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Some Thoughts Concerning Education [157KB]
John Locke
This book originated from a series of letters which he wrote from the Netherlands to advise a friend, Edward Clarke, on his son's education. He tried to refute the concept of "innate ideas": According to him, human knowledge and morals originated from experience, being acquired through the senses. As an education manual, the essence of "Some Thoughts Concerning Education" was the advice to do what was practical and effective, even if this meant ignoring some venerable traditions. Apart from its philosophical foundations, it was this rational, almost common-sense orientation on achieving educational results that made the book (within the social and normative limitations of its time) an important step forward in educational guidance, and a success with the public for which it was intended. While from a present-day viewpoint many of Locke's specific advices may appear wrong or even ridiculous, he also gave observations that may still come across as reasonable or sensible.
Source: http://www.socsci.kun.nl/ped/whp/histeduc/locke/

Mud [524 KB]
Laurie Baker
A book on constructing mud houses! Why should this book be included in the Bookshelf? For the values it highlights and the scientific-side to the subject. Children can, with all the seriousness of professional builders, have plain fun exploring mud and building toy houses.
Contributed by: Arvind Gupta

Sri Aurobindo On Education [105 KB]
Manoj Das
Sri Aurobindo's approach to ‘Integral education’ is in itself a unique concept. Education of the body, mind and spirit are each expounded in his writings on education, but their integration is even more significant. He has also dwelt on the social and psychological aspects of education. “ The first principle of teaching is that nothing can be taught”. This statement of Sri Aurobindo condenses a whole lot of theories of education and a new form of pedagogy closer to integral approach to education. It puts learning above teaching. It makes learning a self-starting, self propelling process. It redefines the role of the teacher from a mere possessor of information to a facilitator and a guide for the learner.
Source: NCTE

The Montessori Method: Scientific Pedagogy As Applied To Child Education In "The Children's Houses" [2.11MB]
Maria Montessori
The Montessori Method is well known. Here is the English translation of the Italian edition of "Il Metodo della Pedagogia Scientifica". The book outlines the educational method for children from three to six years.
Source: http://digital.library.upenn.edu/women/montessori/method/method.html

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