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Joanna Swann's New Book

LEARNING, TEACHING AND EDUCATION RESEARCH IN THE 21st CENTURY

Learning, Teaching and Education Research in the 21st Century: An Evolutionary Analysis of the Role of Teachers

By Joanna Swann

http://www.continuumbooks.com

Publication dates: 22 December 2011 in theUK; 23 February 2012 in theUSA

ISBN:  9781441163172 (paperback); 9781441161260 (hardcover)

Learning, Teaching and Education Research in the 21st Century: An Evolutionary Analysis of the Role of Teachers draws on Karl Popper’s evolutionary epistemology and challenges widespread assumptions about learning, teaching and research that are embedded in the practices of many teachers and in the design of most education institutions worldwide. Joanna Swann argues that to promote the growth of learning we need to encourage children and adolescents to exercise and develop their facility for creativity and criticality, and that we need to provide and maintain environments in which they can safely engage in self-initiated and self-directed exploratory activity. In accessible and engaging language, the author presents philosophical arguments that support the defence and development of non-authoritarian approaches to learning and teaching that can be used by individuals and groups working in or outside state-funded schools. In particular, she provides tried-and-tested guidelines for student-initiated curricula and a problem-based methodology for professional development and action research.

Joanna Swann is a Popperian philosopher of learning and method, known internationally for her innovative theoretical and practical explorations of the implications of evolutionary epistemology for teaching and education research. Formerly a Principal Lecturer at the University of Brighton, UK, she is now a freelance author.

 

Contents

Acknowledgements \ 1. The Purpose of this Book \ Part I: Learning \ 2. The Challenge of an Evolutionary Analysis of Learning \ 3. What Happens When We Learn \ 4. Addressing Some Problematic Ideas About Learning \ Part II: Encouraging Learning \ 5. What Promotes and What Inhibits Learning \ 6. Against the Intensive Use of Prescribed Curricula with Children and Adolescents \ 7. Developing Student-Initiated Curricula \ Part III: Developing Teaching \ 8. Research and the Development of Teaching \ 9. Developing a Popperian Science of School Teaching \ 10. Improving Our Practices as Teachers \ 11. Teaching for a Better World \ References \ Publisher Acknowledgements \ Index

 

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AGAINST METHOD

NEW TITLE FROM VERSO:

AGAINST METHOD (NEW EDITION)

By PAUL FEYERABEND

Published: 18th October 2010

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“AGAINST METHOD is more than a book: it is an event.” ARCHIVES DE PHILOSOPHIE

“A brilliant polemic” – NEW SCIENTIST (read the original review here).  

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Paul Feyerabend (1924-1994) was one of the twentieth century’s most famous philosophers of science, and remains an influential figure in this field and in the sociology of scientific knowledge.

AGAINST METHOD examines the deficiencies of many widespread ideas about scientific progress and the nature of knowledge. Feyerabend argues that scientific advances can only be understood in historical context. He looks at the way the philosophy of science has consistently overemphasized practice over method, and considers the possibility that anarchism could replace rationalism in the theory of knowledge.

Feyerabend’s book ranks alongside classic works such as Karl Popper’s THE LOGIC OF SCIENTIFIC DISCOVERY and Thomas Kuhn’s THE STRUCTURE OF SCIENTIFIC REVOLUTIONS. However, in seeking to outline an anarchist theory of scientific knowledge, AGAINST METHOD challenges these canonical theoretical models by making a radical new contribution to the philosophy of science.

First published in 1975, the book stands as an intellectual testament to the ferment of the 1960s, challenging as it does many of the reigning orthodoxies within the philosophy of science. The book’s original publication sparked considerable argument within a number of academic disciplines, and its central arguments are still relevant today, given the considerable popularity enjoyed by the “new rationalism” propounded by popular scientists such as Richard Dawkins.

This updated edition of the classic text includes a new introduction by Ian Hacking, one of the world’s most important contemporary philosophers of science. Hacking reflects on both Feyeraband’s life and personality as well as the broader significance of the book for current discussions.

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Praise for the previous edition of AGAINST METHOD:

“A devastating attack on the claims of philosophy to legislate for scientific practice.” NEW SOCIETY

“A powerful critique.” LONDON REVIEW OF BOOKS

“A classic text in the debate about scientific methodology and scientific reasoning.” THE PHILOSOPHER

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ISBN: 978-1-84467-442-8 / $22.95 / £15.99 / $28.50 / Paperback / 336 pages

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