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Child-Centered Education


reviewed by Millie Almy 1971

coverTitle: Child-Centered Education
Author(s): Harold Entwistle
Publisher: Barnes and Noble, New York
ISBN: , Pages: 222, Year: 1970
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Too many youngsters in too many schools find life in American classrooms dull, boring, remotely related to the present-day world, and quite out of touch with future possibilities. The solution, according to many observers of the educational scene, lies in child-centered education. Ironically, the model is not a revitalized American progressive school, but the British infant school. Some observers feel no need for justification beyond the fact that the British classrooms they visit have a vitality that is strangely missing in many of their American counterparts. Those who are more inclined to relate practice to theory turn more often to Jean Piaget than to John Dewey. Citing both Dewey and Piaget but giving somewhat more attention to the former, Professor Entwistle raises many questions for those now espousing child-centered education. He notes that emphasis on the child has been a recurrent theme in educational literature for the past two centuries. Despite this fact, the educationist's notion of what constitutes child-centered education remains largely subjective. Rather than posing the "unreal... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 72 Number 3, 1971, p. 457-459
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 1700, Date Accessed: 10/20/2017 12:51:33 AM

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