Publication Date: May 8, 2003
The tradition of active learning—a view of learning that is constructivist, progressive, and as deeply committed to student achievement as any standards-based scheme—has a long and distinguished pedigree in American educational thought and practice, but its value has been ignored in the rush to achieve high test scores. Martin Bickman urges us to reconsider the alternative vision of such seminal thinkers as Ralph Waldo Emerson, Bronson Alcott, Margaret Fuller, John Dewey, and George Dennison as he weaves an incisive synthesis of American literary innovation, philosophy, and school reform. In this timely volume, Bickman:
Martin Bickman is Professor of English and President's Teaching Scholar at the University of Colorado, Boulder.
“An original, scholarly, yet very readable examination of the idea of education as the active intellectual engagement of experience. Bickman creatively revisits the works of Emerson, Mann, Alcott, Thoreau, Dewey, and two important yet often neglected early nineteenth-century women educators, Elizabeth Peabody and Margaret Fuller. A very solid book.”
— Jonas F. Soltis, William Heard Kilpatrick Professor of Philosophy and Education Emeritus, Teachers College, Columbia University