ERIC Number: ED158438
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Jun
Reference Count: 0
On Policy-Making: Lessons from the Left Hand.
Manley-Casimir, Michael E.
Interest has recently revived in the theory that the left and right hemispheres of the brain control distinguishable facets of cognitive behavior. Robert Samples has described the realm of the left hemisphere as that of rationality, logic, linear thinking, and separation of reality into its component parts. He sees the right hemisphere as the realm of metaphor, intuition, wholistic thinking, creativity, and synthesis. Jerome Bruner saw the right hand (controlled by the left hemisphere) as symbolizing order and action while the left hand (controlled by the right hemisphere) symbolized sentiment and intuition. In the realm of educational policy, partially because of cultural bias favoring rationality over intuition, there has been increasing pressure to ground the process of policy formulation in rationality. While rationality is no doubt necessary for policy-making, it is not enough. Policy-making also requires the use of intuition, imagination, and hunch. This type of intuitive thought is especially valuable in the creativity involved in conceiving of policy alternatives. Thus, the left hand has lessons that, taken together with those of the right, will enable educators to conceive and forge stronger and better policy in education. (Author/JM)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Bruner (Jerome S); Samples (Robert)
Note: Paper presented at the Canadian School Trustees' Association Congress on Education (1st, Toronto, Ontario, June 17-21, 1978)