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ERIC Number: ED482258
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Aug
Pages: 204
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ISBN: ISBN-0-300-09433-7
Getting It Wrong from the Beginning: Our Progressivist Inheritance from Herbert Spencer, John Dewey, and Jean Piaget.
Egan, Kieran
This book sets out to prove that the progressivist tenets that have become the foundation of American education are mistaken. The author does not argue against progressivism on the basis of the usual alternatives of liberal or traditional theories of education because it is not adequately attuned to preparing students for jobs. The author sets out to expose the flaw in the most widely held beliefs among educators today. To further her argument, the author discusses the works and influences of Herbert Spencer (1820-1903), Jean Piaget (1896-1980), and John Dewey (1859-1952). However, this book is not be construed as biography or history; it is a platform to further an alternative view of how to better educate children in the modern world. Chapter 1 outlines some of the basic ideas of progressivism, showing their early expression in the work of Spencer. Chapters 2 through 4 examine ideas about learning, development, and the curriculum. In chapter 5, the author argues that much modern educational research is flawed by presuppositions related to those the author identifies in progressivism. Throughout the book, the author indicates the direction educators need to move in to get beyond the pervasive flaw of progressivism. (WFA)
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Publication Type: Books; Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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