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The Unschooled Mind: How Children Think And How Schools Should Teach

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Merging cognitive science with educational agenda, Gardner shows how ill-suited our minds and natural patterns of learning are to current educational materials, practices, and institutions, and makes an eloquent case for restructuring our schools. This reissue includes a new introduction by the author.
Paperback, 320 pages
Published June 2nd 1993 by Basic Books (first published 1991)
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More apprenticeship/exposure for kids to the real world at their earliest school-ages. Standardized testing compartmentalizes unique free beings...
Howard Gardner's idea of teaching students to understand rather then just briefly explaining a subject I do like. Also how he feels we need to form our schools like a museum based study to get the students mentally and physically involved in their learning. I do not particularly care for his ideas of national standard curriculum even then leading to a world-wide one. I feel that schools know their students best and should be able to decide how they teach them. Reading it for an argumentation pie ...more
Gardner makes a solid case for reforming schools by breaking the traditional mold and starting from scratch following an 'unschooled' approach to learning. The problem is that most people don't give education more than a passing glance. Schools haven't really changed in a hundred plus years, and they aren't about to start now. Unfortunate for all the millions of of who pass through the system.

P 140 Educational researcher Linda McNeil has helped to elucidate the conflicts engendered by such a sys
Rory Foster
The book starts with a nice summary of types of learning and the way that children of different ages learn differently. Discussion of the gap between schooled learning and "understanding" is also interesting, as are some of the author's ideas about harnessing apprenticeships and museum-like environments. However, I thought a lot of the reform discussion was pretty abstracted or over-simplified. Also, although the book is billed as useful for parents (and in many ways, I agree), the main target s ...more
Mar 12, 2009 Crystal marked it as to-read
Howard Gardener. As in: Multiple intelligences, who changed the way education is viewed. Can't wait to read this one.
The main key in here led my research for my thesis - we need to teach for genuine understanding.
Nice overview of educational policy and a few new reform ideas!
I really enjoyed the concepts presented in this book and the conclusions the author reached. However the author overly articulated his point and never gave consideration for homeschooling to be a possible venue to implement his ideas. If he had edited this down to 150 pages, this would have been a much better read. Still worth skimming if you are interested in outside the box ideas and concrete plans on how to bring them about as regards education.
Oct 04, 2015 Ietrio rated it 1 of 5 stars
Shelves: junk
I was expecting something else. Something well done. Yet this book is written like one of those nuts that generate bad logic to explain their medieval fears against the vaccines. Also, lots of "notorious" people have worked with the author to produce this unstructured list of remarks.
Teaching so that students truly understand a concept is difficult, and apparently not done as often as we think it is. In the artificial world of tests and grading, an "A" doesn't necessarily mean the student could explain, apply, and develop a concept in real life. Gardner spends a lot of time discussing an infant's mental development and how we develop commonsense ideas about the world that stubbornly resist later academic learning. Scientific concepts (this part went totally over my head), se ...more
Filipe Dias
Enjoyable and interesting. Brings questions to the role and purpose of Education, Teaching and Learning, in society and on a personal stance, bridging different points of view and outcomes and difficulties.
Yet, it seemed a bit vague and repetitive, feeling that points taken could be summed much quicker, opening space for related subjects that would back up the ideas portrayed.
In a sense, it's more based on ideology than on studies performed on the subjects addressed. Biological, sociological, hi
I think there are more accessible summaries of cognitive development: Brain Rules for Baby, A Thousand Days of Wonder
Susan Striepe
This book should ideally be read with Piaget and Vygotsky. The three make a complementary trilogy. Gardner also introduces the idea that mental growth and development is not a uniform and regulated process. Although this book was written much later than his "Multiple Intelligences", it can expand one's understanding of multiple intelligences and "Multiple Intelligences" can in turn help explain why mental development is so irregular.
I like his theory on bring back apprenticeships - beginning in late elementary school and middle school. I would love to see this implemented in a formal setting (as opposed to homeschooling and setting it up yourself). Not too keen on his favorable opinion of forgoing phonics for whole language, but we all make mistakes.
It is what it is... and because the class I read it for I would only give one star, I fear that upon its completion I am sadly left only as a traditional learner of Gardner's great work and can only give it 3 stars.
I can't get into this one right now. I have found myself having to reread parts and I am still like "what?" Maybe once I put my "school" brain back in since it is currently in summertime mode.
I've been reading this book and had to return it to the library - but it was really interesting - at some point I'm going to check it out again.
Crystal Milliken
This book was short and simple. I don't agree with everything he says but presents a lot of good observations and ideas to think about.
This was a pretty dry read. The beginning was very slow, but there were a couple of take-aways later on.
Mar 21, 2012 Sally marked it as to-read
Shelves: own, homeschool
I don't think this book is about what I thought it was about...
Classic educational theory.
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Howard Gardner is the John H. and Elisabeth A. Hobbs Professor of Cognition and Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. He also holds positions as Adjunct Professor of Psychology at Harvard University and Senior Director of Harvard Project Zero. Among numerous honors, Gardner received a MacArthur Prize Fellowship in 1981. He has received honorary degrees from 26 colleges and univers ...more
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