"Jerome Bruner ... wrote the best book on education that has ever been written, Towards a Theory of Instruction"I followed this up and found a great page (jerome bruner and the process of education) which summarises Bruner's thinking. I notice how Bruner takes concepts from both sides of the conventional curriculum wars and welds them together, for instance, he thinks that both structure and intuition are important. I summarise his approach as briefly as possible as incorporating structure, readiness, intuition, motivation.
- Squeakers video at 2 min 30 seconds, included in this mark miller blog
I see this as the way forward - building a pyramid made up bits from both sides of the curriculum wars. eg. don't just focus on motivation but meld it with structure and readiness where readiness is "some intellectually honest form to any child at any stage of development" (Bruner)
Bruner was a key figure in the development of the "cognitive revolution" but later became critical. His thinking became increasingly influenced by writers like Lev Vygotsky and he began to be critical of the intrapersonal focus he had taken, and the lack of attention paid to social and political context
I've just ordered two books by Bruner:
The Process of Education (1960)
Toward a Theory of Instruction (1966)
Could it be that ideas that are 40-50 years old have more relevance to education reform than many of the educational ideas floating around today?
Could it be that ideas from the pioneers of computing (McCarthy, Engelbart, Papert, Kay) have more relevance than many of the computing ideas floating around today?