Imaginative Education brings Ecological Thinking to Life

By Dr. Jennifer M. Gidley  Published on ImaginEd: Education that Inspires. 28th September 2016. All education is the development of genius… The three factors of genius are the habit of action, the vivid imagination, and the discipline of judgment. Alfred North Whitehead 1916 When we offer children a lifeless, stale education, we not only destroy their…

How do Screen-agers find their own Voice?

By Dr. Jennifer M. Gidley [This short blog is an entrée to Chapter 11: “Pedagogical Voice: An Empowering Force” in Postformal Education: A Philosophy for Complex Futures. Available at: http://www.springer.com/us/book/9783319290683] In this electronic age of ‘voice’-mail, ‘chat’-rooms, and ‘talking’ computers, perhaps the least valued of evolutionary forces is the human voice itself. Yet without its presence, little…

Wisdom Grows in the Presence of Creativity, Complexity and Play

By Dr. Jennifer M. Gidley  [This short blog is an entrée to Chapter 10: “Pedagogical Wisdom: A Creative Force” in Postformal Education: A Philosophy for Complex Futures. Available at: http://www.springer.com/us/book/9783319290683%5D The dominant 21st century worldview is replete with stupid, rather than wise values, signified by corporate greed, climate crises, environmental degradation and huge economic disparity.…

About ‘Postformal Education: A Philosophy for Complex Futures’

My book ‘Postformal Education’ was published in August 2016 by Springer International. Now available to purchase: http://www.springer.com/us/book/9783319290683# TABLE OF CONTENTS (12 chapters) Introduction
  Abstract The book I offer you is about radical change. It explains why the current education model, which was developed in the 19th century to meet the needs of industrial expansion, is obsolete.…

What’s Love got to do with Education?

By Dr. Jennifer M. Gidley [This short blog is an entrée to Chapter 8: “Pedagogical Love: An Evolutionary Force” in Postformal Education: A Philosophy for Complex Futures. Available at: http://www.springer.com/us/book/9783319290683] In a world of high-stakes testing, league tables for primary schools as well as universities, funding cuts, teacher shortages, mass shootings in school campuses, and rising rates…

Postformal Education

Postformal Education: A Philosophy for Complex Futures (Springer, 2016) This book explains why the current education model, which was developed in the 19th century to meet the needs of industrial expansion, is obsolete. It points to the need for a new approach to education designed to prepare young people for global uncertainty, accelerating change and unprecedented complexity.The book…