ERIC Number: EJ891325
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Jul
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Troublesome Sentiments: The Origins of Dewey's Antipathy to Children's Imaginative Activities
Waddington, David I.
Studies in Philosophy and Education, v29 n4 p351-364 Jul 2010
One of the interesting aspects of Dewey's early educational thought is his apparent hostility toward children's imaginative pursuits, yet the question of why this antipathy exists remains unanswered. As will become clear, Dewey's hostility towards imaginative activities stemmed from a broad variety of concerns. In some of his earliest work, Dewey adopted a set of anti-Romantic criticisms and used these concerns to attack what one might call "runaway" imaginative and emotional tendencies. Then, in his early educational writings, these earlier concerns were augmented by several other factors, including problematic trends in progressive education, new developments in psychology, and Dewey's own educational aims. This analysis explores the roots of these criticisms, and explains how they culminate in the stance on the imagination that Dewey eventually outlined in the early educational writings. Notably, these findings have some important implications for certain prominent contemporary critics of progressivism.
Descriptors: Cultural Context, Psychological Patterns, Progressive Education, Imagination, Attitudes, Criticism, Children, Writing (Composition)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Early Childhood Education; Elementary Education
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