Wednesday, May 20, 2009

John Dewey (1858-1952)

He directed the Progressive Movement, he felt education should be integrated with life and should promote cooperative living.

From My Pedagogic Creed (Washington DC: The progressive Education Association, 1897):

“I believe that only true education comes from the stimulation of the child’s powers by the demands of the social situations in which he finds himself”

“The child’s own instinct and powers furnish the material and give the starting point for all education”. I a child want to build a table they have to learn to understand the directions, calculate the cost, and purchase the materials. In the building process they will understand geometry, physics and math. By working in teams they develop their social skills

Experiential education uses various tools like games, simulations, role plays, stories in classrooms. The experiential education mindset changes the way the teachers and students view knowledge. Knowledge is no longer just some letters on a page. It becomes active, something that is transacted with in life or life-like situations. It starts to make teachers experience providers, and not just transmitters of the written word. (John Dewey)

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