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What's the big idea? Toward a pedagogy of idea power

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Papert, S. ; MIT Media Laboratory, 20 Ames Street, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02139-4307, USA

A key to understanding why School is what it is lies in recognizing a systematic tendency to deform ideas in specific ways in order to make them fit into a pedagogical framework. One of these deformations is described here as “disempowering ideas.” The insight leads to a new direction for innovation in education: re-empowering the disempowered ideas. Doing so is not easy: it needs a new epistemology with a focus on power as a property of ideas and a challenge to the School culture. On the positive side, the insight also leads to a new vision of what technology can offer education.

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IBM Systems Journal  (Volume:39 ,  Issue: 3.4 )