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ERIC Number: EJ1077026
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 20
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1522-9734
The Significance of the Hand for the Elementary Years
Baker, Kay
NAMTA Journal, v38 n2 p67-86 Spr 2013
The use of the hand is a physiological sequence. The prehensile nature of the human hand is an evolutionary feature as is the freeing of the hands due to bipedalism. Kay Baker outlines of the human hand's significance to the mind as found in chapter 14 of the "Absorbent Mind." In this article, she has created lists that break down the implication of the hand as an expression of the mind, the hand as a companion to the mind, the hand that creates the handiwork of civilization, the hand as a way to social life through manual division of labor. The article also discusses how Montessori pedagogy utilizes the hand and its related capacities to allow the student to understand the nature of human work through the ages, and to see how the hand is the basis of Cosmic Education.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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