Jerome Bruner, Meaning-Making and Education for Conflict Resolution: Why How We Think Matters

Sally Myers
The Woolf Institute, UK

Product Details
19 Feb 2021
Emerald Publishing Limited
112 pages - 152 x 229mm
Emerald Points
The way we think about things matters just as much as what we think about things.

This timely text investigates the work of educational philosopher and psychologist Jerome Bruner through the areas of knowledge representation, meaning-making, education and dispute. What people represent to others might not always be what they actually think. However, accepting this limitation, the aim of this book is to offer a means of examining representations about a given subject and an understanding of how those representations might change over time in response to learning, crisis, and encounter with 'other'.

Myers offers an educational intervention that invites development of representations in response to difference. Presenting a new framework for examining controversy between worldviews and a method for creating space for difference, the book brings this into dialogue with education and research, conflict resolution and religion. This framework maps representations and proposes a method of engaging the psychological processes involved in changing representations.

An excellent resource of interest to researchers, professionals and postgraduate students alike in education, sociology and philosophy related disciplines.
Chapter 1. Jerome Bruner: An overview of key ideas 
Chapter 2. Constructing Knowing: Paradigmatic and narrative modes of representation and the social context of meaning making 
Chapter 3. Minding Challenge: Stances towards new information and openness to change 
Chapter 4. Changing Minds: Narrative mechanisms of adaptation 
Chapter 5. A Brunerian Toolkit 
Chapter 6. Dialogues
Sally Myers is Visiting Scholar at the Woolf Institute, Cambridge. Her research and professional interest is in religious epistemology, and specifically with how individuals and communities represent their faith to themselves and others, how this impacts on attitudes and behaviour, and how this changes over time in response to learning, crisis and encounter of ‘other’. She is a priest in the Church of England.

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