The Having of Wonderful Ideas: And Other Essays on Teaching and Learning


reviewed by Susan Pass - January 12, 2007

coverTitle: The Having of Wonderful Ideas: And Other Essays on Teaching and Learning
Author(s): Eleanor Duckworth
Publisher: Teachers College Press, New York
ISBN: 0807747300 , Pages: 224, Year: 2006
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The "Having of Wonderful Ideas" and Other Essays on Teaching and Learning is a delightfully charming book that explains complex genetic epistemology (e.g., Jean Piaget) in a very reader-friendly manner. In many ways, especially when it comes to synopsizing Piaget's experiments, the analysis is more clearly written than what Piaget himself wrote. The author also reveals little known facts about Piaget's genetic epistemology as she writes about what good teaching should be. Most accomplished teachers would agree with the author's major premise that one has to get to know one's students (and their learning proclivities) before being able to teach them well. What separates Eleanor Duckworth from the rest of the pack is that she does this in a thoroughly Piagetian way. Basically, Duckworth argues that it is only through constructivist-based education (where one is prompted to explain how one learns) that one really learns. According to Piaget and Duckworth, people learn... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: January 12, 2007
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