ERIC Number: ED536865
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Mar-7
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 7
Using the Pragmatic Progressive Philosophy in Adult Education
Ellis, Marsha L.
Using a pragmatic approach of progressive philosophy when educating adult learners utilizes the knowledge of history, to connect reality with current experiences through facilitated learning. The purpose of this paper is an attempt to show how adult education that uses a pragmatic progressive philosophy encompasses adult experiences, relationships, impacts behavior, humanistic, and radical approaches that create ways of developing and empowering adult learning in and outside of the classroom environment. The philosophical basis of progressivism is pragmatism a distinctively American philosophy that goes back to the 1870s. Dewey described the inductive scientific method in his classic, How We Think (1910). Pragmatism accepts both the relativism and pluralism of worldviews. This attitude is most in keeping with nature of human beings and the evolving world (Elias & Merriam, (2005).
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Adult Education
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