- Subject index
This book provides an authoritative, yet accessible guide to the philosophy of education, its scope, its key thinkers and movements, and its potential contribution to a range of educational concerns. The text offers a balanced view of three key dimensions: first, in giving an equal weight to different styles and modes of philosophy; second, by including past and present perspectives on philosophy of education; and third, in covering both the general “perennial” issues in philosophy and issues of more contemporary concern.
Chapter 7: John Dewey and Educational Pragmatism
John Dewey and Educational Pragmatism
John Dewey (1859–1952) is the best known and frequently cited philosopher of education in America and maintains a large following elsewhere in the world. Indeed, it is not too much of a stretch to say that because of Dewey's attention to education and his philosophically like-minded students populating the faculty at Columbia University's Teachers’ College, the discipline of philosophy of education began in earnest. Dewey wrote prolifically on education. He also wrote on a broad range of other social and political topics, as well as on all major branches of philosophy. Dewey lived a very long life (92 years), and was witness to the American Civil War (as a child), two World Wars, and the introduction ...