"The Having of Wonderful Ideas" and Other Essays on Teaching and Learning

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Teachers College Press, 2006 - Education - 208 pages
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In this revised Third Edition of her indispensable classic on Piaget and teaching, renowned educator and scholar Eleanor Duckworth provides a new introduction to her wide-ranging writings and adds a chapter on critical exploration in the classroom. While touching on many subjects - from science, math, and language to thinking, teaching, learning, evaluation, and teacher education - each of these essays supports the author's deeply felt belief that the having of wonderful ideas is the essence of intellectual development, and that the focus of education should be on the learner's point of view. Her constant concern is to encourage an approach to education that allows occasions for learners, whether children or teachers, to construct their own knowledge.

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Review: The Having of Wonderful Ideas: And Other Essays on Teaching and Learning

User Review  - Emily Freeman - Goodreads

I finally finished this book! It took forever - it's a very academic book, and the early essays were difficult for me to get through without losing concentration. But, I appreciated it partly because ... Read full review

Review: The Having of Wonderful Ideas: And Other Essays on Teaching and Learning

User Review  - Jonna Higgins-Freese - Goodreads

I didn't read the whole thing, but found the collection quite engaging. There was a lovely essay about using this method (of allowing students to interact with the material and draw their own ... Read full review


The Having of Wonderful Ideas
The Language and Thought of Piaget
Either Were Too Early and They Cant Learn

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Eleanor Duckworth is Professor of Education at Harvard University. She worked with Jean Piaget for more than two decades, as a student and colleague.

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