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Children's Ways of Knowing

Learning through experience

Children's Ways of Knowing by Margaret Robertson
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In our previous book, The Child’s World: Triggers for learning (ACER Press, Camberwell, Australia, 2000) we reviewed the spatiality of children’s worlds. We argued that children live their lives increasingly in a visual world that is dominated by the new technologies and navigation tools, and are reliant upon screen-based imagery, rather than on the traditional print-based technologies. In this book we pursue a similar theme, but extend the boundaries to include new and interesting perspectives on how children come to know and understand their personal worlds. We maintain that the rapidity of social, economic and technological change increases the imperative for educational decision makers to open their minds to new pedagogies. In order to motivate children to learn in classrooms, educational practices need to evolve from the content and range of young people’s personal experiences. Being dogged by distractions from past memory of learning and pedagogical practices, which have little contemporary currency, is the real danger of the times. A willingness to explore new ideas and build partnerships with the youthful users of social and educational space seems to be an essential prerequisite for reaching desired outcomes. Exploring further the children’s worlds through their ways of knowing has been the challenge for every the author in this book. As the authors explore the lived experience of the child’s world, the spatiality of their interactions is analysed for knowledge that will help decision makers best approach the learning of children and provide the relevant triggers for motivation. A deliberate focus has been on issues that stem from forces of globalisation through new information and communication technologies, the impact of time–space compression and the associated diverse reference systems that face young people.
Australian Council for Educational Research; Read online
Title: Children's Ways of Knowing
Author: Margaret Robertson; Rod Gerber

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