Studies In Pedagogy

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781445590929
  • Publisher: Read Books Design
  • Publication date: 4/29/2010
  • Pages: 356
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.79 (d)

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Ill, TRAINING THE SENSES. The foundation of all knowledge consists in correctly representing sensible objects to our senses so that they can be comprehended with facility. John Amos Comenius. The first faculties which are formed and perfected in us are the senses. These then are the first which should be cultivated; but these are the very ones that we forget, or that we neglect the most. J. J. Rousseau. How is it possible that the faculty of cognition should be awakened into exercise otherwise than by means of objects which affect our senses? Immanuel Kant. Why should not every ear be as well trained as the ear of the musician? Why should not your eye and mine rival the eye of the marksman, the eye of the mariner, the eye of the general? Dr. Beard. TRAINING THE SENSES. Distinct and sharply defined sense impressions are the first conditions of clear imagination and exact thinking. Sully. f It is a well-established maxim that all our knowledge of material things takes its rise in the senses. ' Our ideas of color must come through the eye ; of sound, through the ear ; of tactile qualities, through the touch. Each sense brings us into relation with a particular kind of knowledge which can be obtained through no other sense.. The eye cannot give us distance, or the third dimension ; that is the province of touch. Our processes of thinking, analysis, comparison, judgment, classification, imagination, inference, reasoning, are dependent upon the data given by the senses. If these are indistinct, imperfect, or few, our thoughts will be correspondingly few and imperfect. - It the material furnished by the senses, the percepts of color, form, sound, taste, odor, etc., are accurate andabundant, our intellectual activity will be great and our th...
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