My experiences as a public school student drove me into teaching with a mind for reform. My experiences as a teacher drove me to a complete rethinking of what it means to be educated. Foremost in my mind is the question of purpose, what John Dewey termed “the aims of education”, and how to revive a truly learner-centered approach to schooling. Lost Apple, my unpublished ms is my first novel, and I hope to expand on it in two more connected novels. I am passionate about education, its history, practices and accessibility. In addressing these interests and concerns I have chosen the format of an imaginative satire with a dash of magical realism. PLEASE NOTE: I have removed the download of my manuscript for the time being.
In my work as an educator and education writer I have been influenced by many thinkers, especially Tsunesaburo Makiguchi, an early 20th century Japanese education reformer. His theory of soka, or “value-creation” has had a profound influence on my work in education. Other influences in this regard are Paulo Freire, the late Brazilian education reformer, John Dewey, Jean-Jacques Rousseau (his great book on education, Emile), Johann Heinrich Pestalozzi, the 18th/19th century educationist and father of child-centered learning, and Friedrich Froebel, a Pestalozzi disciple and the originator of Kindergarten, and many others. As a lover of literature, philosophy and the social sciences my influences are many and growing all the time, but I am not as heavy as all of this implies. I am a husband and father of three, a school teacher, a lover of hikes in both city and country, a drinker of fine teas and single malt scotch, a fan of science fiction and fantasy, a huge film buff and all-around decent fellow.
Iain Coggins's Manuscripts
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|Port City Mermaid||Chapter||64||51 weeks 5 days ago|
|The Book of Old Wounds||Chapter||17||1 year 11 weeks ago|
|Walt's Yellow Shirt||Chapter||37||1 year 22 weeks ago|
|PROLOGUE: Tonite||Chapter||22||1 year 25 weeks ago|
|50 Name Possibilities (Formerly 'Help this guy come up with a new name for his novel'||Conversation||24||1 year 27 weeks ago|
|02 Lyons Ate Buffalo||Chapter||6||1 year 33 weeks ago|
|Lost Apple||Manuscript||5||1 year 33 weeks ago|
|Dusty Waters: A Ghost Story||Manuscript||8||1 year 40 weeks ago|
|Walt's Yellow Shirt (short story)||Manuscript||7||1 year 41 weeks ago|
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