Experience and Education
Narrated by Gary Willprecht
Approximately 2.5 hours
Book published by Southern Illinois University Press
Experience and Education is the best concise statement on education ever published by John Dewey, the man acknowledged to be the preeminent educational theorist of the twentieth century. The book demonstrates how Dewey reformulated his ideas as a result of his intervening experience with the progressive schools and in the light of the criticisms his theories had received.
Analyzing both "traditional" and "progressive" education, Dr. Dewey here insists that neither the old nor the new education is adequate and that each is miseducative because neither of them applies the principles of a carefully developed philosophy of experience. Many pages of this volume illustrate Dr. Dewey's ideas for a philosophy of experience and its relation to education. He particularly urges that all teachers and educators looking for a new movement in education should think in terms of the deeped and larger issues of education rather than in terms of some divisive "ism" about education, even such an "ism" as "progressivism." His philosophy, here expressed in its most essential, most readable form, predicates an American educational system that respects all sources of experience, on that offers a true learning situation that is both historical and social, both orderly and dynamic.
John Dewey (1859-1952) was an American psychologist, philosopher, educator, social critic and political activist. He was outspoken on education, domestic and international politics, and numerous social movements. Among the many concerns that attracted Dewey's support were women's suffrage, progressive education, educator's rights, the Humanistic movement, and world peace.
“No one has done more to keep alive the fundamental ideals of liberal civilization.”
—Morris R. Cohen
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