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Discontinuity in Learning: Dewey, Herbart and Education as Transformation Andrea English

Discontinuity in Learning: Dewey, Herbart and Education as Transformation

Andrea English

Published March 31st 2013
ISBN : 9781107025219
Hardcover
206 pages
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In this groundbreaking book, Andrea English challenges common assumptions by arguing that discontinuous experiences, such as uncertainty and struggle, are essential to the learning process. To make this argument, Dr. English draws from the works ofMoreIn this groundbreaking book, Andrea English challenges common assumptions by arguing that discontinuous experiences, such as uncertainty and struggle, are essential to the learning process. To make this argument, Dr. English draws from the works of two seminal thinkers in philosophy of education nineteenth-century German philosopher J. F. Herbart and American Pragmatist John Dewey. Englishs analysis considers Herbarts influence on Dewey, inverting the accepted interpretation of Deweys thought as a dramatic break from modern European understandings of education. Three key concepts - transformational learning, tact in teaching, and perfectibility - emerge from this analysis to revitalize our understanding of education as a transformational process. Dr. Englishs comparative approach interweaves European and Anglo-American traditions of educational thought with a contemporary scholarly perspective, contributing to a work that is both intellectually rewarding and applicable to a classroom setting. The result is a book that is essential reading for philosophers and scholars of education, as well as educators.