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Children's Ways of Knowing: Nathan Isaacs on Education, Psychology, and Piaget


reviewed by Judith Brook, David Brook 1976

coverTitle: Children's Ways of Knowing: Nathan Isaacs on Education, Psychology, and Piaget
Author(s): Mildred Hardeman
Publisher: John Wiley, New York
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Nathan Isaacs (1895-1966) was a pioneer British philosopher and psychologist who helped bring the work of Piaget to the attention of teachers in England. His work in association with Susan Isaacs at the Malting House School in Cambridge, and at the Department of Child Development of London University, is widely known throughout England. His major contributions were in two main areas. The first area concerns the idea that educators must adapt educational practice to the nature of the child, not the reverse as had been the case for so long. Isaacs feels that the child brings an eagerness to learn and a certain set of cognitive abilities to school, both of which are rapidly squelched by the usual teaching methods. Learning must occur through active involvement and integration of material into the child's pre-existing picture of the world. This sort of learning in school stems from the "living learning" the infant... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 77 Number 4, 1976, p. 673-675
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 1308, Date Accessed: 10/19/2017 10:51:11 AM

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