The Progressive Education Movement: Is It Still a Factor in Today's Schools?

The Progressive Education Movement: Is It Still a Factor in Today's Schools?

by William Hayes
     
 

ISBN-10: 1578865212

ISBN-13: 9781578865215

Pub. Date: 11/06/2006

Publisher: R&L Education

For more than one hundred years, the United States has been the scene of academic warfare between traditional and progressive educators. During most of our nation's history, many Americans have assumed that the primary purpose of school is to pass on to children the information and skills necessary to survive in our society. This traditional view accepts the fact

Overview

For more than one hundred years, the United States has been the scene of academic warfare between traditional and progressive educators. During most of our nation's history, many Americans have assumed that the primary purpose of school is to pass on to children the information and skills necessary to survive in our society. This traditional view accepts the fact that a teacher's task is to inform children as to what they should know. Officials at the state and local level determine the content of students' education, and it is the teacher's job to ensure that the content is taught. Even before the beginning of the twentieth century, John Dewey and others introduced a different model. They believed that students learn best 'by doing' not by being passive listeners. For progressive educators, the teacher's role was to be a facilitator of learning in classrooms where students' interest helped to provide appropriate developmental learning experience. This new approach to education has greatly affected our schools during the past century. More recently, we have seen the emergence in American education of four initiatives that have threatened the continued influence of progressive education. They include the 'back to basics movement,' mandated state curriculum standards, high-stakes testing, and school accountability. Despite these trends, there appears to be several factors that might lead one to conclude that progressive education is remaining a viable approach in the United States. This book considers these factors as well as past, present, and possible future of the progressive education movement.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781578865215
Publisher:
R&L Education
Publication date:
11/06/2006
Pages:
182
Product dimensions:
6.34(w) x 9.37(h) x 0.83(d)

Table of Contents

Part 1 Introduction Chapter 2 The Rise of Progressive Education Chapter 3 John Dewey Chapter 4 Other Pioneers in the Progressive Education Movement Chapter 5 The Progressive Education Movement During the First Half of the Twentieth Century Chapter 6 The Fifties Chapter 7 The Sixties and Seventies Chapter 8 A Nation at Risk (1983) Chapter 9 The Eighties and Nineties Chapter 10 No Child Left Behind Chapter 11 Maria Montessori Chapter 12 Teacher Education Programs Chapter 13 Middle Schools Chapter 14 Choice Chapter 15 Education of the Gifted and Talented Chapter 16 Progressive Education Today Chapter 17 The Future of Progressive Education

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