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On the Science and Culture of Learning - Kieran Egan

According to Kieran Egan, the reason “why so many research findings seem to have had no discernible beneficial impact on education is that most of the research on learning, development, and so on is not about education. 720 more words

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Progressivism and 'getting it wrong' in the history of Education

Introducing his Getting it Wrong From the Beginning: Our Progressivist Inheritance from Herbert Spencer, John Dewey, and Jean Piaget (2002), Kieran Egan writes:

During the late nineteenth century, the modern apparatus for schooling everyone was put in place… 904 more words

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Foregrounding the social situation of development

When our attention is drawn to the social situation of the child, Marilyn Fleer argues, teaching strategies and concepts shift vastly. She writes: “In the context of early childhood education, teachers who have an evolutionary rather than revolutionary gaze on the children they teach will enact a pedagogy that is static and not dialectical. 150 more words

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Children learn to read best by listening to people reading

“Children learn to talk by listening to people speaking, by comprehending what they hear, and by thus building a meaningful speaking vocabulary. In the same way they learn to read best by listening to people reading, by comprehending what they see (as they follow the text with their eyes), and by thus building a meaningful sight or reading vocabulary.” (15) 92 more words

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Ages, stages, and educational institutions

Children are given different social roles and responsibilities based on their perceived level of social competence rather than their age. Yet in many industrialized nations the age of children underpins the way we organize preschool, childcare and schools. 344 more words

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Educational theory: some notes and questions

I confess again, I don’t know where I took these notes, off whom or from where (I strongly suspect a lecture by Diti Hill)… but… I can’t be sure. 210 more words

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'Child development'?

More notes from I don’t know where (possibly from ‘Developmental fossils’ by Marilyn Fleer):

What is ‘Child development’?

Our conception of education is based on development; however, development is not conceived as continuous growing, but as an unfolding of latent powers toward a definite goal (completion, perfection)… … 165 more words

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