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Transformative Learning
Educational Vision for the 21st Century

 

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Transformative Learning
Educational Vision for the 21st Century

by Edmund O'Sullivan (Author)
Thomas Berry (Foreword)

 

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ISBN: 9781856496995

 

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An analysis of education and educational reform. This book assesses what it means to face the educational challenges of the 21st century, and offers a way for education to develop whole human beings in the context of a sustainable planetary environment.


The primary point of departure of this important book is its critique of the current utilitarian notion that the main purpose of education is to equip individuals to compete in the global market place. Professor O'Sullivan argues persuasively that every educational system must instead first equip people with an understanding of where their society is headed. He marshalls an array of evidence from environmentalists and philosophers to show that the 20th Century -- the century of the economy -- is inevitably about to give way to a new century of the environment. Otherwise, our planet faces accelerating social disintegration and environmental collapse. Educationalists must, as a result, be asking profound questions about the content of what is taught. This needs to start with a deep understanding of the historic transition which all our societies are about to be compelled by circumstances to make. The fundamental task of educationalists is to introduce into curricula at all levels a grasp of what is wrong with the modern era, why it will be replaced, and a vision of possible new directions. It goes almost without saying that the intellectual tools, ethical values, and practical skills required for a more humane, environmentally conscious and socially just epoch will be very different from many of those taught today. This book is primarily directed at teachers, teacher trainers and educational philosophers. But the author's magnificent analysis of where we find ourselves historically and his inspiring vision of where we could go in reshaping our communities will inspire a much wider readership.


 

ISBN 1856496996
ISBN13 9781856496995
Publisher Zed Books Ltd
Format Paperback
Publication date 01/06/1999
Pages 368
Weight (grammes) 475
Published in United Kingdom
Height (mm) 234
Width (mm) 153

Education in a period of historical decline
education and the dilemmas of modernism - toward an ecozoic vision
modernism - the eclipse of cosmology and the loss of the view of the whole pre-modern cosmologies
ringing in our ears and invading our souls - a reflection on the dream structure of our western cultural mantras
dimensions of power - education for peace, social justice and diversity
the planetary context of creativity - educational vision in a cosmological context
education for integral development
quality of life education - transformative ecozoic vision
epilogue - kindling the fires of the soul - educating the human spirit in our time.