3 Eras of Education

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Here’s a good quick read: Rethinking Education in the Age of Technology: The Digital Revolution and Schooling in America (Teachers College, 2009), Allan Collins & Richard Halverson.  Doug’s post on three evolutions reminded me of chapter 6 of Rethinking: The Three Eras of Education.  With some additions here’s a summary of the current industrial-era education, what was before, and what’s next.

FactorFromToTo
ResponsibilityParentsStateIndividuals/parents
ExpectationsSocial reproductionSuccess for allIndividual choice
ExpectationsPractical sillsDisciplinary knowledgeLearning how to learn
ContentBooksTextbookLearning objects
PedagogyApprenticeshipDidacticismInteraction
AssessmentObservationTestingEmbedded assessment
LocationHomeSchoolAnywhere
CultureAdult culturePeer cultureMixed-age culture
RelationshipsPersonal bondsAuthority figuresComputer-mediated interaction
GroupingMixed-ageAge cohortsIndividual progress

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