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ERIC Number: EJ1116448
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1076-0180
John Dewey's Pragmatism: Implications for Reflection in Service-Learning
Maddux, Harry Clark; Donnett, Deborah
Michigan Journal of Community Service Learning, v21 n2 p64-73 Spr 2015
This essay examines the relationship of philosophical pragmatism to the practice of reflection in service-learning. Service-learning theory and practice often elides over or ignores entirely the principles of inquiry as developed by Dewey. The exercise of reflective thought requires that educators create a situation of discomfort for learners, and mandates that students examine the warrants of settled belief (i.e., assumptions). A brief historical overview of the major strains of American pragmatism is presented, followed by a summative review of important treatments of reflection in service-learning. The elements of inquiry in Dewey are then analyzed and their implications for service-learning considered.
Edward Ginsberg Center for Community Service and Learning, University of Michigan. 1024 Hill Street, Ann Arbor, MI 48109-3310. Tel: 734-647-7402; Fax: 734-647-7464; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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