Wonder-Full Education: The Centrality of Wonder in Teaching and Learning Across the Curriculum

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Kieran Egan, Annabella I. Cant, Gillian Judson
Routledge, Jul 24, 2013 - Education - 256 pages
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For many children much of the time their experience in classrooms can be rather dull, and yet the world the school is supposed to initiate children into is full of wonder. This book offers a rich understanding of the nature and roles of wonder in general and provides multiple suggestions for to how to revive wonder in adults (teachers and curriculum makers) and how to keep it alive in children. Its aim is to show that adequate education needs to take seriously the task of evoking wonder about the content of the curriculum and to show how this can routinely be done in everyday classrooms. The authors do not wax flowery; they present strong arguments based on either research or precisely described experience, and demonstrate how this argument can be seen to work itself out in daily practice. The emphasis is not on ways of evoking wonder that might require virtuoso teaching, but rather on how wonder can be evoked about the everyday features of the math or science or social studies curriculum in regular classrooms.

 

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'Wonder-full Education' is a collection of essays which evolved from the work of the Imaginative Education Research Group, based at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, Canada, and chaired by Dr ... Read full review

Contents

Preface
Education and the Imagination
Reclaiming the Value of Wonder in Science Education
Wondering About Wonder in Mathematics
The Joy of Teaching What
From Unknown Questions Begins a Wonderful
Sharing Wonder in Early Childhood
Wonder Awe and Teaching Techniques
Wonder for Sale
The Keys to WonderRich Science Learning
Wonder as a Gateway Experience
About the Contributors
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Kieran Egan is Professor and Canada Research Chair, Faculty of Education, and Director, Imaginative Education Research Group at Simon Fraser University, Canada.

Anabella Cant is a PhD candidate in the Curriculum Theory and Implementation Program, and Associate Director, Imaginative Education Research Group at Simon Fraser University, Canada.

Gillian Judson is Lecturer and Director, Imaginative Education Research Group at Simon Fraser University, Canada.

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