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ERIC Number: EJ1078554
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 13
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1047-8248
Discovering a Route to Revitalize the Foundations of Education: Reflective Thinking from Theory to Practice
Jorgensen, C. Gregg
Educational Foundations, v28 n1-4 p121-133 2015
If the Foundations of Education are in danger of becoming extinct, Gregg Jorgensen, associate professor in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at Western Illinois University, says a critical reexamination of how the ideological foundations of American education impact the development and growth of democratic ideals is long overdue. He suggests that it is possible for educators, as individuals, to initiate and sustain a process of analyzing and revitalizing teaching and learning using the Foundations of Education as a guide. In addition to reconstituting Foundations of Education, the aim is to solidify the commitment to the ideals of equal opportunity and democracy in schooling within an overarching concern for social justice. Jorgensen suggests that it would benefit educators to look back to ideas and ideals of teaching that emanated from noted scholars in the early part of the 20th century. In particular, he believes a good starting point is an examination of the merger of John Dewey's philosophy of education as translated into teaching practices by H. Gordon Hullfish, a renowned educator who taught at The Ohio State University from the early 1920s to 1961. The reason is that both of these noted individuals promoted and developed concepts of reflective thinking practices in the classroom--an essential educational process from which the Foundations of Education evolve. Indeed, Dewey (1927) held, "To learn in a human way and to human effect is not just to acquire added skill through refinement of original capacities" (p. 154). Some scholars of the early 1900s initiated notions of a democratic classroom in public schools that fostered H. Gordon Hullfish's ideas surrounding reflective thinking teaching (Stern, 2013). Herein, Jorgensen examines Hullfish's teaching and learning methodology involving reflective thinking and the influence of Dewey's educational philosophy on Hullfish.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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