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Maxine Greene

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Radhika Sharma

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Maxine's Theories of Education Theory of Value: Students need to understand that the reason for learning is to nuture their intellectual talents for the construction of society into a more democratic, just, and caring place to live.

Theory of Knowledge: Knowledge is "anything that helps us to know ourselves and the world in which we live."

Theory of Human-Nature: Emphasizes being actively engaged in activites which define your character and stresses "wide-awakeness".

Wide-awakeness: "My slogan is wide-awakeness. To be awake is to take risks, to see things that you probably would not want to see. We have to teach that, an awareness, a courage to see. Without it, we'll just be for profit, and not for meaning." Biography Maxine Greene was born on December 23rd, 1917 in Brooklyn, New York
She is an American educational philosopher, writer, social activist and teacher
She graduated from Barnard college in 1938 and went on to pursue a master's degree at NYU which she completed in 1949
Maxine recieved her doctorate in Education from NYU in 1955
She spent 5 years teaching philosophy and literature at NYU
She also taught at Brooklyn College and Montclair college
Maxine began teaching at Columbia University in 1965 and soon became the Professor of Philosophy of Education
She still teaches at Columbia University today
In 1984, Maxine was named the First Female President of the American Educational Reserach Association in 31 years
In 2003, she founded her organization, the Maxine Green foundation Maxine's Theories of Education Theory of Learning: Learning is the exploration of ideas and asking questions to create meaning in life.

Theory of Transmission: Encourages teachers to educate students about their responsibility for our collective well-being.

Theory of Society: Maintaining a critical stance towards society yet being equally tolerant of individual differences.
*creating classroom culture

Theory of Opportunity: Everybody needs to be educated to be part of society.

Theory of Consensus: Each person has a different perception of the world, so this might give multiple interpretations. Implications For Education
"The full range of human experience is not available to most individuals, but it can be explored through literature and the arts.

"If you can enable children to choose projects that are meaningful, the product and the final analysis will be superior."

Greene emphasizes the value of aesthetic thought and creative thinking, in relation to their diminishing importance in the classroom.

This can be applied to the way in which teachers assess their students. Teachers can differentitate and vary their assessments and let thier students choose (i.e.-essay, test, poster, play, etc). This way, students have a creative medium in which to express themeselves and their understanding of the subject matter/content. This shows that one size does not always fit all. Application in the Classroom Differentiating Assessment:
In English class while reading a book.
Assessment options: write a traditional book report, create a comic of a chapter, present a scene in a group, make a diarama of a scene, make a chart the keeps track of suspense of story.

Incorporating Art into the classroom:
In Math while learning slope intercept form.
Each student is given a clean graph and is asked to draw a picture in it that sufices the requirements given and find the equation in slope intercept form of each line in the picture. After the picture is complete students must also answer the analysis questions in order to further assess their understanding. By Radhika & Molly MAXINE GREENE Squiggle Drawing Think about what you
see in the squiggle.

Draw a picture with the
squiggle included.

Attach a small story to your
squiggle drawing. Discussion Question: How can we incorporate Maxine Greene's theories of education into the classroom or classroom assessments? *Keep in mind the importance Maxine Greene places upon aesthetic thought, creative thinking, and the incorporation of literature and the arts. Key Points Human experience can be explored through literature and the arts.
Encounters with works of art can bring humans in touch with themselves to build a just, compassionate, and meaningful democracy.
It is important to be able to express oneself in a number of different ways (imagery, language, and art)

"Teaching is not about filling students with knowledge, it is about helping them develop the ability to construct thier own meaning." Any questions? Video link: www.youtube.com/watch?v=SYStYPvtt-8
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