ERIC Number: ED105922
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1975
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The Influence of John Dewey's Philosophy on the Founding of the General College.
Balkcum, Elvin O.
General College Studies, v11 n2 1974-1975
This report investigates the relationship between the philosophy of John Dewey and the founding of the two-year General College of the University of Minnesota. Originally designated "The Junior College of the University of Minnesota", the college was established in response to the diverse needs and abilities of the new student population which emerged during the early 1930's. The report demonstrates that the philosophy of the General College, as expressed in polity statements, attitudes, and practices of the faculty and administration during the college's first six years, was heavily influenced by the ideas of Dewey. The first part of the report is a brief explanation of Dewey's theory of individual growth and development and the manner in which this theory, according to Dewey, should be applied in the educational process. This is followed by an inspection of the philosophy of the General College as manifested by the various policy commitments and curriculum procedures adopted by the college. Each curriculum area is examined in relation to Dewey's philosophy. The vast extent of Dewey's influence is shown, even though Dewey's name does not appear in any of the documents relating to the founding of the college. A General College Bibliography and selected Dewey Bibliography are appended. (Author/AH)
Publication Type: Journal Articles
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Authoring Institution: Minnesota Univ., Minneapolis. General Coll.