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Jerome Bruner is one of the best-known and most influential psychologists of the twentieth century. His theories about cognitive development dominate psychology around the world today, but it is in the field of education where his influence has been especially felt.
In this two volume set, Bruner has selected and assembled his most important writings about education. Volume I spans the twenty years from 1957 to 1978 and Volume II covers 1979 to 2006.
Volume II starts with a specially written introduction by Bruner, in which he gives an overview of the 1979-2006 years and contextualises his selection of papers. The articles and chapters then reveal the thinking, the concepts and the empirical research of that time that have made Bruner one of the most respected and cited educational authorities of our time.
Introduction 1. Learning the Mother Tongue 2. Play as a Mode of Constructing the Real 3. Care Away from Home 4. The Language of Education 5. Play, Thought and Language 6. How Mind Begins 7. Narrative and Paradigmatic Modes of Thought 8. Life as Narrative 9. The Meaning of Educational Reform 10. Science, Education and Teachers: A Karplus Lecture 11. Folk Pedagogy 12. What Are We Learning about Learning in Schools? 13. Celebrating Divergence: Piaget and Vygotsky 14. Infancy and Culture: A Story 15. Some Reflections on Educational Research 16. Education Reform 17. A Short History of Psychological Theories of Meaning 18. Culture, Mind and Narrative