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The School and Society and The Child and the Curriculum [Kindle Edition]

John Dewey
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John Dewey's ideas have been profoundly influential in education and social reform, and have unfortunately been out of print or hard to find for many years.

Dewey's educational theories were presented in "The School and Society" (1900) and "The Child and the Curriculum" (1902). Throughout these writings, several recurrent themes ring true; Dewey continually argues that education and learning are social and interactive processes, and thus the school itself is a social institution through which social reform can and should take place. In addition, he believed that students thrive in an environment where they are allowed to experience and interact with the curriculum, and all students should have the opportunity to take part in their own learning.

In addition to his ideas regarding what education is and what effect it should have on society, Dewey also had specific notions regarding how education should take place within the classroom. In "The Child and the Curriculum", Dewey discusses two major conflicting schools of thought regarding educational pedagogy. Dewey became one of the most famous proponents of hands-on learning or experiential education, which is related to, but not synonymous with, experiential learning.

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John Dewey (1859-1952), a founder of the philosophical school of pragmatism, was the outstanding thinker in American educational reform during the first half of the twentieth century. His many works on psychology, education, and philosophy include: On Education: Selected Writings, also published by the University of Chicago Press.

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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars What to teach December 12, 2002
Dewey, a profound contributor to the field of education, displays some of his beliefs of the best methods to teach children in The Child and the Curriculum. To begin Dewey's discussion, the child's world is examined. In this examining, a sense of how the child's world operates is formed. Children learn through the process of experiencing things, life. In this book Dewey, finds that the schools in which children are educated contradict their very learning style by nature. "The child's life is an integral, a total one," (p.183, 1902). The way the school disseminates the curriculum is not the most optimal method for students to learn.
A child's life collects all the experiences, thus the child learns. Dewey postulates a change in the formula for teaching children, the curriculum. Why change the curriculum? As Dewey states, children need to be intertwined in the process of doing. Children will learn by doing, making clothes to wear, furniture to sit on, and growing food to eat. The idea of the separate subject area is a key area Dewey analyzes because of how children learn. When a child wants to build a chair to sit on, they examine disciplines across the realm of mathematics, science, and language skills while building the chair. Instead of separating this activity into different disciplines, it is woven throughout the activity. Throughout this book, it is stated that their needs to be a link to what the child is learning and what the child sees as a benefit to themselves.
As an educator, it is important to be exposed to varying ideas as to how the school systems have functioned and are functioning today. There are ideas in this book that a pre-service or current educator should consider during their teaching career. Are Dewey's ideas relevant for today's society? I believe this is a question one has to answer for themselves, construct your own meaning.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
This great book contains two Dewey classics: (1) The School and Society; and, (2) The Child and the Curriculum. This text is like most Dewey works: concise and to the point. This text focuses on the effects and the power that teachers should have in affecting student lives. There is much discussion on Dewey's classic "educative" experiences and how education should be hands-on learning. Dewey also asserts that curriculum should emulate real life challenges and "occupations" of everyday life. Learning occurs in doing and not in repeating facts and figures on multiple-choice tests.

We wonder why the greatest young minds are thrown into math and science courses instead of being encouraged to explore the arts and music. This book continues to show why coursework should not be limited to multiple-choice, fill-in-the-blank, and other methods of factoid memorization but rather coursework should include the exploration of skill-sets and also how the curriculum should provide a catalyst for knowledge and skill exploration.

Like most Dewey books, this should be required reading for all education programs and for all educators. Considered by many to be the only true American philosopher, Dewey once again provides a clear look at why education in America is sub-par in quality and effectiveness.

Also recommended: "Experience and Education," by John Dewey.
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17 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Why going to school ? September 13, 2000
From a high school student's point of view, reading Dewey couldn't provide something else than hope for educational systems, most of which, despite the efforts of making a school a more living atmosphere, organizations still remain too mechanical in learning procedures and detached from social applications regarding the capabilities they serve.
Originally from Cameroon, I've had the opportunity to explore three educational systems from different cultural influence each. It was an advantage that surely opened my mind to different perspectives by interacting with different cultures in different social contexts, but especially carried me out to realize how the so called "education" - in general, but in high school in particular - shortly addresses fundamental needs as much individually as socialy, since people tend to ignore its essential functions or misunderstand the concepts it involves, precisely because their implications are so general that they shouldn't be analyzed in separated contexts, school and society, as far as they are, with respect, one a component of the other but the other being the expression of the first one in a long term.
By observing both components as a whole, Dewey proposes a model that doesn't necessarily apply to actual issues or give factual solutions, but at least redefines "education" by integrating inherent aspects to human nature in its double acception - as a group as much as an individual -, which reveals the values traditional education still mostly hides.
I delibarately took the initiative of question what high school didn't explained to me, and probably often forget to ask itself. In what ways education serves people in the aim of blooming personally and socially ?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Important Book December 20, 2008
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Dewey is not exactly light reading, and this little book is pretty heavy. But it's also vitally important in understanding how kids learn. I'm a college coach, but I took much away from Dewey's principle of authentic learning. This is standard reading for any educator, but I'd press coaches, mentors and anyone else involved with improving young lives to read this. Dewey is so classic is almost cliche...but there's good reason for that.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great then, and great now
John Dewey, great then, and great now! Everything still applies!
Used at Indiana State University!
Published 11 days ago by Beth E. Pless
3.0 out of 5 stars typos
This version of the ebook had distracting typos. Other than that it was John Dewey, take him or leave him.
Published 1 month ago by paula
4.0 out of 5 stars Exactly what I ordered
Arrived on time and the price was great. Ordered for a class.
Published 2 months ago by Jack
5.0 out of 5 stars A must for a parent's library
Like new book. I wanted to read Dewey's thoughts rather than what others said what Dewey said. I agree with some of Dewey's beliefs, but disagree with others.
Published 11 months ago by Robert Brown
5.0 out of 5 stars Timeless wisdom
Although written nearly 100 years ago I was dumbstruck at how relevant his writings are to contemporary society as relates to the field of education. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Connie Johnson
1.0 out of 5 stars Worst publisher! Buy book from different publisher
This publisher did not do a punctuation check. For example, on page 38, the quotation punctuation is spaced too far apart from the words and are angled incorrectly (confusing the... Read more
Published on February 16, 2012 by Laura
1.0 out of 5 stars Do Not Buy This Edition!!
Do not buy this "" edition. It is TERRIBLE. There are a ridiculous amount of typesetting errors, dropped words, missing characters, etc. Read more
Published on January 22, 2012 by jim11218
4.0 out of 5 stars Great
This book will never go out of style. As a future educator we talk about John Dewey and his work in class all the time. I always keep this book handy in the classroom!
Published on February 11, 2011 by Jenna
1.0 out of 5 stars Ivory tower crackpot theories.
No "expert" on education can afford to be unacquainted with the immortal John Dewey and his experimental school. Read more
Published on October 20, 2005 by Jon Torodash
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