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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An experience may be immediately enjoyable and yet promote the formation of a
slack and careless attitude; this attitude then operates to modify the quality of
subsequent experiences so as to prevent a person from getting out of them what
Such freedom is in turn identical with self-control; for the formation of purposes
and the organization of means to execute them are the work of intelligence. Plato
once defined a slave as the person who executes the purposes of another, and, ...
over the need for careful observation, for wide range of information, and for
judgment if students are to share in the formation of the purposes which activate
them. In an educational scheme, the occurrence of a desire and impulse is not
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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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This was an interesting little book. It would have been very useful to me in my early education courses. Read full review
Traditional vs Progressive Education
The Need of a Theory of Experience
Criteria of Experience
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