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To Want to Learn: Insights and Provocations For Engaged Learning [Hardcover]

Jackson Kytle
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May 14, 2004 1403963339 978-1403963338 1st
Lack of learner motivation is the single greatest challenge before American schools and colleges. When students are self-motivated, they invest more and work harder at learning even if resources are inadequate. Jackson Kytle's provocative book argues that students and teachers waste time and human energy because the conventional curriculum rests on flawed mental models. Hope for change requires a searching critique of modernity as well as expanded theories of human motivation and learning based on advances in neurobiology and cognitive studies. After consideration of existentialism and choice of life purposes, and the dynamics of psychological involvement, Kytle closes his ambitious, interdisciplinary book with ten considerations for better learning.

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"Jack Kytle's wonderful book, To Want to Learn, offers a powerful antidote to those current images of schools as test centers, students as consumers, and teachers as technicians. Starting with the central question of motivation, Kytle eschews training for critical teaching and imagines learning as an ongoing act of creativity and hope. If you believe that schools should create students who can dream, experience joy and use their imagination in the interest of creating a better world, this is the book to read."--Henry A. Giroux, author of The Abandoned Generation

"This is an unique and original effort to re-locate the learner in his/her full life context, to re-make learning an integral part of one's life aspirations, and to re-place the educator in front of his/her responsibility to contribute to the development of responsible human beings. Thanks to Jackson Kytle's solid theoretical grounding in both American and European social theory and thanks to his rich professional experience, contemporary thinking about education and learning has just become richer."--Matthias Finger, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology

"Jack Kytle has written a remarkable book, one that accomplishes what its title invites. This volume engaged me, from start to finish, and inspired me to want to learn more. It is comprehensive, original and eloquent. The interdisciplinary approach, coupled with an effective integration of personal narrative, makes learning come to life in meaningful and important ways. Not content with the traditional psychological canon, Kytle incorporates cutting edge research and theory, as well as deep reflection on epistemological and ethical matters. He provokes us to open our eyes to the excitement of life long learning and, by implication, the necessity to change our taken-for-granted educational practices. This is a text that should appeal to reflective teachers and reformers at all levels, whether we work in K12 settings, undergraduate liberal arts colleges or graduate schools of education."--Wendy Kohli, Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Curriculum and Instruction, Fairfield University and formerly Director of Teacher Education at The New School

About the Author

Jackson Kytle is Deputy Provost at the New School University in New York City's Greenwich Village.

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan; 1st edition (May 14, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1403963339
  • ISBN-13: 978-1403963338
  • Product Dimensions: 0.9 x 6.3 x 9.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #918,434 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating perspectives about teaching December 3, 2013
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This is a very engaging book with many different theories and philosophies for teaching. I had to purchase and read it for a college class, but it was nothing like a textbook. I recommend it for anyone interested in education, whether you are a teacher or not.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The must have for all educators July 5, 2013
Jackson Kytle has created a unique treatise on why students approach the process of learning the way they do. From examining why students might not be motivated to how to ignite their passion, Kytle explains what teachers must know in order to truly reach their audience.
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