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ERIC Number: ED356168
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992
Pages: 36
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Margaret Mead: Anthropological Perspective on Educational Change.
Monroe, Suzanne S.
Anthropologist Margaret Mead focused much of her thinking, speaking, and writing on education and the impact of rapid change on educational theory and practice. The history of Mead's writings shows sensitivity to both tradition and change. A selection of 12 of Mead's publications provides insight into Mead's innovative and thought-provoking ideas. Even while engaged in field studies in the Pacific, Mead wrote regularly about anthropology and education. Her earliest professional writings show an awareness of technical change, of the educational adjustments required, and of the outmoded teaching system then in use. She observed the tremendous emotional and social significance of every action by the teacher within the context of the community. Mead raised the issue of education as a mechanism of social change. She also contrasted schools oriented toward the past and those that looked toward the future. Through her writings, Mead called for a more innovative, circular approach to education. Her recommendations included teaching patriotism for the world as a whole and setting aside old assumptions in favor of ideas consistent with a changing world. (LBG)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Researchers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A