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John Dewey

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pragmatism
This "down-to-earth" philosophy emphasizes everyday problem solving.
pragmatism
This philosophy focuses on getting along in this world and getting used to change. Change is the central reality of life.
Romanticism
This movement emphasizes individualism, emotions, and nature. Child centered where children are good and their natural development is a good thing.
Experimentalism
Another name for pragmatism.
John Dewey
Who came up with pragmatism and experimentalism
Democracy
This type of environment is most conducive to human beings growth. Students should be taught to be this way instead of passive and submissive.
Scientific Method
Dewey considers this the most reliable kind of knowledge. We must teach the way students learn the best and not all children are alike.
Evolution
Ultimately we all want one thing...to survive. The reality of life is change and students must learn to think, solve problems, and adapt to changing situations.
Industrialization
Dewey responded negatively to this. This polarized wealth, disempowered working class people, and undermined democratic ideals.
Pragmatism
Focused on testing ideas in the real world. Dewey tested these ideas at the Univ. of Chicago in a lab school.
Dewey
His north star is growth and to create a nurturing environment for kids to grow in.
Topics of Interest
Dewey believed the curriculum should be organized around these and students would still learn everything they need to know.
Pragmatism
One of the central concepts of this philosophy is the interconnectedness of all knowledge.
Survival
Dewey said we have to have a core value system based on this.