Experience And Education
Experience and Education is the best concise statement on education ever published by John Dewey, the man acknowledged to be the pre-eminent educational theorist of the twentieth century. Written more than two decades after Democracy and Education (Dewey's most comprehensive statement of his position in educational philosophy), this book demonstrates how Dewey reformulated his ideas as a result of his intervening experience with the progressive schools and in the light of the criticisms his theories had received.
Analyzing both "traditional" and "progressive" education, Dr. Dewey here insists that neither the old nor the new education is adequate and that each is miseducative because neither of them applies the principles of a carefully developed philosophy of experience. Many pages of this volume illustrate Dr. Dewey's ideas for a philosophy of experience and its relation to education. He particularly urges that all teachers and educators looking for a new movement in education should think in terms of the deeped and larger issues of education rather than in terms of some divisive "ism" about education, even such an "ism" as "progressivism." His philosophy, here expressed in its most essential, most readable form, predicates an American educational system that respects all sources of experience, on that offers a true learning situation that is both historical and social, both orderly and dynamic.
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—Alfred North Whitehead “No one who is informed in the educational field can
doubt for a moment the profound influence of John Dewey on both the theory and
the practice of American education.” —William Heard Kilpatrick “John Dewey is ...
It means the necessity of the introduction of a new order of conceptions leading to
new modes of practice. It is for this reason that it is so difficult to develop a
philosophy of education, the moment tradition and custom are departed from. It is
and practices of the past—as is exemplified at present in education in the attempt
to revive the principles of ancient Greece and of the middle ages. It is in this
context that I have suggested at the close of this little volume that those who are ...
They become concrete only in the consequences which result from their
application. Just because the principles set forth are so fundamental and far-
reaching, everything depends upon the interpretation given them as they are put
into practice ...
... it is assumed that it suffices to reject the ideas and practices of the old
education and then go to the opposite extreme. ... a theory and practice of
education which proceeds negatively or by reaction against what has been
current in education ...
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - JDHomrighausen - LibraryThing
The popularity of John Dewey, American pragmatist philosopher and education reformer, has largely waned. But during his 90+ years of life, he was one of the most famous public intellectuals alive ... Read full review
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since I entered Library and got an introduction of John Melvil Dewey I was very interested in him and thought that he was the cause of millions of people to be majored in several subjects from his classification system.........! Read full review