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Book Review

A New Culture of Learning: Cultivating the Imagination for a World of Constant Change

Douglas Thomas and John Seely Brown
CreateSpace, 2011. Contents, references 137 pp. $12.95 paper. ISBN: 9781456458881

by Carsten Jessen

First Paragraph:

It takes courage and a great deal of confidence to challenge the dominant belief system in education by writing a book that claims “the kind of learning that will define the twenty-first century is not taking place in a classroom” (p. 17). The vast majority of public-education stakeholders will inevitably resist such a claim. Perhaps that is why Thomas and Brown modify their bold declaration with this reassuring qualification: “at least not in today’s classroom”(p.17). Questioning the classroom proves the least of their “crimes” against the traditional educational system. Anyone with a serious interest in education should read the 137 inspiring pages of this brief book, particularly because Thomas and Brown dare to criticize several basic assumptions of the field, and they do so with great confidence.