Dead facts or really powerful knowledge? A struggle for the meaning of 'knowledge'
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Wrigley, T. (2019) Dead facts or really powerful knowledge? A struggle for the meaning of 'knowledge'. Education for Tomorrow, (1).
The word knowledge is rich in meaning. In English we use the same word for knowing facts and knowing people and places. One of the great European pioneers of progressive teaching Johann Pestalozzi called for ‘learning by head, and and heart’, yet it is easy to revert to a narrower and drier sense of knowledge as a body of facts. Knowledge also stretches between bodies of accumulated content and the process of coming to know; we can store knowledge in libraries but also grow in knowledge through travel.