This book is an argument for educational reform as well as an exploration into the workings of the human mind. The author shows how ill-suited our minds and natural patterns of learning are to current educational materials, practices and institutions. Gardner makes a case for restructuring our schools, finding clues for reform in the ancient art ...
This book is an argument for educational reform as well as an exploration into the workings of the human mind. The author shows how ill-suited our minds and natural patterns of learning are to current educational materials, practices and institutions. Gardner makes a case for restructuring our schools, finding clues for reform in the ancient art of apprenticeship and in the modern children's museum, arguing that in both these settings genuine understanding occurs because learning takes place in a rich and meaningful context. This book is the sequel to the author's earlier book "Frames of Mind".
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Publishers Weekly, 1991-08-16 The failings of schools have been discussed and analyzed from a dazzling array of perspectives. In this study, the author, a professor at the Harvard School of Education and a practitioner of cognitive science based on a theory of multiple intelligences, adopts a credibly innovative approach, contending that even when a school appears to succeed, ``it typically fails to achieve its most important missions.'' The root flaw, as he views it, is a lack of ``genuine understanding''--as opposed to ``acceptable mastery''--on the student's part. Gardner sees access to better education in the alliance of three potential teammates: the intuitive preschooler, the traditional older child working through a curriculum, and an expert/teacher capable of extending skills and understandings in new ways. One answer to why so many students lose their enthusiasm for school is found here, as well as promising proposals for school reform, like museum collaborations and apprenticeship projects. Gardner's study offers a wealth of material for significant school restructuring. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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