The Informed Vision: Essays on Learning and Human Nature

The Informed Vision: Essays on Learning and Human Nature

The Informed Vision: Essays on Learning and Human Nature

The Informed Vision: Essays on Learning and Human Nature

Synopsis

An education classic is back in print. 15 essays on how children learn. David Hawkins led a long and respected career as an educator and as a scholar of how we learn. Educators, and all who are concerned with schools and the relationships between teachers and children.

Excerpt

The essays collected in this volume have been written over the, last ten years, for various occasions and audiences. In bringing them together for publication I have had the opportunity to reread and rethink them, and to provide some guiding threads. In looking for those threads I can see a good deal that I would now modify: some to expand, some to contract and some to qualify. My thinking has, I hope, developed in the years, and the evidence is here. Readers of individual essays have given me good Criticisms. Rather than trying to meet or rebut these criticisms by revision or by a long introduction, I have preferred to write a running commentary. This enables me to suggest some connections and also to qualify or explain.

The essays are, on the whole, rather polemical. Education is not a field in which we have all settled down to collaboration within an agreed professional and theoretical pattern which is somehow the right one. Ends are at stake and not means only: ends of theory and investigation, ends of education itself. Where that is so, controversy is often the best and sometimes the only fruitful means of collaboration.

I wish to give credit and thanks to a number of people who have strongly influenced my learning and writing. Philip Morrison and Jerrold Zacharias twelve years ago lured me into practical elementary school work with the suggestion that a scientific amateur and philosopher of science might help in the recasting of subject-matter for young learners, and indeed might learn a good deal himself in the process. Much of the background of these essays, as a result, began to take form during the two years when I was with the Elementary Science Study, a branch of Educational Services (later Education Development Center) of Watertown and Newton, Mas sachusetts . . .

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