International Association of Educators   |  ISSN: 1554-5210

Original article | International Journal of Progressive Education 2013, Vol. 9(1) 109-118

Where’s Wonder?

Fred Burton

pp. 109 - 118   |  Manu. Number: ijpe.2013.037

Published online: February 15, 2013  |   Number of Views: 0  |  Number of Download: 17


Abstract

After 36 years of working as a progressive educator in American schools, the author notes the near absence of joy, passion, and imagination that today‘s students experience.          He asks,

―Where‘s wonder?‖ In this essay, the author makes a case for the role of wonder in learning as he reflects on his work with schools and museum educators at the Columbus Museum of Art‘s Center for Creativity. After sharing his own perspectives on  wonder,  he  further explores and frames the idea by reconsidering two concepts from two major philosophers and practitioners of progressive education: 1) the late progressive philosopher and physicist David Hawkins and 2) educator Eleanor Duckworth. Drawing inspiration from the preschools of Reggio Emilia, the author then makes a special case for wonder as a group endeavor that contributes to something larger than the individual.

Keywords: role of play in education; progressive education history; arts in education


How to Cite this Article?

APA 6th edition
Burton, F. (2013). Where’s Wonder? . International Journal of Progressive Education, 9(1), 109-118.

Harvard
Burton, F. (2013). Where’s Wonder? . International Journal of Progressive Education, 9(1), pp. 109-118.

Chicago 16th edition
Burton, Fred (2013). "Where’s Wonder? ". International Journal of Progressive Education 9 (1):109-118.

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