ERIC Number: EJ1117520
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Abstractor: As Provided
A Design for Life: A Consideration of the Learning Legacy of P.H. Pearse's "The Murder Machine"
Cronin, James G. R.
Adult Learner: The Irish Journal of Adult and Community Education, p100-104 2016
In the centenary of the death of Patrick Henry Pearse--one of the leaders of Ireland's 1916 Rebellion--it is interesting to reflect on the relevance of his writing for contemporary approaches to lifelong and lifewide learning. Pearse's essay "The Murder Machine" was forged within the tradition of progressive education movements in the early 20th century rooted in a social pedagogy that focused on the value of holistic education. He proposed that the purpose of formative educational experiences should prepare students in learning for life. Pearse, through his educational manifesto, highlighted dissonances between instrumentalism and holism in the state education of his day. His resounding argument that a just society is not just an economy reminds present-day educators and policy makers of the continuing relevance of this manifesto in its centenary year.
Descriptors: Lifelong Learning, Recognition (Achievement), Progressive Education, Holistic Approach, Educational History, Educational Philosophy, Change Agents, Foreign Countries
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Identifiers - Location: Ireland