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ERIC Number: EJ818641
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 12
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 16
ISSN: ISSN-1535-0584
Ralph Waldo Emerson's Educational Philosophy as a Foundation for Cooperative Learning
Williamson, Amy; Null, J. Wesley
American Educational History Journal, v35 n2 p381-392 2008
This article takes a closer look at Ralph Waldo Emerson's educational philosophy and its relationship to cooperative learning. Emerson believed that human beings should learn to think on their own, rather than solely acquire the craft of imitation or conformity by repeating the speech of their teachers. A liberating education, to Emerson, gives students the ability to challenge those in power when necessary. Cooperative learning and a continued use of creative teaching methods are keys to the kind of true student achievement that motivated Emerson's writing on education. Without this realization, the revelation of one's own ideas or leadership qualities will remain nothing more than a dream. Emerson believed that the core of a liberal education was for students to learn the process of thinking for themselves. Through peer interaction and well-planned cooperative learning activities, students can be developed into the kind of citizens who possess the self-reliant souls that Emerson envisioned.
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Language: English
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