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Li, Weisheng – Education and Culture, 2020
In this essay, we focus on how Chinese students' experience emerged and evolved in the educational activities of the twenty-first century, one hundred years after John Dewey's visit to China. With the help of a case study, I find that (1) the individual's experience is lived and understood in combination with others' lives; (2) democratic dialogue…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Student Experience, Democratic Values, Educational History
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Ralston, Shane J. – Education and Culture, 2019
This article explores the possibility that John Dewey's silence about which democratic means are needed to achieve democratic ends, while confusing, makes greater sense if we appreciate the notion of political technology from an anthropological perspective. Michael Eldridge relates the exchange between John Herman Randall, Jr. and Dewey in which…
Descriptors: Educational Philosophy, Democratic Values, Democracy, Political Issues
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Hornbeck, Dustin; Abowitz, Kathleen Knight; Andrew Saultz – Education and Culture, 2019
Virtual schooling is expanding as an alternative to traditional public schooling in the early twenty-first century. This paper analyzes virtual schooling with regards to the democratic associational aims of public schooling as conceived by John Dewey. We examine the general landscape of virtual schooling by looking at recent history, governance,…
Descriptors: Computer Simulation, Charter Schools, Democratic Values, Educational Objectives
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Stroud, Scott R. – Education and Culture, 2018
This article explores the contours of the Indian pragmatist Bhimrao Ambedkar and his reconstruction of Buddhism in the 1950s. As a student of John Dewey at Columbia University, young Ambedkar was heavily influenced by the pragmatist ideas of democracy and reconstruction. Throughout his life he would continue to evoke Dewey's words and ideas in his…
Descriptors: Creativity, Educational Philosophy, Buddhism, Democratic Values
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Greenwalt, Kyle A.; Nguyen, Cuong H. – Education and Culture, 2017
In this paper, we explore the degree to which the Buddhist mindfulness practice and the habits of democratic citizenship can be reconstructed in light of each other. We ask what mindfulness is, seeking to first understand it in its Buddhist context. Then we turn to the work of John Dewey in order to seek possibilities for mutual reconstruction.…
Descriptors: Aesthetics, Democratic Values, Citizenship Education, Progressive Education
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Dotts, Brian W. – Education and Culture, 2016
This article presents a novel account of a key concept in John Dewey's reconstructionist theory specifically related to the nucleus underlying his idea of democracy: intersubjective communication, what Dewey called the "democratic criterion." Many theorists relate democracy to a form of rule. Consequently, discussions of democracy tend…
Descriptors: Philosophy, Democracy, Social Theories, Democratic Values
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Stitzlein, Sarah M. – Education and Culture, 2014
Today's social and political context is filled with environmental elements that both support and work against deep, participatory democracy. I argue that certain democratic habits should be nurtured through a supportive formative culture, especially in schools, in order to best achieve good democratic life in the present context. My aim here…
Descriptors: Citizenship Education, Educational Theories, Democratic Values, Habit Formation
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Labaree, David F. – Education and Culture, 2014
In this 2013 John Dewey Society Lecture I examine the history and the structure of the American system of higher education. I argue that the true hero of the story is the evolved "form" of the American university and that all the things we love about it, like free speech, are the side effects of a structure that arose for other purposes.…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Educational Philosophy, Educational Attitudes, Freedom of Speech
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Bullert, Gary B. – Education and Culture, 2013
Among the most controversial aspects of John Dewey's career as a public intellectual was his conflict with the Communist Party and its various front groups. John Dewey and Sidney Hook co-founded the Committee for Cultural Freedom that directly exposed that pretense of the Popular Front, which excluded the Soviet Union from the list of totalitarian…
Descriptors: Conflict, Political Affiliation, Foreign Countries, Unions
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Thayer-Bacon, Barbara – Education and Culture, 2012
I explore Montessori's story in terms of her initial warm reception by America to her educational research, and her later cooling off, once Dewey's student, Kilpatrick, published The Montessori System Examined and declared her work to be based on psychological theory that was fifty years behind the times. I argue that there is a troubling gendered…
Descriptors: Educational Research, Democracy, Theory Practice Relationship, Montessori Method
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Hildreth, R. W. – Education and Culture, 2011
One of the most persistent criticisms of John Dewey is his failure to provide definite ends for education. This essay reconstructs Dewey's educational thought to provide more guidance on the nature of educational ends. Rather than impose external ends and a rigid curriculum, Dewey provides evaluative criteria so that citizens themselves can assess…
Descriptors: Role of Education, Outcomes of Education, Citizenship, Education Work Relationship
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Peng, Hongmei – Education and Culture, 2009
In this article, the author digs into John Dewey's writings to explore his democratic community to better understand the meaning and the value of community. The author begins by considering the connotation of the concept "community," which is distinguished from the more popular term "society" used in ordinary language. Then the author transitions…
Descriptors: Democratic Values, Social Environment, Educational Philosophy, Democracy
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Meadows, Elizabeth; Blatchford, Katherine – Education and Culture, 2009
Excellent, democratic education that furthers each person's potential, success and happiness for her own and others' well-being is not yet widespread in the U.S. today. Dewey's The Public and Its Problems has much to say about the possibilities and challenges of achieving this goal. This paper examines Dewey's ideas about how a public for…
Descriptors: Democracy, Democratic Values, Social Change, Social Justice