Experience and Education

Experience and Education

by John Dewey


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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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ISBN-13: 9780684838281
Publisher: Free Press
Publication date: 07/01/1997
Series: Kappa Delta PI Lectures Series
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 96
Sales rank: 118,668
Product dimensions: 4.18(w) x 7.00(h) x 0.30(d)

About the Author

John Dewey, philosopher and social critic, was the author of more than twenty books. He was a professor at Columbia University and a writer for The New Republic. He died in 1952.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is a classic. So concise and so powerful, it applies perfectly to the ongoing debate on progressive vs. traditional schooling. His points of view and arguments are convincing, offering us educators a good chance to rethink what our practice is all about, instead of just going with the flow and teaching the way we were taught. His arguments, after being criticized for his progressive position, are not as radical, extremely rational and well put. It is far from being boring; this tiny book carries so much in it, you can easily read it quicker than you'd read your morning newspaper.
librarygirl13 More than 1 year ago
Should be a standard read for anyone interested in education.
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rachel44 More than 1 year ago
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I had to read this book for a college course. I'm sure that John Dewey is trying to say something, I'm sure it also makes sense...just not to me. Reading this book is like watching paint dry. It's dry and I get the feeling like he's using million dollar words just to give you bang for your buck. If it were not for class I would never have brought this. The book is less than 100 pgs. and I've been reading it for three weeks. I can read a novel in a day. Educational, maybe...boring without a doubt. Confusing and dry (again).