New York University will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the publication of the ground-breaking The Process of Education, authored by psychologist Jerome Bruner, with panel discussions on education on Wednesday, April 27, 5 p.m., at NYU School of Law’s Greenberg Lounge, Vanderbilt Hall, 40 Washington Square South (between Sullivan and MacDougal Sts.).
The event, which will include closing remarks by Bruner, is free and open to the public. For more information, call 212.998.5001. Subway Lines: A, B, C, D, E, F, M (West 4th Street). The event is sponsored by NYU’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development.
Bruner, a research professor of psychology at NYU and a senior research fellow at NYU School of Law, took the educational world by storm with the publication of The Process of Education, which linked the latest findings in cognitive research with the thinking behind the curriculum reform efforts taking place in dozens of universities and educational research and development centers across the country – the most extensive school reform effort that the United States had ever seen. The most controversial assertion in the book was the hypothesis that “any subject can be taught effectively in some intellectually honest form to any child at any stage of development,” a challenge to the reformers of the period. The Process of Education, with its call for a partnership between scholars and teachers to close the gap between the frontier of research and the schoolroom, was published 50 years ago, but is still deeply relevant today.
Bruner’s remarks will be preceded by an introduction from NYU Steinhardt Dean Mary Brabeck and a pair of panel discussions. The first, “Education in the U.S. in the 1960s,” will be moderated by Harvard University’s Howard Gardner and include the following: J. Lawrence Aber, NYU Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development; Barbara Beatty, Wellesley College; Peter Dow, First Hand Learning; Ronald Evans, San Diego State University; Patricia Greenfield, University of California, Los Angeles; and David Olson, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education.
The second, “Education in the U.S. Today,” will be moderated by Marcelo Suarez-Orozcó of NYU Steinhardt and include the following: Joshua Aronson, NYU Steinhardt; Hubert Dyasi, City University of New York; Elizabeth Knoll, Harvard University Press; Ellen Lagemann, Bard College; Roy Pea, Stanford University; and Eric Wanner, Russell Sage Foundation.
Reporters interested in attending the event must RSVP to James Devitt, NYU’s Office of Public Affairs, at 212.998.6808 or firstname.lastname@example.org.