Primary Understanding: Education in Early Childhood

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Routledge, 2012 - Education - 287 pages
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Beginning with descriptions of the ways in which children make sense of their experience and the world, such as fantasy, stories and games, Egan constructs his argument that constituting this foundational layer are sets of cultural sense-making capacities, reflected in oral cultures throughout the world. Egan sees education as the acquisition of these sets of sense-making capacities, available in our culture, and his goal is to conceptualize primary education in a way that over comes the dichotomy between progressivisim and traditionalism, attending both the needs of the individual child and the accumulation of knowledge.

 

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Contents

Introduction
1
1 Some educational implications of childrens fantasy
11
2 The domestication of the sauvage mind
47
3 The story form and the organization of meaning
96
4 Some further characteristics of mythic understanding
130
Some comments on theory
164
6 A curriculum for primary education
191
7 A framework for primary teaching
231
Conclusion
253
Notes
262
Bibliography
267
Index
281
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Kieran Egan, originally from Clonmel, Ireland, has published sixteen academic books. He holds two Ph.D.s in education, from Stanford & Cornell. He is a professor at Simon Fraser University & lives in Vancouver, British Columbia.

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