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Jerome Bruner

Developing a Sense of the Possible

Takaya, Keiichi

2013, X, 59 p.

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  • Encourages the audience to read Bruner’s original works by providing background information and some conceptual tools to understand his ideas
  • Provides a historical background of Bruner's work and locate his theory in the context of modern educational theories, particularly in contrast to Dewey’s
  • Gives brief explanations and definitions of his key concepts
  • Includes appraisals of his ideas by notable researchers (e.g. Nel Noddings, Howard Gardner, and Kieran Egan)​

Jerome S. Bruner (1915- ) is one of the best known and most influential psychologists of the twentieth century. He has made significant contributions to cognitive psychology and educational theory.

This book presents a brief introduction to Jerome Bruner’s educational ideas and details their influences on our educational discourse and practice. It examines Bruner’s ideas in the context of some key educational issues in the United States since the early twentieth century.

Jerome Bruner: Developing a Sense of the Possible will be an inspiration, and vital call to action, to readers looking to better understand today’s instructional and curriculum theories. It will help readers gain invaluable insight into the ways teaching and schools can be improved in the future.

Content Level » Research

Keywords » Jerome Bruner - John Dewey - The Process of Education - cognitive science - constructivism Bruner - discovery learning - educational theory - head start - spiral curriculum

Related subjects » Cognitive Psychology - Education & Language - Epistemology & Philosophy of Science - Psychology

Table of contents 

Introduction.- Ch.1 Becoming Bruner.- Ch.2 Psychology as a Human Science.- Ch.3 Learning by Discovery.- Ch.4 From Early Bruner to Later Bruner.- Ch.5 Improving Our Schools.- Conclusion: Developing a Sense of the Possible.

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