very much looking forward to reading his next book, Learning in Depth: A Simple Innovation That Can Transform Schooling, as it looks like it is focused on the twelve-year-long topic of study.

Great book, thought-provoking, well-written. I heartily recommend it.
Zargelynd
"The Future of Education" is on the ROROTOKO list of cutting-edge intellectual nonfiction. Professor Egan's book interview ran here as a cover feature on January 27, 2009.

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