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Article: Inspiring Educators 3
"One seeks to equip the child with deeper, more gripping, and subtler ways of knowing the world and himself."
Jerome Bruner sadly passed away on 6th June 2016 and, I believe, continued lecturing at New York University School of Law into his late 90s. His contribution to understanding learning has been wide, deep, rich and powerful. He was a giant of educational giants. His voice was and remains strong, and his thinking as relevant as ever. Chances are you referred to his work in an essay or project while learning your classroom craft, and with a little excavation you'll find his ideas underpinning your day-to-day practice.
Like all the educators so far in this 'Inspiring Educators' series, Bruner's ideas make great sense in a system which aims to prepare young people for their futures rather than our pasts. Unfortunately such concepts often get lost in a culture of politically motivated summative assessment. I can't do Bruner justice in this short piece but we can keep his thinking alive. Below are four of his theories (gifts to the world of learning) alongside dialogue prompts that you may wish to use in staff training or as staffroom chat:
"Education must be not only a transmission of culture but also a provider of alternative views of the world and a strengthener of the will to explore them."
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