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The Culture of Education

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What we don't know about learning could fill a book--and it might be a schoolbook. In a masterly commentary on the possibilities of education, the eminent psychologist Jerome Bruner reveals how education can usher children into their culture, though it often fails to do so. Applying the newly emerging "cultural psychology" to education, Bruner proposes that the mind reache ...more
Paperback, 240 pages
Published April 25th 1997 by Harvard University Press (first published January 1st 1996)
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Feb 04, 2011 Courtney rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: educators at all levels
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I'm not sure why anyone would pick this book up unless they are researching Social Reconstruction Ideology or the psychology of qualitative/narrative versus quantitative research. Bruner spends a lot of time defending the importance of culture when interpretting and conveying meaning. Although he tries to conceptualize his stance in a way that the "everyman" can understand, there were several passages that were simply over my head. All in all, however, his argument in a nut shell is that culture ...more
Jan 01, 2014 Matthew rated it really liked it
While this book represents the worst kind of academic reading, by the end of it Bruner makes several strong points.
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A great book on education written in a beautiful language Bruner is well-known for.
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Jerome Seymour Bruner is an American psychologist predominately in the fields of developmental, educational, and legal psychology, and is one of the pioneers of the cognitive psychology movement in the United States. He is a senior research fellow at the New York University School of Law. He received his B.A. in 1937 from Duke University and his Ph.D. from Harvard University in 1941. During World ...more
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“Being able to "go beyond the information" given to "figure things out" is one of the few untarnishable joys of life. One of the great triumphs of learning (and of teaching) is to get things organised in your head in a way that permits you to know more than you "ought" to. And this takes reflection, brooding about what it is that you know. The enemy of reflection is the breakneck pace - the thousand pictures.” 16 likes
“In sum, then, "thinking about thinking" has to be a principal ingredient of any empowering practice of education.” 10 likes
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