Jerome Bruner. An ode to his influences in both cognitive psychology and the theories of education. Life. Bruner’s early years Born in New York City in 1915 Educated at Duke University (1937) and completed Ph.D. at Harvard in 1947.
An ode to his influences in both cognitive psychology and the theories of education.
Bruner’s first major contribution
to the study of cognition:
A Study of Thinking (1956)
“The obvious way to have started would have been, of course, to get people to think aloud and then examine what they did on the basis of what they said” (Search of Mind, 105).
Towards a theory of instruction
“To instruct someone... is not a matter of getting him to commit results to mind. Rather, it is to teach him to participate in the process that makes possible the establishment of knowledge. We teach a subject not to produce little living libraries on that subject, but rather to get a student to think mathematically for himself, to consider matters as an historian does, to take part in the process of knowledge-getting. Knowing is a process not a product”(1966: 72).
“I think the lesson of the curriculum reform movement is that you cannot accomplish the deeper ends of education by altering only the content and spirit of the courses you teach. Schools as now constituted are not so much the solution to the problem of education as they are part of the problem. If I had it all to do over again, and if I knew how, I would put my energies into reexamining how the schools express the agenda of the society and how that agenda is formulated and how translated by the schools” (Search of Mind, 198).
Bruner, J. (1983). In search of mind. Cambridge, NY: Harper & Row.
Bruner, J. (2008). Jerome Bruner’s Website. Retreived from http://www.psych.nyu.edu/bruner/
Smith, M.K. (2002) 'Jerome S. Bruner and the process of education', the encyclopedia of informal educationhttp://www.infed.org/thinkers/bruner.htm.
Mind, Brain, Behavior at Harvard University. (2007). The cognitive revolution at 50. Retreived from http://mbb.harvard.edu/resources/cogrev07.php
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