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The Educated Mind: How Cognitive Tools Shape Our Understanding


reviewed by Shawn M. Rowe & James V. Wertsch — 1999

coverTitle: The Educated Mind: How Cognitive Tools Shape Our Understanding
Author(s): Kieran Egan
Publisher: University of Chicago Press, Chicago
ISBN: 0226190366 , Pages: 299, Year: 1997
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In the spirit of rethinking school reform by rethinking our assumptions about what we learn and how learning occurs, Kieran Egan presents the problems of education in the United States today as stemming from an incoherent conception of purposes. In his view, education is plagued by a lack of clarity concerning three mutually incompatible goals: socialization, the acquisition of knowledge, and the fulfillment of personal potential—goals Egan associates with ideas outlined by Durkheim, Plato, and Rousseau, respectively. His solution is not to throw out the goals, but to reconceive education as the development of successive types of understanding (“somatic,” “mythic,” “romantic,” “philosophic,” and “ironic”), each made possible by the mastery of a particular set of cognitive tools, especially linguistic ones. In this sense, Egan is a part of what some have called the “discursive turn,” with its focus on the positive and negative roles of language in shaping human interaction... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 101 Number 2, 1999, p. 267-269
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 10687, Date Accessed: 10/18/2017 9:06:01 AM

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