The Process of Education, Revised Edition

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Harvard University Press, Jun 30, 2009 - Education - 128 pages
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In this classic argument for curriculum reform in early education, Jerome Bruner shows that the basic concepts of science and the humanities can be grasped intuitively at a very early age. He argues persuasively that curricula should he designed to foster such early intuitions and then build on them in increasingly formal and abstract ways as education progresses. Bruner's foundational case for the spiral curriculum has influenced a generation of educators and will continue to be a source of insight into the goals and methods of the educational process.
 

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Contents

1 INTRODUCTION
1
2 THE IMPORTANCE OF STRUCTURE
17
3 READINESS FOR LEARNING
33
4 INTUITIVE AND ANALYTIC THINKING
55
5 MOTIVES FOR LEARNING
69
6 AIDS TO TEACHING
81
INDEX
93
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Jerome Seymour Bruner was born in Manhattan, New York on October 1, 1915. Born blind because of cataracts, he had an experimental operation to restore his vision at the age of 2. He received a degree in psychology from Duke University in 1937 and received a doctorate from Harvard University. His theories about perception, child development, and learning informed education policy and helped launch the cognitive revolution. He wrote or co-wrote several books including A Study of Thinking written with Jacqueline J. Goodnow and George A. Austin and The Process of Education. He helped design Head Start, the federal program introduced in 1965 to improve preschool development. He died on June 5, 2016 at the age of 100.

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