Getting it Wrong from the Beginning: Our Progressivist Inheritance from Herbert Spencer, John Dewey, and Jean Piaget

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Yale University Press, 2002 - Education - 204 pages
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The ideas upon which public education was founded in the last half of the 19th century were wrong. Despite their continued dominance in educational thinking for a century and a half, these ideas are no more right today. So argues Kieran Egan, an educational theorist, in this study. Kieran Egan explains how we have come to take mistaken concepts about education for granted and why this dooms our attempts at educational reform.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
1 The Strange Case of Herbert Spencer
11
2 Learning According to Natures Plan
37
3 Development Progress and the Biologized Mind
79
4 The Useful Curriculum
115
5 Research Has Shown That
149
Conclusion
183
References
187
Index
199
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Kieran Egan, originally from Clonmel, Ireland, has published sixteen academic books. He holds two Ph.D.s in education, from Stanford & Cornell. He is a professor at Simon Fraser University & lives in Vancouver, British Columbia.

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