Science & Education

, Volume 24, Issue 4, pp 459–461 | Cite as

Kieran Egan, Annabella Cant and Gillian Judson (eds): Wonder-full Education: The Centrality of Wonder in Teaching and Learning Across the Curriculum

Routledge, New York and London, 2014, ISBN: 978-0-415-82029-5, 248 pp, $145.00
  • Dimitris KoliopoulosEmail author
Book Review

The book ‘Wonder-full Education. The Centrality of Wonder in Teaching and Learning Across the Curriculum’, edited by K. Egan, A. Cant and G. Judson, is a series of documents about the concept of wonder and its relation to the curriculum. The main reference in almost every one of these documents is the innovational work of Kieran Egan (1997, 2005), which guides or inspires them and/or appears as a ‘theoretical umbrella’. The concept of wonder is polysemous and some of the documents in the book are dedicated to the clarification of this term. For example, the paper of Y. Hadzigeorgiou (Reclaiming the Value of Wonder in Science Education) is very enlightening, as the writer dedicates a part of his work to the discrimination between wonder having to do with scientific curiosity, which mainly leads to a conceptual approach of reality, and wonder related to elements as mystery and awe, in other words, an emotional response which may be considered as a pre-requisite for engaging with the...


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Educational Sciences and Early Childhood EducationUniversity of PatrasPatrasGreece

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