Froebel and the pedagogy of computing

Miles Berry, Sept 29, 2013
Commentary by Stephen Downes

Nice article describing the thinking and influence of 19th century German educator Friedrich Fröbel. Known as the inventor of kindergarten - "children's garden" - Froebel emphasized the importance of natural environments and play. "One of the things which set Froebel’s kindergartens apart from other schools of his day was the emphasis on providing children with an incredibly rich environment in which to learn, not so much through being taught as through purposeful exploration and discovery." And Miles Berry notes the distinction between play and 'play'. "There’s a difference between play and playing games. There’s more freedom in the former, there are rules and objectives in the latter." Image: Wikipedia.

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