The Educated Mind: How Cognitive Tools Shape Our Understanding

University of Chicago Press, 1997 - 299 ˹
The Educated Mind offers a bold and revitalizing new vision for today's uncertain educational system. Kieran Egan reconceives education, taking into account how we learn. He proposes the use of particular "intellectual tools"such as language or literacythat shape how we make sense of the world. These mediating tools generate successive kinds of understanding: somatic, mythic, romantic, philosophical, and ironic. Egan's account concludes with practical proposals for how teaching and curriculum can be changed to reflect the way children learn.

"A carefully argued and readable book. . . . Egan proposes a radical change of approach for the whole process of education. . . . There is much in this book to interest and excite those who discuss, research or deliver education."Ann Fullick, New Scientist

"A compelling vision for today's uncertain educational system."Library Journal

"Almost anyone involved at any level or in any part of the education system will find this a fascinating book to read."Dr. Richard Fox, British Journal of Educational Psychology

"A fascinating and provocative study of cultural and linguistic history, and of how various kinds of understanding that can be distinguished in that history are recapitulated in the developing minds of children."Jonty Driver, New York Times Book Review


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Egan (Imagination in Teaching & Learning, Univ. of Chicago, 1992) argues here that the incompatibilities of three inherited significant educational ideas--"socialization," "Plato and the truth about ... ҹԴ繩Ѻ

1 Three Old Ideas and a New One
Mythic Understanding
Romantic Understanding
Philosophic Understanding
Ironic Understanding and Somatic Understanding
Some Questions and Answers
7 Some Implications for the Curriculum
Some Implications for Teaching

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˹ 8 - The composition of this book has been for the author a long struggle of escape, and so must the reading of it be for most readers if the author's assault upon them is to be successful, a struggle of escape from habitual modes of thought and expression.

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Kieran Egan, originally from Clonmel, Ireland, has published sixteen academic books. He holds two Ph.D.s in education, from Stanford & Cornell. He is a professor at Simon Fraser University & lives in Vancouver, British Columbia.