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The Relevance of Education

The Relevance of Education

by Jerome Bruner


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"Education is in a state of crisis. It has failed to respond to changing social needs—lagging behind rather than leading." The crisis that Jerome Bruner identifies in this volume admits of no easy solutions. But the noted American psychologist makes clear that educational reform must begin with the understanding of how a child acquires information and converts knowledge into action. Drawing on his current work on infant development, Bruner underscores the importance of formulating educational strategies that expand rather than constrict the skills of the young learner.

Since education takes place under conditions imposed by a technological society, Professor Bruner maintains that it is not enough to attempt reform through minor curriculum revisions. The program that fails to set knowledge within the context of action must be replaced. And to be truly relevant to our social needs, the scope of education must be extended toward overcoming the severe handicaps faced by children from impoverished areas.

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ISBN-13: 9780393006902
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 01/17/1971
Series: Norton Library Series
Pages: 196
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Jerome Bruner is currently Research Professor of Psychology and Senior Research Fellow, School of Law at New York University.

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