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Educating Adolescents


by Kieran Egan 2008

The prolonged schooling of modern Western societies has posed special challenges for the education of adolescents, that is, those people who are neither children nor adults. Conventional approaches and structures (e.g., begin with the known, the local, the concrete) have been demonstrably unsuccessful, yet continue to be regularly employed. In this chapter Kieran Egan advocates dramatically different strategies based on examining what actually engages the imaginations of adolescents (e.g., electronic games, MTV videos, Archie comics) and adapting some of the same tactics in efforts to educate young people.


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This article originally appeared as NSSE Yearbook Vol 107. No. 1.


Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 110 Number 13, 2008, p. 274-283
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 18477, Date Accessed: 12/12/2017 5:07:10 AM

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  • Kieran Egan
    Simon Fraser University
    KIERAN EGAN is a professor of education at Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, BC, Canada. His most recent book is The Future of Education: Re-imagining the School from the Ground Up (2008). His other books include The Educated Mind: How Cognitive Tools Shape Our Understanding (1997) and An Imaginative Approach to Teaching (2005).
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