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Experience And Education Paperback – July 1, 1997
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And then I started getting hints that this work was older. I started thinking... it must have been a 70's book, for it fits in well with the movements of that age, which founded many 'learning community' style colleges like my own. But I got more clues. 60's? 50's? How could someone write so well that I can understand him as if he were a modern writer?
This little book was originally published in 1938, but even then, I learned that this was a response to cricicism from his life work. This is a summary of his thoughts and a rebuttal to his critics. Because of his audience, he tends to repeat himself in this volume, to make it perfectly clear what exactly he is trying to say. Other students found this repetition annoying, while I found it helpful, and I truly appreciated the attempt he made not to offend anyone, so that his thoughts could be judged on their own merit with as little bias as possible.
So there is the chance that some will not like this book while others like myself enjoyed it immensely, but this work is relevant, quite readable despite the possible 'flaws' in his style, and so short, there's little to lose.
Our teacher told us that each and every one of us will find some quotes in this book that will speak to us, she guaranteed. And she was right.
"What avail is it to win prescribed amounts of information about geography and history, to win ability to read and write, if in the process the individual loses his own soul: loses his appreciation of things worth while, of the values to which these things are relative; if he loses desire to apply what he has learned and, above all, loses the ability to extract meaning from his future experiences as they occur?"
If you think this is a relevant question for students, teachers, and educational leaders to ask, I feel you will enjoy the book. Dewey's meditation poses complex ideas about what constitutes experience, what an instructional program based upon experience looks like, and what sorts of things we should value in considering experiential pedagogy. Probably the shortest, and most accessible, of his major works (but not an easy read).
IF you look at the lesser-starred reviews below, you will see that one main criticism about this book is that it seems to state the obvious. I was not around then, but I am betting that this is a testament to Dewey's influence that what needed to be said then now seems so commonplace. Curriculum is necessary, Dewey wrote, but that doesn't mean that it can't be made relevant to students' lives. Explicit teaching and discipline are necessary but that doesn't mean that the student must be 'put upon' as much as 'worked with.' Education should not be simply the passive receipt of information from instructor to student via memorization, but that doesn't mean that schools should be squeamish about instilling things into students (or that everything has to be student-initiated).
If I have one complaint about this book, though, it is not that its contents are commonplace, but they are sometimes a bit contradictory.Read more ›
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It's Dewey. Except for how he's out of touch of the particular trials and needs of marginalized students, he's got some seriously important advice here.Published 1 month ago by Liberty Mason
This e-book is very poorly edited. There are numerous words that used incorrectly, i.e. "ah" for "all"; there are a number of words that are missing so one has to... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Tina Weisman
Excellent for scholars studying education. Also, suitable for those who are seeking an alternative to the present education system.Published 5 months ago by Leria Joy McKenzie
There are free versions online with the exact same errors. It seems like the makers of this simply copied the free text and never bothered to check for errors.Published 5 months ago by Mikal Tyger Magnanimus Schintzius, The Brave
Kindle version is HORRIBLE - full of typos. I needed to use this for a research paper and now I'm going to have to buy a print version in addition to this worthless file.Published 6 months ago by HT