Book Review : Wineburg, S. Why Learn History (When it’s Already on Your Phone). Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 2018, 241 pp., $20.00. ISBN: 9780226357218 (Paperback).

Bardapurkar, Abhijeet (2021) Book Review : Wineburg, S. Why Learn History (When it’s Already on Your Phone). Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 2018, 241 pp., $20.00. ISBN: 9780226357218 (Paperback). Contemporary Education Dialogue, 18 (2). pp. 232-238. ISSN 2249-5320

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Abstract

The work of an educationist, and of a teacher in particular, is never easy. She is expected to prepare grounds, where achievements meet aspirations, where aims meet values, and where social decisions meet personal developmental pathways. Children are to learn, and the teacher is to teach, but between them are the worlds of historians, scientists, musicians, economists, lawyers, social reformers, spiritual leaders, mathematicians, technocrats, politicians and many more. Sam Wineburg’s Why Learn History (When It’s Already on Your Phone) tells us stories of the meetings of these worlds. Stories of the efforts of various authorities in education— including the author, his colleagues, students and the teachers—to make sense of, to change, to reform the aims and practices of education. These stories have a specific context: the rise of Internet, easy availability of information of all sorts, some closer to truth, some farther and some without a trace of commitment to anything of value.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Social sciences > Education
Divisions: Azim Premji University > School of Education
Depositing User: Mr. Sachin Tirlapur
Date Deposited: 08 Jun 2021 03:52
Last Modified: 08 Jun 2021 07:39
URI: http://publications.azimpremjifoundation.org/id/eprint/2699
Publisher URL: https://doi.org/10.1177%2F09731849211009637

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