PDF | The Educated Mind offers a bold and revitalizing new vision for today’s uncertain educational system. Kieran Egan reconceives. Let me first say what I like about this fine book. Most books on education are stupefyingly boring; this book is anything but that. Egan is fun to read. The writing is. “Kieran Egan has one of the most original, penetrating, and capacious minds in education today. This book provides the best introduction to his important body.

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Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University’s proxy server Configure custom proxy use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy. The Educatwd Scientist June 28th. A Teacher’s Stopry, etc. Sign in to use this feature. Battling for the Soul of Education Moving beyond school reform to educational transformation: Egan sducated that recapitulating these stages is an alternative to the contradictions between the Platonic, Rousseauian and socialising goals of education.

Kieran Egan, originally from Clonmel, Ireland, has published sixteen academic books.

For more information, or to order this book, please visit https: History of Western Philosophy. The jokes were later published in the book Cosmico! It also spells out a new theory of education.

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The Educated Mind

Egan describes these ideas as:. Extremely clear and readable, this work provides a compelling vision for today’s uncertain educational system. Mythic understanding comes with the acquisition of language.

Egan argues in Chapter One that “these three ideas are mutually incompatible, and this is the primary cause of our long-continuing educational crisis”; [2] the present educational program in much of the West attempts to integrate all three of these incompatible ideas, resulting in a failure to effectively achieve any of the three.

The problem with this format is that one can scribble on interminably. Egan manages to do what most writers on education say they are trying to do, but rarely succeed, in that it is a genuinely creative blend of theory and practice.

The Educated Mind How Cognitive Tools Shape Our Understanding

There is much in this book to interest and excite those who discuss, research or deliver education. Richard Fox, British Journal of Educational Psychology “A fascinating and provocative study of cultural and linguistic history, and of how various kinds of understanding that can be distinguished in that history are recapitulated in the developing minds of children. In this way, as we shall see below, recapitulation provides a useful framework for rethinking the goals and methods of education and human development.

If you would like to see them you could also download them please click here:. A radical remedy for our children’s future. Maxine Greene – Retrieved from ” https: Plato maintains that knowledge drives human development.


Lee – – S. He proposes the use of particular “intellectual tools”—such as language or literacy—that shape how we make sense of the world. These mediating tools generate successive kinds of understanding: Assessment in Early Childhood Settings: Egan proposes a radical change of approach for the whole process of education.

The educated mind page The findings and recommendations of 3 decades of educatev. We can identify what is recapitulated in the development of an individual, then, not in terms of knowledge or psychological processes but in terms of mediating intellectual tools and the types of understanding they generate.

This article has no associated abstract. It is readily observable in the spontaneous discourse of children who are gaining command over a spoken language.

This individual process, he argues, mirrors, as a result of logical and psychological pressures, a related process in human cultural development.

I mentioned in the book that I had cut out a chapter as somewhat tangential to the main argument.