The Process of Education / Edition 2

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Overview

In this classic argument for curriculum reform in early education, Jerome Bruner shows that the basic concepts of science and the humanities can be grasped intuitively at a very early age. He argues persuasively that curricula should he designed to foster such early intuitions and then build on them in increasingly formal and abstract ways as education progresses.
Bruner’s foundational case for the spiral curriculum has influenced a generation of educators and will continue to be a source of insight into the goals and methods of the educational process.
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Editorial Reviews

Fortune
Ranks as one of the most important and influential works on education.
Saturday Review

There are some rare and wondrous occasions in reading when one has a tremendous sense of the presence of power, the feeling that there is some very special significance in the pages… Here is a book about the educational process, hardly a subject to make banners float in the sky or to call forth a choir of angels. Here is a book by a psychologist writing about the nature of learning, the structure of knowledge, and the means by which the former is engaged and the latter is acquired. Yet this book can be read twice in a week, will keep the television set dark, and will neutralize the lure of a late summer's night… [Bruner] has written a useful, satisfying, and, for me, a very exciting book.
— Frank G. Jennings

Los Angeles Times
A seminal work…on learning theory, readiness, structure, intuitive and analytical thinking, which grew out of the Woods Hole conference of 1959 on curriculum reform (of which Dr. Bruner was chairman).
Commonweal

This is an epochal book in that long tradition of writing on education which goes back at least to the Phoenix episode in Book Nine of the Iliad, where Homer introduces the old tutor whose job it was to teach the young Achilles to be 'a doer of deeds and a speaker of words.' The Process of Education gives accurate expression to the current ferment in educational thought in this country, lays to rest the ghosts of some outmoded approaches, and provides an exciting discussion of the direction educational theory and research should now take… The main point, around which revealing flashes of insight and a series of brilliant suggestions cluster, is that any subject must be taught in a way that constantly reveals its underlying structure…[and] that no topic is intrinsically too difficult to be presented honestly in some form to the young.
— Gerald James Sullivan

New York Herald Tribune

[A] gem of a book.
— Paul Goodman

Saturday Review - Frank G. Jennings
There are some rare and wondrous occasions in reading when one has a tremendous sense of the presence of power, the feeling that there is some very special significance in the pages… Here is a book about the educational process, hardly a subject to make banners float in the sky or to call forth a choir of angels. Here is a book by a psychologist writing about the nature of learning, the structure of knowledge, and the means by which the former is engaged and the latter is acquired. Yet this book can be read twice in a week, will keep the television set dark, and will neutralize the lure of a late summer's night… [Bruner] has written a useful, satisfying, and, for me, a very exciting book.
Commonweal - Gerald James Sullivan
This is an epochal book in that long tradition of writing on education which goes back at least to the Phoenix episode in Book Nine of the Iliad, where Homer introduces the old tutor whose job it was to teach the young Achilles to be 'a doer of deeds and a speaker of words.' The Process of Education gives accurate expression to the current ferment in educational thought in this country, lays to rest the ghosts of some outmoded approaches, and provides an exciting discussion of the direction educational theory and research should now take… The main point, around which revealing flashes of insight and a series of brilliant suggestions cluster, is that any subject must be taught in a way that constantly reveals its underlying structure…[and] that no topic is intrinsically too difficult to be presented honestly in some form to the young.
New York Herald Tribune - Paul Goodman
[A] gem of a book.
Los Angeles Times
A seminal work...on learning theory, readiness, structure, intuitive and analytical thinking, which grew out of the Woods Hole conference of 1959 on curriculum reform (of which Dr. Bruner was chairman).
Commonweal
This is an epochal book in that long tradition of writing on education which goes back at least to the Phoenix episode in Book Nine of the Iliad, where Homer introduces the old tutor whose job it was to teach the young Achilles to be 'a doer of deeds and a speaker of words.' The Process of Education gives accurate expression to the current ferment in educational thought in this country, lays to rest the ghosts of some outmoded approaches, and provides an exciting discussion of the direction educational theory and research should now take...The main point, around which revealing flashes of insight and a series of brilliant suggestions cluster, is that any subject must be taught in a way that constantly reveals its underlying structure...[and] that no topic is intrinsically too difficult to be presented honestly in some form to the young.
— Gerald James Sullivan
New York Herald Tribune
[A] gem of a book.
— Paul Goodman
Saturday Review
(Named a Saturday Review Most Important Book on Education for 1960-1961)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780674710016
  • Publisher: Harvard University Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/1976
  • Edition description: Revised Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 249,698
  • Product dimensions: 5.31 (w) x 8.21 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Jerome Bruner is University Professor at New York University and the author of many books, including Acts of Meaning; On Knowing; The Process of Education; and Toward a Theory of Instruction (all published by Harvard).
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Table of Contents

1. Introduction

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