The New Significance of Learning: Imagination's Heartwork (Hardback)Padraig Hogan (author)
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Should education be understood mainly as a practice in its own right, or is it essentially a subordinate affair to be shaped and controlled by a society's powers-that-be?
What difference does it make if students are chiefly viewed as recipients of a set of skills and knowledge, or as active participants in their own learning?
Does education have a responsibility in cultivating humanity's maturity, or are its purposes to be effectively matched to the functional requirements of a globalized age?
The New Significance of Learning explores these and other high-stakes questions. It challenges hierarchical and custodial conceptions of education that have been inherited as the `natural order' of things. It discloses a more original and imaginative understanding of educational practice, illustrating this understanding with frequent practical examples.
Among the merits highlighted by this approach are:a recognition that education is first and foremost an invitation to join a renewed experience of quest and disclosure;a realisation that taking up and pursuing such an invitation is a basic right, as distinct from a privilege to be bestowed or withheld; an awareness of the decisive importance of specific kinds relationships in practices of teaching and learning;an emphasis on the human qualities as well as the intellectual achievements nourished by dedicated communities of learning;an acknowledgement of partiality - of incompleteness and bias - in even the best of humankind's learning efforts;the emergence of a distinctive ethical orientation for education as a practice in its own right.
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Number of pages: 198
Weight: 454 g
Dimensions: 235 x 159 x 15 mm
'Its (the book) articulation of values and challenges central to imaginative practice makes an original and carefully constructed contribution to a field in urgent need of such deeper explorations.' - Mark Fettes, Studies in Philosophy and Education, 2011
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