ERIC Number: EJ719053
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Mar
Reference Count: 3
Reading the Word Should Be Connected with Reading the World: A Lesson from Wordsworth and Hardy
Educational Studies, v31 n1 p95-101 Mar 2005
Today's educational environment forms the stage for a host of debates, many of which centre on the use of standardized assessment in the classroom. With this push towards standardization, less time is being devoted to incorporating 'experiential' knowledge, or that knowledge which comes from hands-on, travel, natural and other worldly experiences, into the learning environment. William Wordsworth and Thomas Hardy, two somewhat unlikely sources of educational insight, do have a pertinent message to add to this ongoing educational discussion. The two authors, through their personal experiences and through their literary works, draw from and examine the roles of formal education and the functions of various facets of knowledge in education. They exemplify the importance of finding a balance between formal educational experiences and informal avenues of education. Both men remind society that without the incorporation of experiential knowledge into the educational experience, students cannot reach the full potential of their intellectual, emotional, spiritual and social growth. Through an examination of the lives and works of Wordsworth and Hardy, the importance of non-formal, non-standardized experiences is reasserted at a time when it is of utmost importance to evaluate the components that make up modern education.
Descriptors: Experiential Learning, Educational Experience, Informal Education, Literature, Poetry, Educational Methods, Role of Education
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