A good question…why should techies care about education theory? In this post Audrey Watters notes that “Debates about education are by no means new: What’s the best way to teach? What’s the best way to learn? What should the curriculum be? Who should have access to specialized knowledge and specialized training? How does technology impact all of these questions?” Having a knowledge of the history of education and theories of education allows us to better understand and apply what we know. This post looks at five education theorists of the 20th century: John Dewey, Maria Montessori, Jean Piaget, B.F. Skinner and Paolo Freire. Watters invites you to provide suggestions as to whom is missing, or write a post on others 20th century education theorists, and to think about which one has influenced you the most.
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