Postformal Education: A Philosophy for Complex Futures by Jennifer M. Gidley (Springer, 2016)
BOOK REVIEW by Philip Hadridge, Director, Idenk, Cambridge, UK
in “FORESIGHT” (2017) 19 (1): 81 – 82.
“Postformal Education: A Philosophy for Complex Futures… explores the future of education pedagogy. Jennifer Gidley has produced a work that repays studying. It … sows seeds. There is much here to repay contemplation.
For Dr. Gidley, it is an invite to think about what comes after the still-dominant model based on the factory or warehouse. It is a book to stir up our thinking and the education system. It is unselfconsciously “about radical change”.
It takes a grand historical sweep. Dr. Gidley chronicles how Aztec culture was the first known one with mandatory education and how mass formal schooling has only been around for a couple of centuries.
Gidley works up to a comprehensive framework in the form of a wheel based around love, live, wisdom and voice (p. 179). This model resonates to the contemporary work of organization improvement more generally.
The book challenges the dominant pedagogy: the one that has served the elite of our elite institutions, even if not their children.”
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