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Dewey's Dream: Universities and Democracies in an Age of Education Reform [NOOK Book]

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This timely, persuasive, and hopeful book reexamines John Dewey's idea of schools, specifically community schools, as the best places to grow a democratic society that is based on racial, social, and economic justice. The authors assert that American colleges and universities bear a responsibility for-and would benefit substantially from-working with schools to develop democratic schools and communities.

Dewey's Dream opens with a reappraisal of Dewey's philosophy and an ...

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Dewey's Dream: Universities and Democracies in an Age of Education Reform

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Overview

This timely, persuasive, and hopeful book reexamines John Dewey's idea of schools, specifically community schools, as the best places to grow a democratic society that is based on racial, social, and economic justice. The authors assert that American colleges and universities bear a responsibility for-and would benefit substantially from-working with schools to develop democratic schools and communities.

Dewey's Dream opens with a reappraisal of Dewey's philosophy and an argument for its continued relevance today. The authors-all well-known in education circles-use illustrations from over 20 years of experience working with public schools in the University of Pennsylvania's local ecological community of West Philadelphia, to demonstrate how their ideas can be put into action. By emphasizing problem-solving as the foundation of education, their work has awakened university students to their social responsibilities. And while the project is still young, it demonstrates that Dewey's "Utopian ends" of creating optimally participatory democratic societies can lead to practical, constructive school, higher education and community change, development, and improvement.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781592135936
  • Publisher: Temple University Press
  • Publication date: 11/27/2007
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 149
  • File size: 222 KB

Meet the Author

Lee Benson is Emeritus Professor of History, University of Pennsylvania.
Ira Harkavy is Associate Vice President and Director of the Center for Community Partnerships, University of Pennsylvania
John Puckett is Associate Professor in the Policy, Management, and Evaluation Division of the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education. He is the co-author of Leonard Covello and the Making of Benjamin Franklin High School: Education as if Citizenship Mattered.
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Table of Contents

Preface
                                     
Introduction: Dewey's Lifelong Crusade for Participatory Democracy 

Chapter One
Michigan Beginnings, 1884-1888                              

1. 1.  Dewey's First Attempt to Combine Theory and Practice                                               
 
Chapter Two
Dewey at Chicago, 1894-1904                                

2.1.  President Harper and Chicago's Department of Pedagogy                                       

2.2.  Plato's “Republic” and Dewey's “Philosophy of Education”                                

2.3.  Participatory Democratic Societies and Participatory Democratic Schooling Systems                     

2.4.  Dewey's Laboratory School                                         

2.5. Wilhelm Wundt's Psychological Laboratory and Dewey's Scientistic Laboratory School                 

2.6. Jane Addams, Hull House, and Dewey's Prophetic Essay, “The School as Social Centre”              

2.7. The Schooling System as the Strategic Subsystem of Modern Societies                        

Chapter Three
Dewey Leaves Chicago for Columbia                                   

3.1. Dewey Abandons Any Attempt To Integrate Schooling Theory and Schooling Practice                   

3.2. Dewey vs. Lippmann: Participatory Democracy and Face-to Face
            Neighborly Communities           

   3.3. Democratic Theory and the Construction of Democratic Cosmopolitan
               Neighborly Communities   

Chapter Four
Elsie Clapp's Contributions To Community Schools                                          

4.1. Maurice Seay and Community Schools                             

4.2. The Rise and Decline of the Community School Movement After 1945
 

Chapter Five
Penn and the Third Revolution In American Higher Education                          

5.1. Increasing Penn's Engagement With Local Public Schools As a
Practical Example of Democratic Devolution Revolution                          

5.2. An Innovative Strategy To Achieve A Democratic Devolution Revolution                            

5.3. Penn and West Philadelphia Public Schools: Learning By Reflective Doing                                   

Chapter Six
The Center for Community Partnerships                                            

6.1. Changing Penn's Undergraduate Curriculum To Help Change
            West Philadelphia Public Schools   

6.2. Community Healthcare As A Complex Strategic Problem To “Do Good”
  And Help Bring About “One University” 
             
6.3.  Democratic Partnerships and Communal Participatory Action Research                      

6.4.  President Rodin's Inspiring Vision of Penn and West Philadelphia
As Constituting A “Beloved Community”                        

6.5.  President Gutmann Proclaims a “Penn Compact” To “Serve Humanity And Society”                   

Chapter Seven
The University Civic Responsibility Idea Becomes An International Movement                        

7.1.  An International Academic Consortium for the Advancement of Democracy                     

Chapter Eight
John Dewey, the Coalition for Community Schools, and Developing a
Participatory Democratic American Society     
                       
Notes 

Acknowledgements                           

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