Individual Development and the Curriculum
By Kieran Egan
Routledge – 2012 – 188 pages
This book describes four ‘layers’ or stages of education – Mythic, Romantic, Philosophic and Ironic and shows how children at each stage most effectively learn, and how they can be helped towards educational maturity. While drawing on a wide range of philosophical and psychological literature, this new theory is primarily constructed from close observation of children in their common and intense imaginative engagements, and in everyday educational practice.
‘This book deserves to be read. It should be given a prominent position in curriculum discourse.’ Journal of Curriculum Studies
‘Like all good books this one makes one think well beyond the confines of its immediate concerns.’ The Times Educational Supplement
1. The Mythic Stage. 2 The Romantic Stage. 3 The Philosophic Stage. 4 The Ironic Stage. 5 Some Comments on the Stages. 6 Sensitive Periods and Content. 7 Curriculum Areas. Conclusions. Index.