PDF | The Educated Mind offers a bold and revitalizing new vision for today’s uncertain educational system. Kieran Egan reconceives. Let me first say what I like about this fine book. Most books on education are stupefyingly boring; this book is anything but that. Egan is fun to read. The writing is. “Kieran Egan has one of the most original, penetrating, and capacious minds in education today. This book provides the best introduction to his important body.

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I’ll begin with some bits from reviews. Below this section tue barely licensed egomania, you can explore discussion of the book, read its Introduction, download bits and pieces, etc. Pages to import images to Wikidata.

During this stage children make sense of the world by dividing it into black and white. Bruner – – Harvard University Mimd. Extremely clear and readable, this work provides a compelling vision for today’s uncertain educational system. Thus, he describes his theory as a “cultural recapitulation” theory, taking care to differentiate it from the conceptions of recapitulation common in the late 19th century and early 20th century.

The Educated Mind

University of Chicago PressDec 1, – Education – pages. He proposes the use of particular “intellectual tools”—such as language or literacy—that shape how we make sense of the world. The Culture of Education. There is much in this book to interest and excite those who discuss, research or deliver education. University of Chicago Press, There is much in this book to interest and excite those who discuss, research or deliver education.


The Educated Mind

No categories specified categorize this paper. The simple idea of recapitulation is that the development of an individual human being proceeds through stages that roughly follow, or recapitulate, the gradual trajectory of evolution of the human species. Egan argues his case with such energy, wit and conviction, and it is an argument so spectacular in its simplicity and its promise, that you close its pages in full agreement with his suggestion that it might indeed be a better bet than any other theory of education currently around.

Michel Ferrari – – Educational Philosophy and Theory 43 1: Each stage includes a set of “cognitive tools”, as Egan calls them, that enrich our understanding of reality.

The Educated Mind: How Cognitive Tools Shape Our Understanding – Kieran Egan – Google Books

Kieran Egan’s new book, “The Educated Mind,” contains a fascinating and educatev study of cultural and linguistic history, and of how various kinds of understanding that can be distinguished in that history are recapitulated in the developing minds of children. Click here to read What price ‘Intelligence’? From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. A radical remedy for our children’s future.

In Egan’s imaginative portrayal of ‘the development of understanding,’ he gives us an entirely new map, for immediate use. Creating Political Presence Dario Castiglione.

The Educated Mind How Cognitive Tools Shape Our Understanding

Every child is born with some Somatic understanding, that is, a pre-linguistic, physical-based sensibility that grasps the concrete world. Egan argues in Chapter One that “these three ideas are mutually incompatible, and this is the primary cause of our long-continuing educational crisis”; [2] the present educational program in much of the West attempts to integrate all three of these incompatible ideas, resulting in a failure to effectively achieve any of the three. No ths you are less interested in reviews of the book than I am, but, rgan case you’d be interested in seeing published reviews, I have included those I have come across here.


Mythic understanding comes with the acquisition of language. Monthly downloads Sorry, there are not enough data points to plot this chart. Account Options Sign in. Disciplinarity, Deucated and Professionalism. The educated mind introduction.

It is readily observable in the spontaneous discourse of children who are gaining command over a spoken language. To identify what exactly is recapitulated in the developing individual, Egan turns to Vygotsky. These mediating tools generate successive kinds of understanding: The problem with this format is that one can scribble on interminably.

Bingham – – Studies in Philosophy and Education 24 1: Acknowledgments Introduction Part One 1.