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Freedom to Learn

(Studies of the Person)

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This is the text that championed a revolutionary approach to education that changed the way we teach our children. Now, in the Third Edition, its challenging the status quo with twenty years of evidence that defies current thinking. Five exciting new chapters focus on issues of importance now and in the future - learning from children who love school; researching person-ce ...more
Paperback, 3rd, 406 pages
Published January 21st 1994 by Pearson (first published 1969)
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Oct 03, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: edci-886
Difficulties and Opportunities

CHAPTER ONE, Why do kids love school?

* person-centered learning communities (i.e., HSPVA in Houston, TX)
* teachers as facilitators (guide on the side vs. sage on the sage)
* a community of learners (teachers, students, administrators, parents)
* alternative assessment (i.e., portfolios)
* innovation (Graham and Parks School, Cambridge, MA)
* non-competitive environment (The New Orleans Free School, Bob Ferris)
* shared responsibility (City Magnet, Lowell, MA; Tang
Erik Graff
May 30, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: educators
Recommended to Erik by: Ed-Psych professor
Shelves: psychology
I read quite a bit of Carl Rogers and B.F. Skinner in college, the representing antipodal perspectives, Rogers being the libertarian, Skinner the manipulator. Skinner was at once offensive yet challenging. Rogers was much more sympathetic, but usually boring. This particular book, however, read for Educational Psychology class, was more interesting than the others, probably because the idea of liberty in elementary classrooms was something I still hadn't thought much about.
Brian Huskie
Aug 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The thread that runs through every so-called "radical" book I read on education is "freedom". Give kids (or adults) freedom, time, and opportunity, and they will thrive. This book discusses ways to provide that even in more inflexible, institutional environments.
Robb Lightfoot
Mar 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
What can I say.... I read this my first year in teaching, a good 25 years ago, and it framed what I hold most dear. Learning should be fun. Learners should be given latitude in what they study. The rest is commentary.
Don M.
Mar 05, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Teachers, students and those who care about learning
Shelves: education
This is the book that opened my eyes to the essence of teaching and learning. It explained why I didn't truly become a learner until I left my formal education. It may be dated a bit, but the essential message still rings true. A classic in humanistic education. I read the first edition.
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"Experience is, for me, the highest authority. The touchstone of validity is my own experience. No other person's ideas, and none of my own ideas, are as authoritative as my experience. It is to experience that I must return again and again, to discover a closer approximation to truth as it is in the process of becoming in me." -Carl Rogers, On Becoming a Person


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Studies of the Person (1 - 10 of 17 books)
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  • A Sense of Community
  • Humanistic Psychology: Conversations With Abraham Maslow, Gardner Murphy, Carl Rogers
  • The onion sandwich principle, and other essays on classroom management (Studies of the person)
  • Learning to Feel-Feeling to Learn: Humanistic Education for the Whole Man
  • Risk, Trust, Love: Learning in a Humane Environment
  • Teachers Can Make A Difference
  • Education and the Personal Quest
  • Values in an Age of Confrontation: A Symposium Sponsored by the Religion in Education Foundation
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