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Primary Understanding: Education in Early Chilhood


reviewed by Richard Morehouse 1989

coverTitle: Primary Understanding: Education in Early Chilhood
Author(s): Kieran Egan
Publisher: University of Chicago Press, Chicago
ISBN: 0226190323, Pages: 122, Year: 1988
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Primary Understanding and Teaching as Storytelling together make an elegant call for rethinking early education and a beginning place for rethinking education generally (Primary- Understanding is the first of a four-book series, with each focusing on a different age group and curriculum approach). To better understand Egan’s challenges to education, a brief look at each work will provide a starting point for an exploration of the implications of this line of thought. Teaching as Storytelling is directed toward the classroom teacher who is interested in understanding the classroom as well as making some changes in the classroom. It presents “an alternative approach to planning teaching.“1 The first part of the book makes a brief but well-stated case for storytelling as curriculum organizer and including some well-developed examples of the uses of storytelling in curriculum planning. Chapter 1 challenges the ad hoc principles on which we build our implicit theories of classroom... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 91 Number 2, 1989, p. 271-273
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 438, Date Accessed: 10/18/2017 11:05:46 AM

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