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.
Democracy and Education: An Introduction to the Philosophy of Educationby John Dewey
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"Democracy and Education" is a truly wonderful book with none of the dogmatic pretense or "scientific methods" features in so many competing treatises. John Dewey's ideas are fresh, original, and beautifully crafted. Rather than presenting Dewey's ideas as explicit recommendations to be implemented, "Democracy and Education" provides a general exploration of educational aims and processes. In "Democracy and Education," Dewey explores closely connected concepts which are left out of other educational texts. His writing is clear and concise. Despite the passage of time, John Dewey remains as one of the greatest educational philosophers. Many of Dewey's catch phrases, such as "learning by doing," are now commonly repeated in educational circles. If you have not done so already, take the time to read "Democracy and Education," and see if you don't agree that it eclipses all other books on education.
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I was pleased with the purchase of this book. I used it for a research paper and it had all the information that I needed for the paper. Although not an abridged version, it lacks more information in terms of the table of contents and the ability to look for topics in an index, which sometimes proves helpful, especially in research endeavors. The book is all Dewey, however, and it is a very good read for people truly interested in educational philosophy. It is a very good deal pricewise.