ERIC Number: ED339994
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Oct-24
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A Freudian Approach to Education.
Gartner, Sandra L.
This document offers the point of view that Bruno Bettelheim's writings, based on Sigmund Freud's approach to education, suggest the most practical applications for achieving positive results within the classroom. The overall result of a student being taught all through school by the Freudian method would be an extremely positive one. Such a method would take an emotional and individualized approach, and be based on beliefs that learning disabilities of most students are linked to emotional problems, that children should be stimulated in their reading, that teachers influence students' lives, and that people seek pleasure and avoid pain. This method creates the most positive atmosphere within a classroom. From this positive atmosphere, positive effects are achieved in the subject matters of both the sciences and the arts. Creating a love of learning in the student develops the student in a well-rounded manner. The experiences and change of attitude that both a student and teacher gain represent the effectiveness of a Freudian approach to learning. The extensive successful work Bettelheim has done with emotionally deprived children proves the success of the approach. Only through this emotional involvement is meaningful advancement in children evident. Students, after learning to trust their teachers, begin to diminish the emotional blocks that impede their intellectual development. (RS)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
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Identifiers: Bettelheim (Bruno); Freud (Sigmund); Reading Motivation