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Psychological Theory and Educational Reform By David R. Olson (University of Toronto)

Psychological Theory and Educational Reform
by David R. Olson (University of Toronto)

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For well over a century educational reformers have looked for a breakthrough in the sciences of psychology and pedagogy that would dramatically improve the effectiveness of schooling. This book shows why such an ambition is an illusion.
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Psychological Theory and Educational Reform: How School Remakes Mind and Society by David R. Olson (University of Toronto)

For well over a century educational reformers have looked for a breakthrough in the sciences of psychology and pedagogy that would dramatically improve the effectiveness of schooling. This book shows why such an ambition is an illusion. Schools are institutions which attempt to balance the needs of a bureaucratic society that funds them with the personal goals, interests, hopes and ambitions of the students who enroll in them. Reform efforts attempt to realign that balance without any clear conception of how the two are related. This book offers a theoretical account of the relation between the minds of learners and the institutional structure of the school that would account both for the ways that schooling remakes minds and societies and why such institutions are resistant to change.

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'David Olson's Psychological Theory and Educational Reform is a masterpiece.' Teachers College Record
"A masterpiece. Thought provoking and persuasive...Urban reformers, educational scholars, practitioners, and students will find Olson's erudite prose, rich illuminating examples, and careful organization of material compelling." Teachers College Record
"No review can fully do justice to the quality of Olson's psychological, historical, sociological, and educational echolarship and the power of the ideas contained within the pages of his volume. Although the book does not contain prescriptions or recipes for specific school changes (nor is it meant to), anyone serious about school reform (or the reform of any institution) should carefully read and consider this book." Journal of American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
"David Olson's Psychological Theory and Educational Reform is a masterpiece." Teachers College Record

Table of Contents


Part I. The Discourse of Education: 1. The discourse of education; 2. Educational theory and educational reform; Part II. Schools as Institutions: 3. Rediscovering institutions; 4. School as a bureaucratic institution; 5. Institutionalized knowledge and personal belief; 6. Science and schooling as documentary practices; 7. The Psychology of persons in institutions; Part III. Schools as Pedagogical Environments: 8. The rediscovery of the mind; 9. Understanding and the growth of knowledge; 10. Some preliminaries to the history of schooling; 11. Some preliminaries to the history of pedagogy; 12. Pedagogy as a bridge from the subjective to the normative; Part IV. Prospects for the Study and Reform of Education: 13. Responsibilities for teaching and learning; 14. The achievement and assessment of virtue; 15. A framework for educational theory; 16. Coda: psychological theory and educational reform.

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GOR010209369
Psychological Theory and Educational Reform: How School Remakes Mind and Society by David R. Olson (University of Toronto)
David R. Olson (University of Toronto)
Used - Very Good
Paperback
Cambridge University Press
2003-06-16
358
0521532116
9780521532112
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