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IN CONTEXT

APPROACH

Genetic epistemology

BEFORE

1693 English philosopher John Locke’s Some Thoughts Concerning Education suggests a child’s mind is a tabula rasa, or blank slate.

1780s German philosopher Immanuel Kant introduces the concept of the schema and suggests that morality develops independently of authority figures through interaction with peers.

AFTER

1907 Italian educator Dr. Maria Montessori opens the first Montessori school, which encourages independence and respect for natural developmental stages.

1970s—80s Many Western education systems incorporate a more child-centered approach to learning.

Somewhere between his roots as a precocious young ...

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