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Democracy and Education: An Introduction to the Philosophy of Education [Paperback]

John Dewey
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18 Jan 2011 1936041871 978-1936041879
Addresses the challenge of providing quality public education in a democratic society.
--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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  • Paperback: 198 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Brown (18 Jan 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1936041871
  • ISBN-13: 978-1936041879
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 22.9 x 1.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 28,670 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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John Dewey (1859–1952) was an American philosopher, psychologist, and educational reformer whose ideas have been very influential to education and social reform. Dewey, along with Charles Sanders Peirce and William James, is recognized as one of the founders of the philosophy of pragmatism and of functional psychology. He was a major representative of the progressive and progressive populist philosophies of schooling during the first half of the 20th century in the USA. Although Dewey is known best for his publications concerning education, he also wrote about many other topics, including experience and nature, art and experience, logic and inquiry, democracy, and ethics. In his advocacy of democracy, Dewey considered two fundamental elements—schools and civil society—as being major topics needing attention and reconstruction to encourage experimental intelligence and plurality. Dewey asserted that complete democracy was to be obtained not just by extending voting rights but also by ensuring that there exists a fully-formed public opinion, accomplished by effective communication among citizens, experts, and politicians, with the latter being accountable for the policies they adopt. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Why is this book ignored by educators? 4 Mar 1999
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Dewey describes a philosophy of education that values and respects the learner through experiential and situated educational experiences. Despite the fact that Democracy and Education was published at the beginning of the century, many of the common sense ideas that Dewey suggests have yet to be implemented in American education. Democracy and Education supplies educators with a valuable alternative to the traditional philosophy of education that is based on a socially constructed dis-connect between formal schooling and the social context that educatoin is situated in. Dewey starts with what he sees as the foundations of education, then builds a philosophy of education that sees a democratic society as the ultimate goal of American education.
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Perhaps the fact that this great work receives so little attention is indicative of what ails education: educators focus their attention on all the latest drivel concerning education while only paying lip service to Dewey, who remains the highest-ranking educational philosopher. It pains me to hear and read bungling educators mindlessly parrot Dewey's catch phrases (e.g., "learning by doing") while pushing educational doctrines completely antithetical to Dewey's ideas. Dewey had it right, but is grossly misunderstood by the bozos who vapidly regurgitate his words and phrases. In other words, I recommend that you go to the source.
If you are in any way concerned with or interested in education and happen to stumble upon this lonely page, do yourself, your kids, and/or your students a favor and study this book carefully; It eclipses all other books on education.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Worst layout ever 2 Mar 2012
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This is a review of the physical book, not the text
I can only assume that the other reviewers possess a different edition to the SB one presented here.
Otherwise surely they would have protested about its presentation.
The font size of the main text is that of footnotes, but the clincher is the width of the text. The
margins are so small that the length of each line is grossly disproportionate. The leading is also
totally inadequate.
I took this book from the postman, opened the package on the way back to the house, saw the text and
in response deposited it in the bin before re-entering the house.
The publishers should be utterly ashamed of themselves.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars dewey demonstrates 13 Oct 2011
By allard
Format:Paperback
Dewey writes in a easy to follow style which enables the reader to make comparissons to their own practice and explore their own style of working in relation to his theories.
This is a good read for informal educators, and creates an understanding of how society has had to adapt thorugh our own advancements, yet maintaining links between common, community and communication, the passing on of skills and a way of being with a common understanding which secures a similar emotional and intellectial disposition of those we engage with on a large scale (The passing on not only of knowledge but also attitude).
Although this was written a long time ago, and some might say it is a little idealistic, I found it good read, and found it captured somthing which we seem to have lost in society.
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