Experience And Education

August 30, 2019 - Comment

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

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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Anonymous says:

Important book on Dewey’s core beliefs about progressive education. Although originally published in 1938, Dewey provides a fascinating account of the role of experience in education, much of which remains relevant today, almost two decades into the 21st century. Dewey’s comments about the importance of continuity and interaction in experience provides an interesting perspective for thinking about how students learn. Furthermore, his thoughts on social control, freedom, and purpose are helpful in comparing the structure and effects of traditional and…

Anonymous says:

A great resource for parents and educators alike, and still relevant today Although Experience and Education is small in form and a mere 91 pages in length, it is packed with highly useful information not only for professional educators but also for parents and caregivers of children. It is bittersweet that Dewey’s work remains relevant many decades after it was first published. Sadly, too little has been done to improve the quality of education in this country. Writers and educators such as Dewey have given us the tools needed to provide high quality education to the…

Anonymous says:

Pedagogy again at its best. This text also was proprietary to higher education as it covers the advent of all education and the importance of conceptual creations constructed by yester-year educational theorists that are still successfully in place today. Work experience is a theory promulgated by John Dewey in the 19th century that incorporated these experiences into the classroom curriculum is currently promoted in schools of the 21st century via academic credit for work experiences. In fact, several more of Mr. Dewey’s…

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