ERIC Number: EJ697895
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Reference Count: N/A
Education for the Prepared Mind
Premack, David; Premack, Ann
Cognitive Development, v19 n4 p537-549 Oct-Dec 2004
A theory of education requires a theory of the mind that is to be educated. Modules are the central feature of the mind of the infant. Innate learning devices, modules, prepare the infant with the following competences: language, number, theory of mind, spatial navigation, music, etc. We propose that the child be taught what evolution has prepared the child to learn. This program requires adding both modular -- e.g., Theory of Mind, morality, art -- as well as domain-general competences -- e.g., analogies, causal analysis -- to the curriculum. The program further requires revamping the presently inappropriate teaching of certain modular competences. Finally it requires correcting ''evolutionary errors'' -- modular competences that were not ideal (see Galileo); or that, though once beneficial, have become harmful in the modern world (see imitation). This proposal is taken from [Premack, D. & Premack, A. (2003). "Original intelligence." New York: McGraw-Hill].
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
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Identifiers - Location: New York