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by Douglas Thomas, John Seely Brown

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Title:A New Culture of Learning: Cultivating the Imagination for a World of Constant Change
Authors:Douglas Thomas
Other authors:John Seely Brown
Info:CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (2011), Paperback, 140 pages
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A New Culture of Learning: Cultivating the Imagination for a World of Constant Change by Douglas Thomas



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  Baku-X | Jan 10, 2017 |
If doing is learning, there's plenty to learn and do with the ideas Douglas Thomas and John Seely Brown present in "A New Culture of Learning: Cultivating the Imagination for a World of Constant Change." Working with the theme of social/collaborative learning that we've also encountered in many other recent books and articles, Thomas and Brown take us through a stimulating and brief--but never cursory--exploration of "the kind of learning that will define the twenty-first century." And it won't, they tell us right up front, be "taking place in a classroom--at least not in today's classroom. Rather, it is happening all around us, everywhere, and it is powerful" (p. 17). What flows through much of Thomas and Brown's work--and what we observe in our own training-teaching-learning environments--is what they address explicitly near the end of their book after having discussed the importance of learning environments: the need to foster playfulness in learning and the parallel need to work toward a framework of learning that builds upon the Maker movement and that acknowledges three essential facets for survival in contemporary times: "They are homo sapiens, homo faber, and homo ludens--or humans who know, humans who make (things), and humans who play" (p. 90). All of which leads us to an obvious conclusion: if we are inspired to do the things within our communities, collectives, and organizations that Thomas and Brown describe and advocate, we will be engaged in building the new culture of learning they describe--while learning how to build it. ( )
  paulsignorelli | Sep 17, 2012 |
If you have not read a book lately on educational theory and practice, this on is required reading. Thomas and Brow examine the word of direct teaching vs. the world of discovery and questions. It is all about traditional education that sets out to teach a body of unchanging knowledge to the coaching and kowing, making, and playing. It is the difference between behaviorist and constructivist teaching and learning. This huge divide, a totally opposite philosophy has been lopsided in No Child Left Behind years and the notion of developing personal expertise under Common Core standards is probably here to stay. But education does not always have to be about regurgitation, and that is where teacher librarians come into the picture. It is not only about what we help teachers and students master, we are all about creativity, critical thinking, messing around, geeking out, hanging around, and building collective knowledge through play, experimentation, thinking, and doing. While Thomas and Brown argue for a complete reversal of educational strategies and methods, this reviewer does not believe we always have to choose between one method or another; that variety of strategies is the spece of learning. Sometimes, we have to buckle down and learn what we have to learn because that becomes the background knowledge necessary to create and build. We have to understand the laws of aereodynamics before we can design new flying objects. Sometimes we build on traditional knowledge; at other times, we purposefully depart from tradition to explore the geat unknown through curiosity. This book will make you think and perhaps shape your ideas as we push kids and teens into this new and exciting world of information and technology. A must read.
  davidloertscher | Nov 10, 2011 |
A fascinating insight into the future of learning. ( )
  rightantler | Jul 3, 2011 |
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We dedicate this book to the parents of children who are growing up in the digital age. We hope our contribution will illuminate the strange and wondrous learning styles of the next generation. - DT and JSB
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