John Dewey's Philosophy Of Democratic Education

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John Dewey (1859-1952), was a philosopher and educator who changed the normal schooling conventions throughout his career, lifetime and beyond. Dewey strongly influenced the design of innovative educational approaches to create a democratic learning environment. Examples of these democratic strategies are demonstrated through current day discovery and experiential learning methods undertaken by teachers globally. The idea behind these approaches is to allow transmission to occur through communication. For John Dewey, education and democracy are intimately connected. Dewey’s philosophy of democratic education was, potentially, influenced by his Early life and Education, Relationships and Books e.g. Darwin.
Early life and Education
John Dewey was born on October 20th 1859 in Burlington, Vermont. His father, Archibald, was a grocer and his mother came from a farming background. John and his two brothers were raised in a middle class community. Dewey attended grade school at Burlington Public School up until the age of twelve. Dewey spent three short years in high school education before progressing to the University of Vermont at the age of sixteen. The University of Vermont had a teaching and learning approach which may have influenced Dewey’s philosophy; all students were encouraged to be themselves and to define their own thoughts. For a short while, Dewey worked as a school teacher before enrolling in Johns Hopkins University to complete graduate studies in philosophy.
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