|By Brent Davis|
The book is very fractal in nature, and can be read in a linear progression from the first page to the end, or it can be experienced in different directions. At the end of each section, Davis gives recommendations on where to go next, depending on the shape you want your lived experience of the book to take place.
It starts with central questions about the nature of the universe, and how humans have tried to understand the world through differing viewpoints about how we experience the world. Davis then begins to examine the metaphors, language, history, and practice of education (among others ideas) associated with each. It branches off into two directions; the physical and the metaphysical. Each branch of the tree, ends with a conception (or as the title suggests, an invention?) of what teaching and education is/was. Before it gets to the end, it goes through several phases. The first is the knowing part, or what the source of the knowledge is. Next, is the learning part, or how we come to know. Finally, we end with the teaching section, and in this area of the circle is where education lives.
Here is a brief overview of the fractal tree of the book. If this is something that you enjoy, I encourage you to check it out. If you are into the history of education and the philosophy of thought, this is an absolutely fascinating read. It gives a different perspective on why education is viewed the way it is, and why we do some of the things that we do (or why we maybe we shouldn't do them).
At the least, it will get you thinking about this; What is your conception of teaching? And what are the explicit and implicit metaphors and affordances associated with it?