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ERIC Number: EJ1113069
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 10
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0160-7561
Dewey on Educating Vocation: Bringing Adult Learning to the University
Keitges, Mark
Philosophical Studies in Education, v47 p78-87 2016
This paper addresses Dewey's complex notion of vocation--particularly his idea of multiple vocational activities--and relates it to educating for vocation in colleges and universities. The author argues that higher educators can best respect a student's autonomy as a chooser--with multiple potential vocations--by giving him or her multiple "selections of reality" to reflect upon. In this paper, the author evokes some common sense understandings of vocation as an interlude to Dewey's discussion of multiple vocational activities in "Democracy and Education." The paper discusses the "problem of adult learning" and the difficulty it poses for introducing a wider view of vocation to undergraduates as emerging adults, and considers strategies for introducing Dewey's concept of multiple vocational activities into the university curriculum.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Adult Education
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Language: English
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