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ERIC Number: EJ1006718
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Feb
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 15
ISSN: ISSN-1554-5210
John Dewey and the Challenge of Progressive Education
Waks, Leonard J.
International Journal of Progressive Education, v9 n1 p73-83 Feb 2013
In "The School and Society" John Dewey noted new tendencies in education, e.g., manual training and nature study. He raised two related questions: (1) how are we to "understand the" new educational trends as reflections of the "social context"--as an "inevitable" effort to bring education into line with the broader pattern of change in industrial society? And (2) how are we to "build upon and direct" them and align them with "democratic social ideals?" Analogous questions arise in today's era of economic globalization, and information technology networks, as we observe new educational trends from collaborative learning to charter schools, and even virtual schools. This essay reviews Dewey's answers to questions 1 and 2 in "School and Society", and then uses them as a template for an analogous inquiry into today's situation. I raise two parallel questions: (1) how may we understand "our" new educational trends in relation to the global network context? And (2) how may we build upon and direct these new educational trends to realize the "contemporary" democratic aspirations of a global network society? (Contains 12 notes.)
International Association of Educators. Egitim Fakultesi Dekanligi, Canakkale Onsekiz Mart University, Canakkale 17100, Turkey. e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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