John Dewey (Education)

John Dewey (Education/1859-1952) was an American psychologist and social and educational reformer. Considered to be one of the fathers of progressive education, Dewey believed that educational reform was an essential component of social reform. He advocated for more democratic classroom pedagogies in foundational texts such as The Child and the Curriculum (1902) and Democracy and Education (1916). His philosophy of progressive education rejected traditional conceptions of education as vocational preparation and instead emphasized experiential learning, problem solving, and the development of social skills.

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