ERIC Number: ED262464
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1984-Apr
"Dewey for Teachers": An Empirical Evidence in Its Favor.
An experimental program designed to test an inservice method for introducing the practical aspects of John Dewey's educational philosophy to teachers was received positively by 17 of the program's 20 volunteer participants. The program used a limited version of R.A. Gibboney's "Toward Intellectual Excellence: Some Things to Look for in Classrooms and Schools," a document that introduces Dewey's philosophy, categorizes Dewey's thoughts into 24 specific practice-oriented criteria, and provides materials with which teachers can evaluate the extent to which they and the curricular materials they use apply Dewey's concepts. Dewey's methods were applied to the presentation of the inservice program itself. The experimental process was flexible, allowing the researchers to respond creatively to the participants' needs, developing each phase of the process after evaluating prior phases. Interviews with the participants revealed that most of them understood and agreed with the program's ideas, found the program format beneficial, and made practical use of what they learned. Appendixes present sample program materials. (PGD)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
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