Review of “Postformal Education” in the Journal ‘Foresight’

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. BRIEF EXTRACT: “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.…

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.…