How We Think
2007 January 1
I'm trying to end the year on a high note, but it's not so easy due to the current hospitalization of a noted colleague at MIT named Seymour Papert.
To occupy my mind and to build a better appreciation of Papert's contributions, I (tried to) read John Dewey's How We Think. It's a slender volume of 224 pages, but it certainly packs an intellectual punch. Lucky for me, Dewey has left many marginalia throughout the book to help non-theory folks like myself decipher his writings.
Here in pages 188 to 196, Dewey exhorts that facts-based learning in schools is insufficient, and that learning how to think happens best when actually doing things -- or as they say "learning by doing." Papert's contribution to the education field follows with Papert's adherence to the constructionist "learning by making"approach.