The Relevance of Education

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W. W. Norton & Company, Jan 17, 1971 - Education - 196 pages
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"Education is in a state of crisis. It has failed to respond to changing social needs—lagging behind rather than leading." The crisis that Jerome Bruner identifies in this volume admits of no easy solutions. But the noted American psychologist makes clear that educational reform must begin with the understanding of how a child acquires information and converts knowledge into action. Drawing on his current work on infant development, Bruner underscores the importance of formulating educational strategies that expand rather than constrict the skills of the young learner.

Since education takes place under conditions imposed by a technological society, Professor Bruner maintains that it is not enough to attempt reform through minor curriculum revisions. The program that fails to set knowledge within the context of action must be replaced. And to be truly relevant to our social needs, the scope of education must be extended toward overcoming the severe handicaps faced by children from impoverished areas.
 

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Contents

1 The Perfectibility of Intellect
3
2 Culture and Cognitive Growth
20
3 The Growth of Mind
52
4 Some Elements of Discovery
68
5 Toward a Disciplined Intuition
82
6 Culture Politics and Pedagogy
98
7 The Relevance of Skill or the Skill of Relevance
108
8 The Psychobiology of Pedagogy
118
9 Poverty and Childhood
132
References Cited
162
Selected Bibliography
169
Index
171
Back Cover
177
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Jerome Bruner is currently Research Professor of Psychology and Senior Research Fellow, School of Law at New York University.

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